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Barbecue Sauce with Stevia

Barbecue Sauce is an intensely personal thing. Some like it super sweet, others a tangy mustard based sauce, and we love it HOT and SPICY! Living on a sugar free diet, that shuns HFCS high fructose corn syrup and every other kind of "natural" sweetener out there, BBQ sauce was a thing of the past, unless we cheated.

I was determined to make a delicious Crock Pot Pulled Pork Barbecue in the slow cooker, and make a yummy, stevia based BBQ sauce to top it, Paleo/Primal without the worldview, GAPS friendly, low carb, no sugar, no fake sweeteners,

Think of this as a base recipe for stevia based barbecue sauce, that CAN and SHOULD be adapted to your family's tastes! Use it as a baseline to start your adventures in making homemade BBQ sauce. Now to try bottling some with our summer's harvest...hmmm!

As ever, this was cobbled together from my own style and what we love in BBQ sauce, inspired by a great food blog! A huge thank you to Shannon at Nourishing, who posted a recipe based on a recipe a cookbook we both own, The Garden of Eating.

Stevia Based BBQ Sauce

Wet ingredients

  • 1 Tbls EVOO
  • 1 large onion,diced
  • 1 Tomato Paste, 6 oz can, we used Muir Glen brand
  • 1 1/2 cups Bone Building Broth (or you can use good water and organic bouillon if that is what you have)
  • 1 fresh lemon or lime, squeezing all juice out (or could use 2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • liquid stevia - begin with about 10 drops

Spice Mix for sauce

  • 2-3 teaspoons minced garlic, or a couple of cloves (can you have too much garlic?)
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1 dried cayenne pepper from summer, cut (it crumbles)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper - up to a full tablespoon - this is VERY individual

In a large saucepan, drizzle the EVOO, and throw the onion in, sauteing until translucent. I toyed with the idea of actually caramelizing the onions, which I will do another day and post about! About half way through the onion sauteing, add garlic, sauteing gently. Add broth and whip gently with a wire whisk. Add dry spice mix, whisking to blend.

Add entire can of tomato paste, whisking thoroughly to blend. Add entire freshly squeezed lemon or lime. We had a luscious, organic Meyer lemon, a sweeter, delicate lemon that was added a wonderfully fresh flavor.

At this point, stirring and at a gentle boil, I added a few drops of stevia to test it out. We definitely did not want a super sweet stevia BBQ sauce, but I was going for more of a cayenne spicy! A total of 10 drops of stevia got this batch where I wanted it to be. The natural sweetness of your onions, garlic and lemons can change this each time you make it, so just be careful and add stevia, stir, taste and then add more if you want. You will be thankful you used caution!

Cook on low for about 1/2 an hour. Taste, adjust seasonings and serve.

We poured the entire batch over our Crock Pot Pulled Pork Barbecue.

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