Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue sauce! Cheaper and healthier than the bottle stuff, no plastic bottle for the landfill, and personalized to make it yours.

Over medium heat, heat:

  • 1 glug olive oil (about a tablespoon)

When the oil is hot, add:

  • 1 onion, chopped (as finely as possible, super fine if you don’t have an immersion blender)
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, minced (depending on size and garlic love levels)

Once those are fragrant and the onion is translucent, add:

  • 1 can tomato paste
  • Tomato paste can re-filled with water (stir it up to get all leftover paste)
  • 1/2 boullion cube
  • 1 tsp whole grain dijon
  • 1 TBSP ACV
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 TBSP soy sauce (tamari, braggs, coconut aminos all work here)
  • 1 TBSP seasoning (chili powder is an easy option, combos of oregano/cumin/cayenne/smoked paprika/coriander/cayenne work fine too, use what ya got)

Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 5 minutes

Then, mix

  • 1/4 cup of apple juice, pineapple juice or red wine (use what ya got!)
  • 2 TBSP arrowroot starch, cornstarch or tapioca starch

When thoroughly mixed (no chunks!), add to the other ingredients in the sauce pan.

Let simmer 15-20 minutes, tasting occasionally for sweetness and salt levels.

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