I live in Kansas City, a town with arguably the best barbecue you will find anywhere. Not being from here originally, I can't say I'm as staunch fan as others, like my husband for example, but I will admit we have some damn good bbq. What kind of sauce do you like? Sweet? Thick? Runny? Vinegary? Spicy? Hot? Tomato-y? Every town has a different kind. And no, KC Masterpiece is nothing like the sauce we actually eat here. Blah.
Most conventional bbq sauces are made with molasses and/or sugar and god knows what else. Some people don't care for any sweetness in their sauce, but I like a little bit. So I chose to make this sauce with some no sugar tart cherry preserves I picked up in the Door last weekend. It did not disappoint. I have also seen it made with apple butter, which is another great idea. I suggest subbing the cherry preserves for apple butter if you don't have access to good tart cherry jam/preserves, just make sure it is just fruit, nothing else.
This comes together in 15 min tops. Makes a great marinade too! I marinated chicken thighs in a ziploc bag with the sauce yesterday for 4 hours and the chicken was amazing. Try it!
Paleo Barbecue Sauce
2 tsp minced garlic
6 oz tomato paste
1/4 cup homemade ketchup, or organic no sugar ketchup
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp tart cherry preserves
1 1/2 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne
pinch of ground pepper
Process your onion and garlic in the food processor until you have a liquid, its ok if there are a few chunks. Pour into a pot and heat on med-high and dump in all your other ingredients. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes. Taste and season accordingly. You may want a little more vinegar, water or preserves. The flavors will develop in the fridge too.
Yummy yummy! Try it out and let me know what you think! XoXoGFG