Monday, July 11, 2011

Barbecue Sauce Sans HFCS/Sugar

Summer is here and many of us are enjoying the ease of the grill for our meals.
One of the most common condiments/sauces when grilling is a flavorful barbecue sauce.  Many people rely on the ease and convenience of bottled bbq sauce.  The health implications, however, far outweigh the convenience.  Especially if we are relying on the sauce on a weekly basis.
So what's the big deal?
Have you read the ingredients from your bottle of bbq sauce??  More than likely, it looks like the one above.  Uh-huh, the one with HCFS as the FIRST ingredient!  Really?! 
If you're not sure...Check. Right. Now.
If HCFS is in the list of ingredients - whether in first place or last - throw it out.

Try your hand at homemade bbq sauce - it's not as difficult as you think and the ingredients/freshness is superior to anything you would purchase at a store.

1/2 cup onion finely chopped
5 garlic cloves minced
1 tblsp coconut oil
1 tblsp coconut vinegar
2 tblsp coconut aminos
juice from 1 large orange
1/2 tsp ground mustard
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
salt & pepper to taste

In medium saucepan, saute onion and garlic in oil until softened (approx. 5 min).  Add remainder ingredients and simmer for about 20 minutes.
This is delicious over any protein choice or as a dip for any veggie, sweet potato fries or even the almond crusted chicken nuggets recipe on this blog!

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