I grew up in Oklahoma and in the Southwest there are two things we fiercely defend – our football teams and our BBQ sauce. Many compete to win a championship title with a sauce recipe they’ve concocted over the years, sometimes handed down for generations.
When I visit back home, I crave BBQ and Tex-Mex food. Now being Vegan, I can’t eat the BBQ. But I decided I could still enjoy the flavor of a good sauce and I’d have to figure out what to put it on later. I wish I could say that I whipped out my ole’grand pappy’s recipe but unfortunately, my family doesn’t have a secret sauce.
So I scoured the internet and some old cookbooks looking at BBQ sauce recipes. What were the common ingredients that make up BBQ sauce? What separated them from each other? What sounded like it would taste good? So I came up with a recipe switching unhealthy ingredients for healthier ones.
What I ended up with is a BBQ sauce that tastes very similar to that sweet liquor from slow-cooked baked beans. You know the kind that always goes first at a potluck. Uh huh, so good you could eat it by the spoonful.
This will be too sweet for some but you can use a less sweet, nuttier beer or bring up the heat factor by adding more cayenne or a Chipotle pepper. The best recipes are meant to be customized for your taste. I’d love to hear how you put your personal spin on it and see pictures of what you slather this lick-it-off-the-plate good BBQ sauce on.
Lick-The-Spoon BBQ Sauce
- 1c. Organic Ketchup
- 1/2c. Beer – I used Shocktop Raspberry Wheat Ale
- 1/2c. Izze’s Blackberry soda
- 1/4c. Real Maple Syrup
- 6 oz Tomato Paste
- 3 T. Spicy Brown Mustard
- 3 T. Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 T. Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/4c. Vegan Brown Sugar
- 1 T. Dry Mustard
- 1 T. Garlic Powder
- 1 T. Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Chili powder
- 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1/2 tsp Cayenne
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 T. Sea Salt
1. Add all the ingredients as listed into large pot. Whisk together.
2. Once all ingredients are added, turn burner up to high and bring to a boil.
3. Turn off and let sit until cool. Pour into container and store in fridge.