A Low Carb Barbecue Sauce Recipe
Being mostly meat, barbecue tends to be low in carbs -- but the sauce usually isn't. Well, here's a nice low carb barbecue sauce to try.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
If the whole concept of low carb barbecue sauce seems like a contradiction in terms, like, say, jumbo shrimp or military intelligence, that's because it kind of is. But! It's still possible to create a low carb sauce that's a delight to the taste buds, and in this exciting episode, we'll show you one way to do it.
Most commercial barbecue sauces are full of sugar: they may contain as many as 44 grams per quarter cup. That's over an ounce by weight dissolved in just two fluid ounces -- which is a heckuva lot of carbohydrates!
So if you're a diabetic or otherwise on a diet where you watch your carbs, there's little choice other than to use the sauce sparingly or eat your meat dry... right? Well, no, not necessarily. Fortunately for us all, it's fairly easy to create a delicious low carb sauce so you can enjoy the complete barbecue experience
I like this particular recipe a lot. Admittedly, it's not quite as piquant as a sugary sauce, but then, low carb substitutes are rarely as good as the originals. On the other hand, it's so much healthier, so it's worth the trade-off.
Here's what you'll need:
4 finely-chopped bacon strips
1 large diced onion
2 minced garlic cloves
2 six-ounce cans of tomato paste
1/2 cup of sugar-free ketchup
6 tablespoons of mustard
2 12-ounce cans of diet cola
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
First, fry up the bacon in a large saucepan, then add the minced onion and cook it over medium heat until it starts to get soft. Then add the garlic, and stir it well for 30-45 seconds.
Next, add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly, and allow the sauce to simmer for about half an hour. While it may seem too liquid at first, the heat will reduce the mixture to the appropriate thickness. If the mix doesn't seem sweet enough, you can add your favorite lo-cal sweeter as you finalize it.
Sidenote: I prefer Diet Dr. Pepper as my cola ingredient, because it does offer a slight brown sugar flavor. In addition, you can always experiment with additional spices to make this recipe your own. And if you really want to cut the carbs, lose the onion... but you'll lose some flavor.
This recipe will make several pints of sauce. Just store it in your refrigerator until you need it, and slather your meat with it as you normally would. I think you'll enjoy the flavor of this low carb barbecue sauce, and appreciate its health benefits too.