8 ounces Tomato Sauce, organic if you can get it 1 cup Mild Thick & Chunky Salsa, like Taco Bell or On the Border brands 2/3 cup coconut palm sugar 1 Tbsp Honey 1/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar 1-1/2 tsp Hickory Flavored Liquid Smoke 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder 1/4 tsp Cayenne Powder 1/8 tsp Chili Powder 1/8 tsp Ground Mustard 1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon 1/8 tsp Cumin
1. Add all ingredients to a large saucepan and mix together until smooth.
2. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool. The sauce will thicken slightly as it cools.
4. Store leftover sauce in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Notes: Feel free to experiment with amounts, and even with ingredients. For example, you can substitute ketchup for the salsa and light brown sugar for the coconut palm sugar; and you can increase the honey to 1/4 cup if you want more sweetness or double the amount of red wine vinegar. I tasted the sauce after I added major ingredients - starting with a smaller amount so I could add a little more if I thought the sauce needed it. I'm not in favor of loading up on sweet flavors or 'too much' vinegar, so the recipe above suited our tastes to a "T". Have fun with this sauce!
Note: I've started using Monkfruit in place of white sugar, and Swerve Brown for brown sugar.
When I made this BBQ sauce for the turkey at Thanksgiving 2019, I used 1/3 c Monkfruit & 1/3 c Swerve Brown.
Note: always check the ingredients list on sweeteners. Xylitol is highly toxic to dogs, so if you have dogs, it's not a good idea to use any product that includes xylitol. Some peanut butters include xylitol too, so check more than just sweetners.
Psalm 121:1-2 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.