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healthy sweet bbq sauceMy family is in love with BBQ sauce so it was time for me to create my own healthy Sweet and Sour BBQ Sauce Recipe. This recipe gather the trio of flavour we love in BBQ sauce. It is smoky, sweet and slightly sour.  The colour is lighter than commercial BBQ sauce because I choose to use a tiny amount of molasse in this recipe. I really wanted to keep the added sugar content low. Instead, I used lots of fresh apples to enhance the sweetness of this simple BBQ sauce. If you are looking for an healthy sweet sauce to glaze ham this Christmas I really think this is the sauce you should use. It taste divine ! There is no much to say about this BBQ sauce. It is simply delicious and goes perfectly well with grilled meat, vegetables or as a spread in sandwiches. My husband loves to use this sauce in burgers. I prefer to use it as a dip for my vegetables or as a pizza base.healthy bbq sauce

This recipe makes a jar of about 3 cups BBQ sauce. I stored the BBQ sauce in the fridge in closed airtight mason jar and it keep well up to 2 weeks. I added some guar gum into this recipe because I like sticky BBQ sauce. But it is up to you this is very optional. If you like making your own sauce you can also check my homemade sugar free tomato ketchup recipe. Enjoy!



healthy sweet bbq sauce

Healthy Sweet & Sour BBQ Sauce Recipe

This recipe makes 3 cups of healthy BBQ sauce
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  • 1 cup 1/2 400 g whole peeled tomatoes - organic canned or freshly cooked in boiling water
  • 2 medium size apple peeled, cored, diced - makes about 3 cups
  • 1 cup chopped brown onion
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon molasses
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon guar gum
  • Spices:
  • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary


  • In a large frying pan, under medium heat warm olive oil.
  • Add onion, garlic. and cook until golden and fragrant. Stir constantly to avoid to burn
  • Add diced apples, smoked paprika, fennel seeds, cumin and rosemary.
  • Give a good stir.
  • Cover and simmer 5 minutes until apples soften.
  • Add peeled tomatoes, molasses, apple cider vinegar and soy sauce.
  • Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes until it form a thick sauce.
  • Transfer into a blender and blend until smooth. Add +/- 1/4 cup of tap water to obtain a slightly more liquid sauce that is easy to blend.
  • Transfer the sauce into a bowl and stir in guar gum to create a more sticky sauce. This is optional but I really enjoyed the extra texture that guar gum added to this sauce.
  • Store up to 2 weeks in the fridge in glass mason jar.

Recipe inspired and adapted from ifoodreal clean BBQ sauce.

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