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November 6, 2017
Sugar-free BBQ sauce made from real, whole food ingredients– not a chemical in sight!

You might already know these two facts about BBQ sauce;

1. The main ingredient in commercially available BBQ sauces is sugar.

2. Aside from sugar, BBQ sauce is actually made from tomatoes.

Shocking, right! So why is it called BBQ sauce? Originally, BBQ sauce was used exclusively as a marinade prior to barbecuing meat, or as a sauce to flavour cooked meat. Nowadays, we put it on anything and everything, from pizza, to eggs. The sauce deserves merit, its flavour is suited to many culinary adventures, but if you’re a BBQ sauce lover, putting it on everything could be pushing you over the edge of your sugar limit. Just 1 tablespoon of the stuff contains up to 10 grams of sugar– approximately half of our recommended daily sugar intake.

Aside from sugar and tomatoes, what you’re actually tasting in BBQ sauce are the various spices that give it depth and smokiness. This BBQ sauce recipe utilises cinnamon, smoked paprika, nutmeg and cloves to achieve that well known flavour, so you can continue to enjoy the versatility of the condiment, without the high-sugar burden.

Use this BBQ sauce as you normally would, but might we suggested coating vegetables in it? Sounds weird, but we’ve found it a sure-fire way to get kids munching on more plants. Simply coat 800 grams of chopped mixed vegetables in 1/2 cup BBQ sauce and bake for 50 minutes at 200ºC, voila!


  • Nutritional Breakdown: per portion (whole recipe)


  • Calories: 33.6 (336)
  • Carbs: 2.6 (26)
  • Fat: 2.1 (21)
  • Protein: 0.8 (8)
  • Sodium: 292.7 (2927)
  • Sugar: 1.6 (16)
  • Serves 10


  • 1½ tablespoons macadamia oil (or olive)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 spring rosemary, leaves removed and finely chopped
  • 400g tomato passata, or 2400g tomato cans
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1½ teaspoon Nuvia Sweetener
  • 1½ teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground clove


  • 1. Heat a medium-size saucepan over medium heat.
  • 2. Add the oil to the pan, followed by the diced onion. Cook, stirring often until onion appears translucent (about three minutes).
  • 3. Add garlic, rosemary, salt and spices to the pan and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  • 4. Pour in the passata, add the mustard, apple cider vinegar and Nuvia Sweetener. Stir well to combine and cook on a medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • 5. Reduce heat to low and cook for an additional five minutes.
  • 6. Turn off the heat, let the mixture cool, then transfer to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.


This BBQ sauce can be frozen in an airtight container or jar, and kept for up to one month.

Store in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator. Consume within five days.

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