The Finishing Touch
A great Bar-B-Que Brisket or Ribs is perfectly Keto, and one of our very favorite weekend or holiday treats. The question becomes, how do you finish those beauties off? That wonderful tangy sauce out of a bottle is gone for more reasons than one, but the main problem is all those added sugars in the bottle. Oh, and don’t forget the hidden sugars.
I am putting it lightly when I say, my hubby is a sauce fanatic! He concocts all types of sauces, and combines things I would never think of placing in the same bowl. Some are good, and some not so much.
He left it to me to find a good recipe for a Bar-B-Que sauce though. The best one, meaning lowest in carbs, out of a bottle, we could find was Stubbs Original with 5 Carbs and 4 grams of sugar. The serving size is 2 Tbsp. Let’s be honest – who just eats 2 tablespoons of Bar-B Que sauce? Here are some of the ingredients:
Sugar, Molasses, Tapioca Dextrin, Brown Sugar, Corn Starch, and Corn Syrup! And this was the best we could find!!!! Let’s see…sugar, sugar, carb/sugar, sugar, carb/sugar, and oh, sugar!
There is a reason we always say to read labels, and we don’t just mean nutrition labels. You HAVE to read those ingredients too. It sends my blood sugar soaring just reading them!
So this is the REAL food ingredient list for my new Bar-B-Que sauce:
3/4 cup White Vinegar
2 Cans (30 oz) of Organic Tomato Sauce
5 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
3 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
1 Tbsp Tabasco or other hot sauce (I used 2 Tbsp and it was SPICY so do to taste)
1 Tbsp Pink Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
2 Tbsp Liquid Smoke (The one pictured is made in the great state of TEXAS)
1/2 Large Lemon (4 tsp squeezed)
1/2 tsp Trader Joe’s Pure Stevia
Combine your tomato sauce and vinegar. Bring to a simmer.
Add your Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, and Liquid Smoke. Combine. Add all remaining ingredients except the yellow mustard.
You need to temper your mustard like you would an egg. Place your mustard in a heat safe bowl. Add a few spoonfuls of your hot tomato mixture and stir well.
Once mixed, add back to your sauce.
Whisk until you have a smooth sauce. Use immediately or store in a mason jar. This will keep for a few weeks in the refrigerator.
Enjoy with that yummy broccoli slaw!