Our eMeals Registered Dietitian, Jessica, loves barbecue but not added sugar and sodium. Find out her solution for healthier homemade barbecue sauce.
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of barbecue is the sauce. Now I know that barbecue enthusiasts can get into serious debates about which kind of sauce is the best, but the fact of the matter is that most bottled barbecue sauce in the grocery store is loaded with added sugar and sodium. This homemade barbecue sauce from the eMeals Clean Eating meal plan takes just 5 minutes to make, and is lower is sodium and sugar than most store-bought varieties.
This sauce is made with canned tomato sauce, tomato paste, a little garlic, cider vinegar and molasses, so it’s got a nice balance of natural sweetness and bit of acid from the vinegar. Bonus – it cost less to make this sauce than it would have to just buy a bottle. Store the sauce in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (8-oz) can organic tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons unsulfured molasses
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Add garlic to pan, and sauté 1 minute or until tender.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste, molasses, honey, vinegar and pepper.
Check out the eMeals Clean Eating Plan here! What’s your favorite kind of barbecue sauce?