Sugar Free BBQ Sauce

Make your own sugar free BBQ sauce. You know it will be better than what you might be able to find in the stores (if you can even find it at all).

I know things that I show you and talk about almost always seem to have brown sugar or molasses in them. That's because I like at least some sweetness in my BBQ sauce. So does most of my family.

I have a sister-in-law, though, that can not eat anything with sugar in it. Not only that, she is restricted from eating foods that create sugars, such as corn.

She is not able to eat potatoes or white flour either. Some fruits are OK, like cherries. But others are not, like grapes. It gets pretty complicated. That's why I just ask, or hand her the label so she can tell me if she can eat it or not.

Every time we get together, we always take a close look at our meal plans so we can be fixing things that she is able eat. Sometimes we end up making two batches of something (a regular version, and another sugar free version with all the right foods).

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If you subscribe to Original-Q , (which I wish you would) you'll notice in the January issue that I fixed two different batches of meatballs. That was so my sister-in-law would have some that she could eat.

Over Christmas when I grilled those meatballs (yes, grilled), I also made a second sauce too, which was a BBQ sauce for her that was sugar free.

In case you missed it, here is what I did for the meatballs (make them big enough so they won't fall through the grill).

1 lb ground beef
2 Tbl onion
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp celery salt
pepper (your taste)
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

After rolling them around on the grill and getting some good grill marks, here is the sauce that I used.

1/4 c vinegar
1/2 c ketchup
1 Tbl brown sugar
1 clove crushed garlic
2 Tbls Worcestershire sauce

Heat the sauce. Add the cooked meatballs and simmer for about 30 minutes. Serve hot.

Just Don't Use It

When I made the sugar free BBQ sauce, I simply left out the brown sugar. Well, I also used tomato sauce instead of ketchup (the label said it had sugar in it).

That seems to make an OK sauce, but people who can't eat sugar like a little sweetness too. So, we just added enough Splenda to give it that needed extra.

Making a sugar free BBQ sauce can be done by simply substituting sugar, brown sugar, molasses, honey, etc., with your favorite form of sweetener. Just taste along the way so you won't get too much. And also be checking other ingredients for sugar content, such as ketchup, or even some tomato sauces.

By using good quality ingredients, and making sugar free BBQ sauce yourself, it will almost assuredly turn out better that anything you could buy.

Don't be afraid to give it a try. After a few attempts, you will begin trying new things all the time. Just get yourself another drink and try again.


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