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Slow cooker butternut squash BBQ sauce that skips the sugar

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Healthy homemade BBQ sauce that's better than store-bought

If there is one thing everyone can agree on, it's BBQ: a dinner that pleases everyone. BBQ sauce it the best condiment, makes any meal more flavorful and is perfect for dipping. I don't know about you, but I don't like putting high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sugar or molasses on my dinner plate, but all four of those sweeteners are in just one bottle of BBQ sauce!


Healthy homemade BBQ sauce that's better than store-bought
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I made this BBQ sauce to have a Whole30 ready condiment, but now I think I'll never go back. Make it in bulk and store it in small freezer containers. I guess you could say the only downside of this sauce is it does spoil faster than the sugary stuff. But you know what? Real food spoils; it's just what it does. If you want food where you can pronounce all the ingredients, it will go bad faster than its chemically laced counterparts.

Healthy homemade BBQ sauce that's better than store-bought
Image: Erin Plunkett/SheKnows

Oh, and have I mentioned the best part yet? This is a slow cooker recipe. Just set it, and forget it. All you have to do is chop up some vegetables and then purée them once they're cooked. Why buy a sauce that's pumped with corn syrup when you can make one that just uses apples for sweetness?

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Healthy BBQ sauce recipe


1 small yellow onion, diced
1 red apple, skin on, diced
10 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons mustard
2 cups butternut squash, cubed
1 teaspoon hot sauce
2-1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon smoked salt
1 cup water


  1. In a slow cooker, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Cook on low for 5-6 hours, until the vegetables are fork tender.
  3. Purée the mixture using a stick blender.
  4. Portion the sauce into air-tight containers once cooled.

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