Tomato Free Barbecue Sauce
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Serves: Makes 2 cups
This recipe is courtesy of The Paleo Approach Cookbook by Sarah Ballantyne, which is a companion guide to The Paleo Approach. Sarah is a trailblazer in the Autoimmune Paleo dietary protocol and outlines the protocol in her books. Because this barbecue sauce is free of the seed-based spices and nightshades found in barbecue sauces, it is suitable for those following the Autoimmune Paleo Diet.
  • 2 tablespoons sustainably-sourced red palm oil, available here (or substitute coconut oil)
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and grated
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and grated fresh ginger
  • 1½ tablespoons fish sauce, available here
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mace
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  1. Heat the palm oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 10 to 15 minutes, until caramelized.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and purée with an immersion blender.
According to Sarah, this barbecue sauce tastes best on meat cooked on a charcoal grill or in a smoker. If you plan to use an indoor grill or bake your meat in the oven, consider adding a drop or two of liquid smoke to the sauce.
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