Healthy Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Healthy Bourbon BBQ Sauce

I know, I know…what kind of vegetarian makes their own barbecue sauce? I mean, if you’re not putting it on meat, can’t you just buy a bottle from the store?

NO WAY!  Have you ever looked at all the crap that’s in bbq sauce? I’m a big fan of fresh, whole, organic ingredients and who needs all that processed sugar and preservatives etc?  Even if you’re a meat-eater…this bbq sauce is pretty darn delicious and could stand up to any meat.  I prefer to have it with some veggie patties or veggie meatballs… but to each their own.

Remember if you ever buy anything in a can (tomato paste, beans, etc), make sure that the can specifies that the lining doesn’t use BPA…which is a chemical in plastic that’s all sorts of bad for you and can leach onto your food. No bueno.

healthy bbq sauce

Healthy BBQ Sauce


  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 small yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup bourbon Jack Daniels works
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar raw & unfiltered
  • 6 oz can tomato paste organic, without BPA lining
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp white or black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup water
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • dash cayenne


  • Add 1 tbsp coconut oil, garlic and onions to a small pot on medium heat. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the bourbon (carefully, don't start a fire) and simmer for another 5-7 minutes until the bourbon reduces quite a bit.
  • Put that mixture in the blender with the apple cider vinegar and puree, add it back to the pot on low heat.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients (including the other tbsp of coconut oil) and let simmer for at least 15 minutes, stirring occassionally.

Environmental tip: Save old glass jars from mustard, sun-dried tomatoes, etc and use them for your home-made dressing and sauces.

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