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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Gluten-Free, Low sugar, BBQ sauce...

Sugar Free BBQ Sauce


A few posts back I promised to try and find more gluten-free recipes that were lower in sugar to post on the blog. Well I believe that the recipe I am sharing with you today will not only meet the needs of my gluten-free friends, but also those who must watch their sugar intake for health reasons as well.
 
We all know that most commercial barbecue sauces are loaded with sugar. That's why they taste so good! Most have up to 16-30 grams per quarter cup, but many can reach as high as 44 grams! It doesn't have to be that way if you take a few minutes to make your own.
 
The one secret ingredient to use is diet cola. It's best to use a cola that is sweetened with Splenda, but any diet cola will do. Although, be aware that aspartame tends to lose its sweetness when heated for long periods of time, so a Splenda based diet cola will work best for this recipe. As always be sure to use GF ingredients when making.

This is so Delish, and great to have on hand for my husband, as he loves his BBQ!

 

Ingredients:

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

Preparation:

 Fry the bacon in a 2 quart saucepan.

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

 Add the rest of the ingredients.  Stir well.
 
 Simmer for 20-30 minutes. It will cook down a bit and the flavors will combine.
 
At this point you can adjust the seasonings so you have the balance you want. You can add vinegar, artificial sweetener, or hot sauce.

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.
 
As always...Enjoy!
Sharon

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