Better Barbeque Sauce Recipe

I’m a fan of a better barbeque sauce. Too many are sickly sweet, or use ketchup as a base. This one does neither. It’s relatively low-carb, AND it’s got a hearty bone broth as a base.

(You do remember how good bone broth is for you, don’t you?)

This recipe for a Better Barbeque Sauce comes from The Garden of Eating, one of my top-five recommended cookbooks.

Better Barbeque Sauce

The Players

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The How-To

1. Heat oil in a 1 quart saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and stir until tender, about 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth. Bring to a low boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring periodically until mixture thickens, 20 to 30 minutes.

2. Pour into wide-mouth glass jar; allow to cool. Cover and refrigerate. Use within 2 weeks or freeze.


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  1. says

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  2. says

    AH!!! Yes!!! I have searched over and over again for a halfway decent BBQ sauce that didn’t include ketchup, liquid smoke, or other ingredients I don’t have and/or don’t want to use. This is perfect. I may make a few changes based on our tastes, but YAY! Thank you for a good place to start! I got a good quality pork roast and there is going to be pulled pork at my house next week. Oh yes. And now I have sauce to go with it.
    .-= Kate´s last blog post …Artificial Baby Milk: What’s In It? =-.

  3. Jassica says

    Thanks, that looks good! I can’t wait to try it. Just hope it passes the husband test. Last batch of healthy BBQ sauce I made he hated. :-( Still have some in the freezer.

  4. Lisa says

    This looks great! I’m always looking for new ways to include broth in our food.
    Has anyone tried it with chicken broth?

    • says

      Lisa — The recipe as it appears in the cookbook presents the option for either chicken broth OR beef broth. I like the beef broth because it provides that “meatier” flavor, but chicken broth works well, too. :)

  5. Katie says

    That sounds delicious! I’ve been making something in that family with onions, chicken broth, dijon, and honey to go on chicken for a while. It’s fantastic, so I imagine this bbq sauce is pretty good, too. I’ll give it a try soon–thanks for sharing!

  6. Scott says

    Why all the hate on ketchup from the commenters? I’d love to see our Food Renegade twist this recipe and make a healthy ketchup. It’d really sell with my kids (and the adults in our families with child-like tastes).

  7. Tina says

    Any suggestions on how to make a vegetarian option for this BBQ sauce?? It looks delicious just cant use the bone broth. Thanks!

  8. Kelly says

    Canned toamto paste? Really? Have you found another way to do this without the BPA lined canned products? The acidity in tomatoes makes even more BPA leach into the food. I was let down when I read that because I need a good BBQ sauce recipe and assumed you’d never use canned.

  9. Heather S. says

    My husband can’t tolerate onions/garlic and with the large amount of onions in this recipe, I’m not sure I can just leave it out. Any ideas? :)

  10. NJH says

    Beef broth? I’ve read many of your articles and, given your knowledge and priorities made the assumption you must be vegan.

    There are wholesome alternatives to beef broth etc and they’re worth a look if you really value your health.


  11. Jen K. says

    Can’t wait to try this! I’ll be making two batches, more than likely, one following this recipe and one with added pepper flakes for a spicy zip! Does the ACV help preserve the bone broth for up to 2 weeks? I only ask because I make a big batch weekly (and it’s the end of the week). I’d love for this to last two weeks for me to be able to use it in other recipes.

    Thanks, Food Renegade – I’m addicted to your meatballs. Best recipe for quick, nutrient-packed lunch for the kiddos that they LOVE.

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