Simply the Best BBQ Sauce
One of the goals here at Hungry & Fit HQ is to provide our readers with low-budget alternatives. We also try to keep things as healthy as possible. I was alarmed recently when I decided that I wanted to have some BBQ sauce at home to add to our condiment arsenal and found some less than stellar options at multiple groceries. Every single option at a major grocery chain had high fructose corn syrup in it as one of the top ingredients. (The macros were NOT the friendliest, even to flexible dieters.) When I finally found some healthier choices at Whole Foods, the value just wasn’t there. I was looking at $5 small bottles, and I don’t know about you, but I like to use a lot of BBQ sauce. I decided at the time to bite the bullet and spend the extra money (because I love good flavor) but unfortunately, I was not impressed.
At one side you have KC Masterpiece and Sweet Baby’s Rays, which taste great, are affordable, but are not by any means healthy. On the other side, you have some healthier options that are really overpriced and don’t taste good. It’s a lose-lose situation so I decided to take matters into my own hands. I’m not a BBQ master by any means, but I know what I like in a BBQ sauce, so that’s what I tried to make. My goal was to make an affordable, delicious, and healthier BBQ sauce and that’s what I did.
As a small disclaimer, the point of this post is not to have you make MY BBQ sauce, although you’re more than welcome to try. We want you to entertain making your own BBQ sauce, ketchup, marinara sauce, mustard, etc. It is almost always healthier, more affordable, and while the whole world might not find it the most delicious, if it pleases your palate… that’s ALL that matters. Maybe you’ll strike gold, find the perfect recipe, bottle it, and sell it for millions.
I call this recipe “Simply the Best” not because it’s the simplest or the best, but I think it’s the perfect combination of the two! Four ingredients, but I’ve made it with two. While you can use ANY brand, I do recommend the following: Balsamic Nectar and Carolina Salt . If you do follow this simple recipe, it will be an INFINITE amount better with those two products, instead of any regular balsamic vinegar and smoked salt.
- 8 oz marinara
- 2 oz aged balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning (containing basil, garlic, oregano, paprika, etc.)
- 1 tsp smoked sea salt
- Stir together the marinara and balsamic vinegar
- Add Italian seasoning
- Stir in salt
- Mix everything evenly, and taste to make sure it’s seasoned to your liking
This fresh alternative lets you make just enough for one serving at a time. The ratios are important so you can find a sauce that is thick, dark, smokey, and full of flavor. Give it a shot and let me know how you adjusted it to your taste buds. We might not win any national BBQ sauce contests but this isn’t about anyone except YOU! Because eating well is important if you want to stay hungry and fit.
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