Archive of ‘Sauces and Condiments’ category

Paleo BBQ Sauce

Admittedly, barbecue sauce is a very personal thing.  I tried many praised recipes before I managed to put this one together.  I’m quite picky, you see.  My favorite BBQ sauce is Stubbs Hickory Bourbon, which I can’t find locally for some reason.  Never mind that, there’s straight up sugar in Stubbs’ ingredients, and I cannot determine how much.  Yes, there is coconut sugar in my recipe here, but at least I know the percentage of sugar to other ingredients.  My secret ingredient here (at least, it was secret until this posting…) is the apple butter.  Good stuff, I tell ya.  Anyhoo, this seemed to fit my palate quite nicely.  Hope you like it too.

7-oz jar tomato paste
1 T bacon grease
¼ c. pear white wine vinegar
¼ c. honey
2 T prepared mustard
2 T paleo apple butter
2 T coconut sugar
1 t onion powder
1 t garlic powder
1 t chili powder
½ t cumin
½ t pink Himalayan salt

Melt bacon grease into the tomato paste. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer five minutes. Store in airtight jar in fridge.

Citrus Cream Sauce

I found this recipe on one of Martha Stewart’s sites a couple of years ago.  I can’t recall exactly where it came from, and I thank my lucky stars that I had the foresight to paste the recipe into a document on my computer.  I was later able to tweak it a bit for a paleo version.

You should probably know that I am technically “paleo plus dairy.”  Not having any ill effects from the consumption of dairy, I still use it in my recipes.  Whipping cream from grass-fed cows is the best.  Organic Valley has some good options, too, though I’m not entirely convinced that their cows are not grain-fed, even though the feed would be organic and without GMOs.  Organic Valley can be found in most stores’ organic dairy sections.


Paleo Worcestershire Sauce

Woo Ingredients

When I was little it was very hard for me to wrap my head and my tongue around the word “Worcestershire.”  Admittedly, sometimes it still is.  So I shortened the word to “Woo” and my parents followed suit.  To this day, my parents and I still call it “woo-sauce” while everyone else pronounces “Worcestershire” flawlessly.  Show-offs.

My original search for paleo woo-sauce recipes yielded few happy results.  I must confess here that I detest apple cider vinegar (ACV).  I tried, peeps, I tried!  I have cooked with it, conditioned my hair with it, applied it to bug bites, and I even tossed it down my own throat.  Egad!!  Yes, yes, I know that it is super-healthy and great for absolutely everything.  It’s a staple in most paleo households.  I get it.  But, so is kale, and I’m allergic to that, so I reserve the right to be persnickety.  Every time I cook with ACV, my entire household complains of the smell.  ACV grosses me out, and I have yet to be pleased with any recipe that called for it.  I have rescued many of my homemade sauce recipes by switching to a myriad of other vinegars for results more pleasing to me and my family.  So there.

That being said, I have adapted this recipe from Paleo Table.  I tweaked it until I was satisfied with the smoky aroma and flavor, and then I bumped up the quantities so I could make more at a time.  If you happen to have a large empty commercial-woo bottle, this recipe will fill it to the brim.  I use this sauce along with my homemade steak sauce in grilled hamburger patties.  Yum!


Paleo Steak Sauce

Steak Sauce

I cannot believe my luck!  This is one recipe I did not have to tweak!!  It’s a spot-on duplicate of A-1 that I found on Everyday Maven’s site.  You can even compare the ingredients to the list on A-1.  It’s got all of the good stuff and none of the junk!  Seriously, even my mother-in-law liked it!

Everyday Maven has photos of the process, and since her recipe is perfect as-is, I won’t list it all out here unless I ever feel the need to tweak it.  Please visit her site and show her some appreciation for the paleo version of everyone’s favorite steak sauce.

I had saved an empty medium-sized bottle of A-1, and the quantity in this recipe fills it nicely.  I primarily use this sauce to marinate steaks and season hamburger patties.