I love barbecue sauce, so I’m happy to have learned how to make it myself. This sauce is so simple to make, and it tastes delicious. It’s free of refined sugar and other questionable ingredients that store-bought barbecue sauce tends to include. I like to serve it with shredded chicken over a baked potato for a delicious, gluten-free meal. This recipe is adapted from Food Renegade’s Better Barbecue Sauce.
1 tbs. olive oil
¾ cup minced onion
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tbs. soy sauce
1 cup tomato sauce
1 tsp. cumin
½ tsp. dry mustard
½ tsp. smoked paprika
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
3 tbs. honey
- In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, sauté the onion in the olive oil until softened (3-4 minutes).
- Add the crushed garlic and cook for another minute. I use a microplane to turn the garlic into a puree so I don’t end up with little chunks of garlic in the sauce.
- Add the remaining ingredients. Stir together, and simmer over low heat until thickened (about 20 minutes).
This recipe yields 1¼ cups of barbecue sauce and it costs $1.67 to make. You could find a jar of barbecue sauce at the supermarket for less money, but its list of ingredients would include things like high fructose corn syrup, modified food starch, and sodium benzoate. Make homemade barbecue sauce and you’ll be happier with the taste and the ingredient list.