Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wanted: BBQ Sauce Recipe

Sometimes not everything works out as planned.

I wouldn't say our first attempt at making BBQ sauce was a failure, but it was definitely far from successful.  We have found it impossible to find a BBQ sauce without either tons of salt, tons of sugar, or both.  So, in order to make pulled pork, we tried to make our own. 

The recipe sounded simple enough, but the end product yielded less than half of the sauce we needed, and I'm not sure I would've called that sauce - BBQ.  It was more like spiced tomato paste.

Improvising a little we added more tomato paste, paprika, apple cider vinegar, mustard powder and another splash of orange juice.  We then threw in a bunch of chili powder (probably too much), garlic powder, onion powder, some dijon mustard, and of course my favorite spice - cumin.  The end result was a mixture that could be construed as a weak BBQ sauce with added tomato paste.

We are definitely going to try our hand at making BBQ sauce again, and plan to try Loren Cordain's Raspberry BBQ Sauce derived from his Ray's Catsup recipe. 

Has anybody made their own paleo BBQ sauce?  What works?  What doesn't?

It's Day 10 of our challenge and we're still going strong!

Ron Santo #10
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  1. besides the added honey, this store bought bbq sauce is paleo:

    i haven't tried it yet, but i've heard good reviews.

    good luck with your next homemade batch!

  2. Kerri - I've seen that sauce and want to try it! During our challenge, we're committed to making our own, but when we're done that's definitely on our list.

    Also, we did try another batch and had much more success. We tried the Son of Grok sauce and really enjoyed it! Here's a link if you're interested:

  3. definitely going to try that recipe. thank you! continued good luck on your challenge...