Friday, February 8, 2013

Slow Cooker Barbecue Sauce

Have you ever looked at the ingredients in store bought barbecue sauce?  High fructose corn syrup.  Soy bean oil.  Sugar.  And a bunch of other stuff I can't even pronounce.  Ugh! 

I haven't found a suitable sauce replacement for the junk-infused kind my family used to consume back in the day.  So I finally decided to make my own.   After all, how hard can it be? 

Not hard at all as it turns out....  In fact, throw all your ingredients in the slow cooker and just let it simmer up and transform into some Southern style goodness.

We had this on grilled chicken and also a pizza recipe that I used to make but had to modify to make it "primal" or paleo-ish.  I'll be sharing that pizza crust and pizza recipe soon!  :-)

Slow Cooker (and Crap-Free) Barbecue Sauce
Makes about 3 and 1/4 cups

3 small onions, minced or chopped finely
4 garlic cloves, minced
8 oz can of tomato sauce - read label carefully for no salt, sugar or additives
6 oz can of tomato paste - read label carefully for no salt, sugar or additives
1 and 1/2 cups of all natural chicken broth
1 Tbsp local honey
1 Tbsp molasses
1/8 cup + 1 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup of Dijon mustard
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp of Worcestershire sauce - add at the end - optional

In a skillet, cook your minced onions with garlic.  Simmer and stir them for several minutes.

Cook until they turn brown.  This helps seal in the flavor to begin your barbecue sauce.  It should look like this:

Now place the cooked onions and garlic in the bottom of your slow cooker.  Turn the heat to low.  Add in all remaining ingredients except for the Worcestershire sauce.  Stir. 

Cook on low for 4-5 hours. 

Taste the sauce.  If you think it needs a little bit more punch, add in the Worcestershire sauce.  If you like it as is, leave out the last ingredient. 

Serve over your grilled chicken or on a barbecue pizza (recipe will be posted soon for that!)


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