Now that it’s finally FINALLY warming up, I have had barbecue on my mind. I’m definitely a sweet, Kansas City style BBQ sauce kind of girl which is rather unfortunate right now seeing that I can’t eat sugar. Womp womp. Give me all the brown sugar…
But I wouldn’t let that get between me and the ribs I’ve been craving. I whipped up this sauce sweetened with maple syrup and spiced up a bit with red pepper flakes. It was a richer, more bold BBQ sauce than I’m used to but it was still delicious and totally hit the spot.
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp. soy sauce (make sure it doesn't have corn syrup) or liquid aminos
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
- 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
- In a medium saucepan whisk together ½ cup water, tomato paste, vinegar, maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper flakes.
- Bring sauce to a boil on medium high and continue boiling for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in oil. Makes about ½ cup.