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Naturally Sweetened Apricot BBQ Sauce

Since it contains no sugar, this easy BBQ sauce is good for those watching their sugar intake and works for the Whole 30 diet. It’s great on burgers, pulled pork, pork chops, chicken or anywhere you want a little sweet and smoky.

Naturally Sweetened Apricot BBQ Sauce

While I confess that I love sugary things just as much as the next person, I’ve discovered the pleasant surprise that I can enjoy my favorite foods without the added sugar, which I know isn’t good for my health, if I’m honest with myself.

Over the last few years, I’ve figured how to sweeten family favorite recipes with fruit, honey, or maple syrup. Milk and Honey Cornbread, Mamabars, and Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes are all big hits at our house. And now, so is this BBQ sauce.

Yes, you can make delicious BBQ sauce that’s not loaded with sugar!

If you’ve ever read the ingredients on a bottle of BBQ sauce, you know that it can be pretty scary. That stuff, though often super cheap with a coupon, is rife with preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup, and a lot of non-food items.

Naturally Sweetened Apricot BBQ Sauce

I’ve got several yummy barbecue sauce recipes in my cookbooks; they each have a minimum amount of brown sugar. However, I wanted to make sure I made one that my mom and dad could eat. They’re still holding strong on the Whole 30, over 3 months after they started. They’ve both lost 20 pounds or more!

I tested this recipe first with pineapple juice, but that didn’t give it enough sweetness. I was running errands when the idea came to me: sweeten it with fruit-only jam! Yay!

As luck would have it, there was a fruit-sweetened Apricot jam at the store. Yum! If you don’t care about the sugar issue, feel free to use regular jam.

This sauce is delicious on burgers, pulled pork, pork chops, grilled chicken, anywhere you like to have a little sweet and smoky tomato sauce.  The sauce is good in the fridge for about a week, so freeze it if the batch is too big for you to use it in that amount of time.

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Comments

  1. I don’t often (or ever) have chipotle chili powder on hand. Would regular chili powder work? Or I have chipotle in adobo sauce sometimes. Would that work?

    Sounds yummy and perfect for summer as we are aiming for sugar free

  2. LOVE IT

    Very timely and while fits in my new low carb menu list when used with reason – thanks!

  3. MH in OH says:

    On the topic of sugar reduction – didn’t you post a chocolate cupcake sweetened with maple syrup a while back? You were trying to make brownies but it turned out more like a cupcake or vice versa? I’m not sure if it was on this blog or Life as Mom – and I wasn’t able to find it with a quick search. Please point me in the direction of that. Thank you!

  4. What type of onion would you recommend?

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