BBQ sauce is a staple at any BBQ, in fact I firmly believe that every fridge should have some BBQ sauce in it for when a burger craving hits and I am bringing you a healthier homemade recipe, so you never have to buy a store bought bottle again.
BBQ week doesn’t start until next next week (you will pretty much only see BBQ recipes from me next week), but I am getting started a little early to bring you this just in time for the weekend. I know it is tempting to just buy a bottle of BBQ sauce, but this is super easy to make and think how impressed your guests will be this weekend when you tell them that the delicious sauce they are tucking in to is homemade!
If you want to be kept up to date on my new healthy and delicious recipes like this, then please subscribe to the blog mailing list (it takes 30 seconds) and you will get sent the new recipes straight to your inbox. Your email address won’t be passed on to anyone and you will never be spammed. Click here to sign up
Growing up, an old friend’s Dad made the best BBQ sauce and he kept his recipe close to his chest and said he would never share. It was chunky, had the perfect blend of flavours and I have never been able to make anything like it. I have made a lot of good BBQ sauces in the past, but that was when I didn’t care what I was putting in to it and I added tons (not literally, I hope) of sugar to try and recreate that BBQ sauce I used to love so much.
Of course BBQ sauce with loads of sugar tastes great, but for those of us that don’t want to consume that much sugar, we need a healthier alternative that doesn’t lack in taste and I have made one that I am really happy with. I know there will be someone out there ready to comment with “buy maple syrup is still sugar” – yes, it is, but it has lots of nutritional benefits too and I have used much less than the sugar equivalent in store bought, which is what makes it healthier.
What also makes this sauce better, is the quality of ingredients that have been used, which is something that you can never guarantee when you buy it. At least when you make it, you know exactly what has gone in to it. I have used Cirio passata and Cirio tomato puree in this, which are the best quality tomato products you will find, so you have a double whamy of Cirio here. They have an intense tomato flavour, they are thick so they don’t water down the sauce, and they will take your homemade BBQ sauce to another level. If you are going to go to the effort of making your own sauce, buy the best quality products you can to go in to that sauce – that means Cirio!
We have put this sauce in the slow cooker with chicken, put it on top of cheeseburgers, used it as a dip and even stirred it into pasta. I *may* have just eaten it out of the jar too, but I can’t confirm that and you have no proof, so let’s speak no more about it! Also, when Dave is not in the mood for vegetables (but I still make him eat them, because that’s what I do), he puts some of this on them. Hey, whatever gets the veggies eaten!
Oh, the actual burgers in the buns aren’t actually homemade, they are Linda McCartney Vegetarian Pulled Pork Burgers and they are incredible. Seriously, the best veggie burgers I have ever had and they go perfectly with my BBQ sauce. I just thought I would share that discovery with you all.
Ingredients – 8 servings:
– 1 large onion, very finely diced
– 540g bottle/2 cup Cirio passata/tomato sauce
– 4 tbsp Cirio tomato puree/tomato paste
– 2 gloves of garlic, crushed
– 1 tbsp paprika
– 4 tbsp honey or pure maple syrup
– 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
– 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
– A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
– 1 tsp red chilli flakes (optional if you want a little spice)
1) Add a little oil to a pan and add the onion and cook on low for 5 minutes until softened.
2) Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan and simmer for 3 minutes
3) You can either use it like it is if you like a chunkier BBQ sauce, or you can blend it for a smoother sauce.
Nutritional Information – Per person:
Let’s stay in touch!
Looking for some more recipes that use BBQ sauce:
Brazilian Turkey Burgers from Fab Food 4 All
Panko Crusted BBQ Tofu from Planet Veggie
BBQ Pulled Chicken Flatbread from Eats Amazing
Smothered Chicken from Munchies and Munchkins
3 Ingredient Awesome Hangover Food from Lovely Appetite
**This recipe is commissioned by Cirio, however all opinions are my own**