Spring is in full bloom here in Colorado and it’s gorgeous. Bright clear days in the high 70’s, perfect for hiking, taking the boys to the park and breaking out the grill! While the lucky folks in California probably start grilling a bit earlier, we usually wait until May to fire ours up.
Luckily, Katie had me on my toes with a request for gluten free barbecue sauce a couple of weeks ago. She was looking for something with no sugar or agave.
To be honest, I am not a natural when it comes to the open flame; in general, my husband does the grilling in our family (so manly!) and slathers up the fixins’ before he throws them on the grill. In order to get my BBQ bearings I went to bbqrecipesecrets.com. On that site, I learned that there are 3 types of barbecue sauce –tomato, mustard or vinegar. Unfortunately, for me, and perhaps some of you, each of the recipes contains a significant amount of sugar, so I used their Basic Tomato BBQ sauce recipe as a map, adding and subtracting from it to create the new one below. I hope you like it Katie!
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil or olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- ¼ cup shallots, minced
- 1 (7 ounce) bottle Bionaturæ Organic Tomato Paste
- 1 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Warm oil in a saucepan over medium low heat
- Add garlic and shallot; cook until soft
- Add tomato paste, orange juice, vinegar, mustard, paprika, salt and pepper
- Simmer over low heat 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often
- Baste over fish or chicken
- Refrigerate and allow to marinate for 1-3 hours
- Grill and serve
You may notice that grilling instructions are conspicuously absent –you do not want to get them from me. While my husband is not a chef, he is, as I mentioned the grill master in the family and I assure you, that when he starts his food blog, you will find grilling instructions there. For now, try these.
Feel free to use this gluten free barbecue sauce creatively. I imagine it would be delicious on pasta or a sandwich –I must have eaten half a batch by mopping it up with bread the night I first made it.