Beet BBQ Sauce

By July 24, 2014 Gluten-Free, Sauces & Dips, Vegetarian

I’ve had a hankering for BBQ sauce lately. Maybe it’s because I just recently moved back to the south. Or maybe it’s just because there’s something mouth watering about said sweet and tangy sauce. I’ll find most anything to dip this stuff into. A friend of mine loves BBQ sauce so much, she will lick it right off of foods, and not even eat the food. That’s dedication.

I’ve been seeing  beet ketchup pop up all over the place; this one – made by a friend from grad school – looks especially delicious paired with sweet potato fries. {Thanks Jamie!}

If one can make beet ketchup, then one must be able to make….beet BBQ sauce. Yes, it is delicious, but I also consider it a great way to sneak some nutrients into a typically nutrient-lacking condiment.

Beet Nutrition: Beets are great sources of folate and manganese. But because you wouldn’t be eating a significant amount of beets in this recipe, I would like to bring your attention to the antioxidants in beets called betalains. What is great about this class of antioxidants is that it appears to be well absorbed by the gut and shows high antioxidant activity with just one cup of its juices.  


Beet BBQ Sauce

3/4 cup beet puree (about 1 medium/large beet, boiled, peeled and pureed)

1/4 cup loosely packed brown sugar

1/3 cup ketchup

2 TBS balsamic vinegar + 1 TBS cider vinegar

1 TBS worcestershire sauce

1 TBS ground mustard + 1/2 TBS paprika

1 TBS sriracha

salt and pepper to taste, water to thin out as needed

-Combine all ingredients and alter to your taste!




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