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This sticky-sweet barbecue sauce is made from just a handful of ingredients, all of which we can fully get behind.
is one of the fastest, easiest ways of getting protein on my family’s plate, but it needs a massively flavorful sauce to finish it during the final minutes of cooking. So I decided that this would be the year I figured out a better barbecue sauce.
The version I came up with recreates the full-on concentrated flavor of a good barbecue sauce but with a handful of ingredients that I can fully get behind. It starts with a base of garlic cloves toasted in olive oil, followed by tomato paste for maximum tomatoey umami without the need for ketchup. To that, I add maple syrup, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and hot sauce, and it’s ready to go.
Just as with other barbecue sauces, you can’t put this one on your meat (or fish or
) too soon or it will scorch. Wait until the meat has rendered its fat and browned—or your vegetables have almost finished cooking—before starting to lacquer it on.
Turns out, healthy barbecue sauce is a lot like regular barbecue sauce: a bit sticky with sweetness, balanced by tart and tangy tomato flavor, with a vinegary peppery finish. And it takes all of ten minutes. The soda cans are staying where they are.
Fire up the grill:
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