Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

How many of you have stood in the condiment aisle at the grocery store looking for a BBQ sauce that didn’t contain sugar and only had ingredients you could actually pronounce? Yeah, pretty much impossible.  There is only one brand I have found that I will use in a pinch, but it contains agave nectar and I am not really cool with that. This recipe is super easy and will make you wonder why you never made your own BBQ sauce before.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (add per your preference)
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 15 ounce can of no salt added tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 4 tbs coconut aminos
  • 3 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1.5 tbs honey
  • salt and pepper to taste (I added about 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper)

Directions:

  • Melt coconut oil in small sauce pan on medium.  Add in garlic and saute for about 30 secs.  Add in paprika, cayenne pepper, and chili powder and stir for about 30 secs.
  • After the spices start heating up and giving a nice smell, add in rest of ingredients and stir.
  • Allow the BBQ to simmer over low for about 30 minutes.  After this time the sauce should be reduced and thick.
  • Can be stored in refrigerator for about 2 weeks.

*If you are doing a Whole 30 leave out the honey and add 1/4 extra apple sauce.  It is will not be as sweet, but it will still be good.

Oven Roasted Pork Spare Ribs

I ordered a rack of Pork Spare Ribs from my meat man on my last delivery.  Since a new pick up is this coming week, it means they have been sitting in my freezer for 4 whole weeks which is far to long, it was definitely time to make these bad boys.  But I don’t have a smoker and my crock pot was busy making chicken bone broth, which leaves the oven. Looking on the webs led me to come up with the following recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 rack of pork spare ribs, approximately 2.5 lbs
  • 4 tbs of BBQ dry rub, I use Salt Lick Dry Rub (its Paleo with no sugar added) but you could also try this, this or this
  • 2 tbs of BBQ sauce for basting, I use this one (yes it does have agave nectar but you only use a small amount.  If you don’t like agave, try this one from Steve’s Original or this one or make your own, there is a good looking one in It Starts With Food)

Directions:

  • Rise off rack of ribs and dry well.  Sprinkle dry rub all over ribs and rub in, do this on both sides.  Wrap with aluminum foil and return to frig. I did this the day before I was planning on cooking them, but 4 to 6 hours would be enough.
  • Heat oven to 200 deg F.  Place ribs, still in there foil, on a baking sheet and bake for 6 hours.
  • Remove ribs from oven and turn the broiler on high.
  • Remove the foil from the ribs and drain any liquid.  Bast the ribs with BBQ sauce on the top side and return to oven.
  • Let cook for approximately 5 minutes or until sauce starts to bubble and darken.
  • Remove to oven and let sit for about 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.