This healthy homemade BBQ sauce only takes a few minutes to throw the ingredients in a pot and let them simmer away while you make the rest of your meal. Plus, it’s easy to customize it and make it just how you like it. Thick, thin, spicy or sweet. Your choice.
Growing up I was never much of a sauce kind of gal. I never liked ketchup – I still don’t. I prefer to eat my fries plain or with fry sauce rather than dip them in ketchup, and never put it on hamburgers. My husband, on the other hand, won’t eat fries without ketchup…I guess opposites do attract.
My youngest daughter always orders ketchup with her fries, as in, I need something to eat with my ketchup. Do you know what fry sauce is? I still don’t understand why it’s only mostly in Utah and Idaho and such. It’s so good and prevalent here. It’s basically ketchup mixed with mayo. Something like that. It’s good is all I know and I generally HATE fries anyway, but I really hate ordering them outside of Utah, cause I hate fries and I hate ketchup and if there isn’t fry sauce, there’s no way I’m going to eat even one fry.
I honestly don’t understand why everyone likes fries so much. It goes way beyond my dislike of potatoes. They are so fried and over processed and greasy and fake tasting. I guess I’m just used to real food and most fries aren’t real. I do like homemade, real french fries though. And good, homemade, real onion rings – especially with fry sauce. So. good. How’s that for getting off the subject?
Even though I don’t care for ketchup, there are a few sauces or condiments I do like. One of them being mustard – I love it, and it doesn’t matter what kind; yellow, spicy, whole grain, etc. I love them all. I also love BBQ sauce. I love the sweet tanginess it brings to grilled chicken, and I love using it in the crockpot for pulled BBQ chicken (or beef, pork, turkey, etc). It’s one of my favorite comfort foods.
Unfortunately for me, I haven’t had BBQ sauce in a long time. It was something that I gave up during a sugar cleanse, and I never introduced it back into my diet. I just couldn’t find a BBQ sauce that wasn’t laden with unnecessary ingredients – although, I am sure they exist, I just couldn’t immediately find one at my local grocer.
Well, that all changed a week or two ago, when I decided to make my own BBQ sauce. Uh WHAT? If you would have told me I would be making my own BBQ sauce 7 years ago, I would have laughed in your face (I was young and had NO interest in cooking). Anyway, times have changed (I now enjoy cooking), I also learned a few things by making my own BBQ sauce:
- First and foremost I felt like a homemaking bad A** 🙂
- Second, I couldn’t believe how easy it was.
- Third, homemade BBQ sauce is CHEAP and this recipe makes a ton.
- Fourth and probably most important, it taste AMAZING!
So, I would say that this fun experiment was a smashing success :). Plus, the BBQ sauce has no high fructose corn syrup anywhere to be found, and is made with all wholesome ingredients.
Have you ever made homemade BBQ sauce before? Have you ever had fry sauce before? Do you like it or ketchup? I’d love to hear your opinion. Comment below!
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This healthy homemade BBQ sauce is delicious, easy, cost effective and made with all wholesome ingredients.
- Mix all ingredients in a large pot
- Simmer over low heat until sauce thickens and desired consistency is reached (30-60 minutes)
- Store in airtight container in the refrigerator
If you like a spicier sauce, you can decrease the honey and add some Cheyenne pepper (1/4 tsp at a time).