Where would pulled pork and chicken wings be without our beloved BBQ sauce? We wouldn’t use as many napkins, that’s for sure. Unfortunately, we drown our beloved meats in sugar-laden BBQ sauce. Too much sugar can contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and tooth decay. Homemade BBQ sauce with pureed blueberries, blackberries, peaches, mangoes, apricots and dates is all the rage, according to Gordon. Instead of using sugar for this version, try agave, coconut syrup, molasses, or unfiltered honey. “You may also want to experiment with Memphis style dry rubs and use spices like cayenne, paprika, cumin, red pepper flakes and vinegar to infuse flavour,” says Chalker.
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