This homemade Sugar Free BBQ Sauce is made with chipotle peppers, caramelized onions and a blend of spices that's healthy, wholesome and insanely addicting! It's gluten free, dairy free, paleo, vegetarian and vegan. #bbqsauce #barbecue #sugarfree #bbq
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Sugar Free BBQ Sauce with Chipotles

This homemade Sugar Free BBQ Sauce is made with chipotle peppers, caramelized onions and a blend of spices that's healthy, wholesome and insanely addicting! It's gluten free, dairy free, paleo, vegetarian and vegan.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12 servings (about 1/4 cup each)
Calories: 55kcal
Author: Isabel Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons cooking fat (you can use olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil or whatever you have on hand)
  • 4 cups thinly sliced onions (about 4 small onions or 2 large onions)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water (or more if you want a thinner sauce)
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (more if you want it spicier or less if you don't want it too spicy)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cooking fat and the onions and saute for 8 to 10 minutes, until the onions become translucent.
  • Add the rosemary, garlic and salt and mix together. Lower the heat to low and cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the onions don't burn. The onions should be a brownish/yellow color at the end of the cooking process and reduced 3/4 in volume.
  • Add the caramelized onions to a blender along with water, tomato paste, vinegar, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, ground ginger and ground cinnamon.
  • Blend until completely smooth.

Notes

Inspired by Balanced Bites.
 
Makes 3 cups.
 
For a thinner sauce: Add more water and blend until desired consistency.
 
To store: Leftover bbq sauce can be stored in an airtight container or glass jar in the fridge for up to two weeks.

 
Nutrition Facts
Sugar Free BBQ Sauce with Chipotles
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cups)
Calories 55 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 157mg7%
Potassium 5mg0%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cups | Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 5mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Iron: 0.5mg