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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