I like the whole idea of BBQ sauce but seriously, have you ever looked at the ingredient list on the back of a bottle of that stuff?! So much sugar and JUNK that you just don’t need! Why?! Why make it so toxic when it doesn’t need to be?! That’s the unfortunate reality of our food industry though and why I feel so passionately about encouraging people to cut the crap (literally) and eat food that tastes just as good without the chemicals and sugar.
As I sat down to do my meal planning this weekend I was looking for a good crockpot recipe for the week and came across this recipe for BBQ Pulled Pork in the Wild Diet cookbook. The crockpot sounds so suburban housewife or Suzy Homemaker but seriously, crockpot recipes generally mean less time in the kitchen cooking and fewer nights I need to come up with dinner plans since it always makes enough for a couple of meals. Double win in my books.
Wild BBQ Sauce
1/2 sweet onion
3 garlic cloves
1 (15oz) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (no Aunt Jemima here!)
1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Peel onion and cut in half. Place half the onion in a high-speed blender.
- Peel the garlic cloves and add to the blender.
- Add the tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, paprika, cayenne, pepper and salt. Process until smooth.
- Pour the sauce into a small saucepan and set over low heat. Gently simmer, stirring regularly, for about an hour. The sauce will darken & thicken.
- Store sauce in a glass container with a tightly fitting lid (Bell jars are perfect for this) and refrigerate for up to 10 days.
If you want to make some pulled pork for this, here is the easiest pulled pork recipe you’ll ever find:
Place 2 pounds of pork (pork roast or tenderloin) in the bottom of your crockpot and cover with 4 cups chicken broth or water. Set on low for 8 hours or high for 6 hours. Once it has cooked, pour off most of the liquid keeping some juice for a juicier sauce. Use two forks and shred the meat. Pour in half the BBQ sauce and voila! BBQ Pulled Pork!