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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Healthy Barbecue Sauce Made With Plant Based Ingredients

Forget store-bought barbecue sauce and make it instead
   I received samples from True Made Foods to facilitate this post

  The other day I need some barbecue sauce as I was making plant-based BBQ jackfruit pulled "pork" and I discovered that I had none. So I had to use an orange sauce on my can of jackfruit. The result was not that tasty and it did not yield a delicious sandwich. I was very disappointed as the barbecue sauce makes all the difference in this vegan meat substitute.  I would have made barbecue sauce but I did not have any ketchup in the fridge. I know for a mom of young kids that seems strange to not have ketchup in the house. My boys have never liked ketchup no matter how many times I tried to get them to dip things like veggies in it. So I never had the benefit of sauce to get them to eat their veggies. My daughter, on the other hand, loved ketchup and ranch dressing. So I was able to get her to eat her veggies by enticing her with a dip. My daughter still enjoys ketchup so when she comes to visit, she is disappointed that I have none in the fridge.

Ketchup is the main ingredient in my barbecue sauce

 The other day a company that I met at a conference sent me a couple containers of plant-based no sugar added, ketchup. While I loved that this 100% natural paleo keto-friendly ketchup was made from vegetables, I really had no use for it as my boys don't like ketchup. So I quickly remembered that I needed barbecue sauce for my BBQ jackfruit pulled "pork" sandwiches and decided to make some healthy homemade BBQ sauce. I decided to double my recipe so I would have plenty of BBQ sauce so that I could later make my Vegan Sloppy Joes in the slow cooker. This sauce would also be great for my BBQ Pineapple Tuna Pizza or I could use the sauce in my Pressure Cooker BBQ Baked Beans. My husband would also use this delicious barbecue sauce on his chicken sandwiches or pizza.

No added sugar or artificial sweeteners

  I like that True Made foods has keto-friendly healthy ketchup so that I can keep a bottle in my fridge for times when my daughter comes over. I can see my granddaughter liking ketchup when she gets older. My kids know that I am going to be the grandma that serves healthy food. When my grandbaby gets older, I will be making healthy brownies with her. She will know that grandma has healthier sugar cookies at her house. So when my grandbaby asks for ketchup for her veggies, I will let her dip away as this ketchup is made from veggies like tomatoes, carrots, squash, and spinach so it is good for her. The best part is that it tastes like ketchup and only has 2 grams of sugar in it, so it is keto-friendly ketchup.

The top ingredients in every bottle are real tomatoes, carrots, butternut squash and spinach which all naturally sweeten the sauces for the same delicious flavor while adding a much-needed nutritional punch of superfoods.

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This BBQ sauce is so easy to make!
Yield: 1 cup

Healthy Barbecue Sauce

A healthy 100% natural keto-friendly barbecue sauce
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  • 1 cup no added sugar ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2  tablespoons honey, maple syrup, or sweetener of your choice
  • 2 teaspoons ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce or tamari sauce


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat and let cool. Spoon the sauce into a container and store in the fridge. This sauce will last for about 2-3 weeks in the fridge.
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AiringMyLaundry said...

We go through tons of ketchup! I'll have to try these out. I'll make your sauce as well. My husband loves it!

Unknown said...

I need this sauce in my life!!! I will do it this weekend for sure, thanks a lot.

Cristina Coroiu said...

Yum yum yum. I think this would go great with ribs.Or chicken wings...hmm...

Cristina Petrini said...

Excellent when the sauces are also without added sugar, I use it a lot especially with grilled meat!

Dalene Ekirapa said...

I just love barbecue days and my sauce is always hot and peppery. Actually, I've never had sauce that is sweetened so I would love to try that the next time we have a barbecue party.

Why Girls Are Weird said...

I love barbecue sauce, so I would love to try this out. Hopefully it'll be barbecue season here soon, although I hear we're getting MORE snow this weekend. Sigh.

Ola @ WanderWithOla said...

Wow this sauce looks amazing! I love how you use True Made that offers keto-friendly ketchup is 100% natural and only has a very little sugar in it. ~ Ola @ WanderWithOla

Kitty said...

My hubby loves barbecue sauce and I will glad to make him this... I am sure he will be surprised that it is not a store bought one 😃👍🏼

Shubh said...

No added sugar is an interesting part and upon that recipe also easy. I wanna try this.

Megha Saraf said...

It looks so easy after seeing your revire. I shall definitely try it this weekend.

Informed Inspiration said...

The more healthy recipes I have in my arsenal, the better. So I love that I have one more to try. Thanks fr sharing

Heidi@OneCreativeMommy.com said...

We use barbecue sauce all of the time. I'd love to be able to make my own. Thanks!

Hannah Marie said...

I have been a huge fan of anything that's organic. It looks pretty saucy and yummy. I would love to have a dip.

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

Nice idea! I was avoiding bbq sause because I couldn't think up the reason for it to be fine for my body, way too unhealthy. Your way of cooking it making it acceptable for me.

S. Graham said...

I don't think I've ever thought about making my BBQ sauce healthier. This sounds like a delicious substitute!

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen said...

Oh! I want to try that ketchup! Thanks for sharing a healthier BBQ sauce.

Sandra said...

Wow! This looks so yummy!!! I have to tryt his one and maybe this could be a better alternative than the other brands with preservatives!

Bindu Thomas said...

This looks great and I love sauce. I'll definitely try this one. Thanks for sharing.

Mommy Sigrid said...

oh I want this! Now, I am imagining barbecued ribs and outdoor grilling. hmmmm. picnic!

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