Celebrate your independence from processed foods and refined sugars with this gluten-free, fireworks of flavor, tomato and cherry paleo barbecue sauce – just in time for your 4th of July grilling… Forget all those over-processed barbecue sauces you see in the grocery store loaded with refined sugars and who knows what. Here’s an easy-to-make, all-natural BBQ sauce that’s perfect to slather on poultry, pork or beef. Just three super-easy steps is all it takes to whip this one up: 1) Sauté, 3) Simmer and 3) Puree. That’s it. The toughest part is having the patience to let it simmer on the stove for 25 minutes while all those flavors bubble up and fill your kitchen with their heavenly aromas. But wow, is this sauce worth it!
Here’s what you get in this one… First off, a rock-solid tomato-based sauce. Some store-bought barbecue sauces taste more like doctored-up ketchup. With this one, the rich tomato taste comes through loud and clear.
And layered on top of that, the earthy fruitiness of a full cup of dark sweet cherries – subtle and oh so good. Then you’ve got this nice undercurrent of dark, thick blackstrap molasses going on, balanced nicely with some light pure maple syrup. And of course you’re going to feel a little tang on your tongue with the apple cider vinegar and ground chipotle peppers in this sauce.
Bush it on, grill it up, and let the party in your mouth begin!
So where did I get the idea to add cherries to a paleo barbecue sauce? Glad you asked! When I was growing up in the Northwest, we had a huge family gathering in our backyard every 4th of July. And…we had a big cherry tree back there too. So while the watermelon was chilling in the creek that ran beside our house, it was my patriotic duty to scamper up that cherry tree and pluck as many cherries as my little fingers could grab. Sometimes those cherries would wind up on top of the hand-cranked ice cream Dad would churn out, or just become part of the fresh fruit smorgasbord on our picnic table.
So this cherry-infused barbecue sauce is part tribute to simpler times and the innocence of youth. And the other part is I just wanted a really good barbecue sauce!
The next thing I’m going to make with this one is barbecued chicken breasts. After that, maybe I’ll work it into my next beef or turkey burger.
Give this one a try, and I hope you have a bang-up of a paleo barbecue at your house this 4th of July!