Date-Sweetened BBQ Sauce
This Date-Sweetened BBQ Sauce is, no joke, probably the best I’ve ever had – and I had my fair share of store-bought and big name BBQ brands growing up. Unlike those brands though, high-fructose corn syrup isn’t the first ingredient. You won’t find modified corn starch, weird preservatives, or caramel color. Instead, you’ll find a nutrient-dense, whole-food-based, and incredibly flavorful, let’s-slather-over-everything sauce that you can easily make yourself.
Since this recipe is simply my Date-Sweetened Ketchup + molasses, you can have a batch of each blended up in 10 minutes. Now just need to get some sweet potato fries baking. 🙂
Highlights of this BBQ sauce:
- Date-Sweetened Ketchup. See recipe.
- Unsulphured blackstrap molasses. Although a byproduct of the sugar cane refinement process, molasses is lower in sugar than many other sweeteners and is also very rich in nutrients (contrary to many sweeteners with are nutrientless) Of note: iron, calcium, potassium, and B vitamins. Molasses also gives those deep, caramel notes characteristic of BBQ.
How easy it is to make:
Unlike most brands where high-fructose corn syrup is the first ingredient, you'll find a nutrient-dense, whole-food-based, and incredibly flavorful, let's-slather-over-everything sauce that you can easily make yourself.
- Date-Sweetened Ketchup recipe (linked in recipe notes)
- Unsulphured blackstrap molasses
- Additional spices: smoked paprika, granulated garlic, onion powder
Once you have the ketchup to your liking, mix in the molasses about 1-2 tablespoons (or a spoonful) at a time until you reach desired BBQ sauce flavor.
Stores in the fridge up to a few weeks or make in bulk and freeze in small jars (may need to blend again after thawing).
*For those that don't know, my recipes are made as whole and nutrient-dense as possible, but still incredibly satisfying. I share my recipes without measurements and hope they equip you to not feel confined to a recipe, but rather confident in your kitchen to be able to create something unique, nourishing, and delicious all on your own. So take this recipe as inspiration and enjoy! Head on over to my IG @noelle.parton and tag me if you try this out, or contact me if you have questions or comments.
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