Again, in an effort to consume the load of beef we were given, I created a new barbecue sauce without tomatoes, gluten-free, of course. A little variety is the spice of life, right? Molasses along with sugar and salt is a great tomato-free substitute for ketchup when cooking. Skip the hot sauce and cayenne to create a milder version.
You can spice this sauce up or down to your liking. If you do not care for a spicy barbecue sauce definitely remove the cayenne and chipotle sauce. Or if a slightly mild sauce just remove one or the other. This sauce is not real hot (spicy), just a tad. Perfect for me, and can be made refined sugar-free!
A gluten free barbecue sauce recipe made with carrots instead of tomatoes. It works just as well, and includes healthier ingredients.
- 1 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 3/4 cup carrots, grated
- 2 cloves garlic - minced, grated or crushed
- 1/2 cup gluten-free white vinegar*
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free tomato-free chipotle sauce or hot sauce (I use Buffalo brand.) (optional)
- 1 teaspoon hickory liquid smoke
- 1/2 cup agave nectar (or honey or sugar)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon mace
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 15-20 turns freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup pure dark molasses
- Filtered water (may need)
- Fruit juice (may need)
- In a medium size pan add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan and preheat on medium heat. Add and sauté the onion and carrots until tender. Lower heat to medium-low; stir often.
- Add garlic; stir and sauté an additional minute.
- Add vinegar and spices; stir; add liquid smoke, molasses, juice and agave; stir. Simmer for about 30 minutes; increase heat to medium-high and cook for 10 minutes, constantly stirring. Pour sauce into a blender and refrigerate for about 20 minutes. Puree in blender until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
- Use as needed, warm or at room temperature; refrigerate leftovers.
* For corn-free dieters use apple cider or rice vinegar.