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Sugar Free BBQ Sauce

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (37 Reviews)

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Updated April 08, 2014

Sugar Free BBQ Sauce
Almost all commercial barbecue sauces are loaded with sugar. Most I've seen have 16-30 grams per quarter cup, but I've seen them as high as 44 grams! It doesn't have to be that way. This one has a secret ingredient - diet cola. It's best to use one sweetened with Splenda, but any will do (aspartame tends to lose its sweetness when heated for long periods).

Ingredients:

  • 2 strips of thick bacon, chopped fine (or see note)
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 small can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1 can (12 oz) diet (sugar-free) cola - Splenda-sweetened preferred
  • 1/4 cup low carb (sugar-free) catsup, (or see note)
  • 3 T mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • Hot sauce to taste

Preparation:

Note 1: If you prefer to leave the bacon out, add 1-3 teaspoons of liquid smoke, to taste, near the end of the cooking. Alternatively, add some smoky flavor using 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika, or chipotle powder to taste.

Note 2: If you can't find low carb catsup, leave it out, but add about a tablespoon of vinegar and some sweetener, to taste.

1) Fry the bacon in a saucepan - a 2 qt pan works well.

2) Add the onion and cook over medium until soft - 3-5 minutes. Add garlic at this point if you're using fresh and stir it for half a minute or so.

3) Add the rest of the ingredients, plus about half a cup of water. Stir well. 4) Simmer for 20-30 minutes. It will cook down a bit and flavors will combine. 5) Adjust the seasonings so you have the balance you want - you can add vinegar, artificial sweetener (liquid preferred), or hot sauce. (If it's too hot, adding more sweetener will tone it down.)

The recipe makes approximately 10 servings of 1/4 cup each. Each serving has about 3.5 grams of carbohydrate plus 1 gram of fiber.
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 5 out of 5
SO AMAZING, Guest rochelle

I tried this today with a couple different things i used a spicy mustard instead of hot sauce and I added red wine vinegar to it and it was so amazing..I made ribs in the crock pot and cooked them half way then drained grease then added the sauce to ribs and simmered and it was just delicious.

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