High fructose corn syrup, modified food starch, caramel color... mmm! Doesn't that sound yummy?!
Those are just a few of the things in my favorite barbeque sauce. Actually, these things are in tons of things we use all of the time! In order to avoid these artificial flavors and preservatives, I began to start trying to make things from scratch, and guess what? They are quick, easy, and they taste even better than the originals! :)
Homemade Barbeque Sauce
adapted from Simply Scratch
1 1/4 cups brown sugar mix all ingredients until well blended. Add water to acheive texture
1 1/4 cups organic ketchup desired.
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 1/2 tsp ground mustard
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp black pepper
I put this batch of sauce in the crock pot with some chicken breasts and cook on low for 4 hours. You can either shred the chicken for pulled chicken or eat them just the way they are. Delicious!
recipe from Budget Bytes
(2) 26 oz jars crushed tomatoes* add all ingredients to crockpot and mix. cook on low for 6-8 hours.
6 oz jar tomato paste freeze leftovers.
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1/2 TBSP minced garlic
2 bay leaves
1 TBSP dried basil
1 TBSP dried oregano
1 TBSP brown sugar**
1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
*I highly recommend Pomi brand chopped tomatoes for this. They come in a carton, not a can, so no worries of BPA contamination! They are sold in most grocery stores, and only cost a little more than canned.
**I also recommend Rapadura instead of brown. It is unrefined, so not only does it have a taste similar to brown sugar, but it is full of nutrients!
1 TBSP chili powder mix together all ingredients. use as much/as little as you like and
1/4 tsp garlic powder store in an airtight container.
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp black pepper
These are just a few of the easy ways to save money & eat healthier! It's so nice to know exactly what is in the food you are eating. Will be adding more soon! :)