Have you ever read the ingredients on the back of your favorite store bought BBQ sauce? I love Sweet Baby Rays and on the top of the list is high fructose corn syrup. Darn, darn, and double darn! That would explain why I am so happy when I dip my spoon in it…all that sugary stuff running through my veins…and as you know, if it feels good, you probably can’t do it, or eat it or dip stuff in it.
But behold! A worthy subsitute! It was hard finding a recipe that didn’t include ketchup. I mean if you are going to add two cups of ketchup you might as well be slurping up the Sweet Baby Rays!
Don’t let the ingredient list intimidate you. I’ll bet you already have most of it on hand. You may not have liquid smoke in your cupboard. (I did, but I am a super food dork). You can leave it out but increase the honey by 2 tablespoons or substitute a minced chipotle pepper for some added smokey flavor.
Inspired by Gimmesomeoven.com
- 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- ⅓ cup molasses
- 3 tablespoons. worcestershire
- 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoons garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Pinch of chili flakes
- Pour all ingredients in large saucepan and whisk.
- Bring to a simmer and cook for about 10-15 minutes until sauce is thickened.
- Store in sealed container.
- Will keep in refrigerator for up to one week.