Tomato-Free BBQ Sauce: A Surprisingly Delicious Twist

Are you craving a flavorful, tangy BBQ sauce but want to avoid tomatoes? Look no further! We have a mouthwatering recipe that uses cranberries instead. This unconventional twist adds a unique flavor to your favorite BBQ dishes. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with this tomato-free BBQ sauce!

Tomato Free BBQ Sauce in mason jars.

Embrace the Cranberries

Who would have thought that cranberries could be the star ingredient in a BBQ sauce? With their natural smokiness and high pectin content, cranberries provide the perfect texture and taste. Say goodbye to tomatoes and hello to a whole new world of flavor.

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The Key Ingredients

To create this nightshade-free BBQ sauce, you’ll need a few key ingredients:

  • Fresh cranberries: These antioxidant-rich berries are the star of the show, providing a tomato-like resemblance in taste and texture.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Add a kick of acidity with apple cider vinegar, or use distilled white vinegar as an alternative.
  • Unsulphured backstrap molasses: Bursting with vitamins and minerals, molasses adds a wonderful depth of flavor and contributes to the sauce’s beautiful dark color.
  • Honey: Finally, a BBQ sauce that isn’t loaded with sugar! The natural sweetness of honey takes this sauce to the next level. Try using mild-flavored clover or wildflower honey.
  • Liquid smoke: Achieve that essential smoky flavor with Wright’s Hickory Liquid Smoke. It’s a clean option without fillers or unnecessary additives, perfect for making AIP BBQ sauce.
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How to Make Tomato-Free BBQ Sauce

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This BBQ sauce can be easily made either in an Instant Pot or on the stovetop. Both methods yield fantastic results, so choose the one that suits you best.

In your Instant Pot, combine cranberries, red onions, garlic, water, apple cider vinegar, molasses, salt, mustard powder, ground cloves, black pepper, allspice, and cayenne pepper. Lock the lid, set the steamer valve to sealing, and select high pressure/manual for 3 minutes, followed by a 10-minute natural release.

After the natural release, carefully remove the lid. Using an immersion blender or a standard blender, blend the sauce until smooth. For a perfectly smooth texture, strain the sauce through a sieve lined with cheesecloth.

Once strained, add honey and liquid smoke to your preferred taste. You can start by mixing in half of each ingredient at a time and adjust according to your preference.

Ready to enjoy your homemade sauce? Portion it into jars for a crowd, for gifting, or for long-term storage in the freezer. Let the sauce sit in the fridge overnight for optimal flavor. It will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer.

Cranberry BBQ Sauce in a mason jar.

Explore More Healthy Sauce Recipes

If you’re looking to expand your sauce repertoire, here are a few more healthy and delicious options to try:

  • Arugula Walnut Pesto
  • The Best Ranch Dressing
  • Homemade Mayonnaise
  • Chipotle Marinade for Chicken
  • Instant Pot Veggie Applesauce

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Remember, with this tomato-free BBQ sauce, you can enjoy all the classic flavors while adding a creative twist. It’s time to elevate your BBQ game and embrace the delightful tanginess of cranberries. Happy saucing!

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