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Based off of my mom’s favorite barbecue sauce recipe, this is definitely my favorite healthy barbecue sauce to date! I’ve made a few already, including the one used in this Sweet & Spicy BBQ Meatball Bake, as well as a few more to be included in my upcoming cookbook. This one took inspiration from a recipe in a church cookbook we like to use, but I made enough of my own tweaks to turn it into another recipe (because what’s the fun in making something the same way twice?). It’s a sweet barbecue, so adjust that according to your family’s preferences. I made pulled pork with it (you can find instructions for that in the printable recipe below). Pork loin is an inexpensive meat, and I’m always trying to find good ways to prepare it – this is definitely my new favorite!
This barbecue sauce recipe makes about 6 cups, which was enough to make pulled pork out of a 4 lb. pork loin with 3 cups of sauce left over. We just kept the rest in the fridge and have been using it on everything from grilled chicken to haystacks to green beans to brown rice! I kind of love barbecue sauce….
I served this yummy barbecue with salad and roasted okra. Roasting okra helps cut some of its sliminess. Simply slice okra in half lengthwise and toss it with olive oil and garlic salt, then roast it in the oven at about 450* until it’s as tender as you want it to be (15-20 minutes).
Every good Southern barbecue needs a good coleslaw to go with it. Good news! There’s a yummy coleslaw recipe in my upcoming cookbook! I’m working with my designer on a cookbook cover design right now; hopefully the book will be available for preorder here on my website sometime in October!
Trim Healthy Mamas, this perfect barbecue sauce contains butter which would normally be an S ingredient, but if you use 1/4 cup of sauce or less in a serving, the fat stays within Fuel Pull boundaries and can be used in any fuel setting. Pair the sauce with a lean meat such as chicken or turkey breast or pork tenderloin to stay in Fuel Pull territory, or use it with a fattier meat for a THM:S. (New to the whole Trim Healthy Mama thing? Click here for my quick synopsis and a bunch of helpful links!)
No-sugar-added ketchup can be hard to find, but you can make your own using the easy recipe on page 482 of The Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook or find a low-carb recipe online that uses a low-glycemic sweetener. OR do it like me and just use regular ketchup as a personal choice item. It does have some sugar in it, but it makes my life much easier and I don’t think it’s done me much harm since I don’t eat ketchup on a daily basis. 🙂
As always, check out the Notes section of the recipe for answers to FAQs, and check out the Suggested Products section below the printable recipe to find links to products I use and recommend.
Other pages you might enjoy:
- Starting THM
- my picture recipe index
- my recipes indexed by THM fuel type, allergy info, and theme
- Substitution FAQs and Baking Tips
- Creamy Cucumber Salad
- ½ c. salted butter
- 4 c. no-sugar-added ketchup
- ½ - 1 c. water*
- 2 T. THM Super Sweet Blend
- 2 T. apple cider vinegar
- 1 T. yellow mustard
- 1 T. Worcestershire sauce (or an allergy-friendly alternative)
- 2 tsp. chili powder
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. molasses
- Melt the butter in a saucepan, then add the rest of the ingredients and whisk to combine. Taste and add more sweetener if desired. Simmer (uncovered) for 20 minutes. Store in the refrigerator. Yields 6 cups (24 servings)
- To make barbecue pulled pork for 12-14 people, cook a 4 lb. pork loin in a crockpot on high for 4 hours, flipping it over halfway through. Drain the juice (reserve it for another use), break the pork loin into chunks, and add 3 c. barbecue sauce. Simmer on low for 4 hours, stirring occasionally (do this with a meat fork to shred the pork finer). Serve with additional sauce as desired.
-No-sugar-added ketchup can be hard to find, but you can make your own using the easy recipe on page 482 of The Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook or find a low-carb recipe online that uses a low-glycemic sweetener. OR do it like me and just use regular ketchup as a personal choice item. It does have some sugar in it, but it makes my life much easier and I don't think it's done me much harm since I don't eat ketchup on a daily basis. =)