Did you know there’s junk in just about every bottled BBQ sauce on the market? Just like with ketchup, commercially prepared BBQ sauce contains some sort of sweetener. I probably don’t need to tell you that most of those sweeteners are terrible for your health!
What’s the solution? Make it yourself. Granted, I have yet to find a healthy homemade BBQ sauce that tastes just like the real thing, so if you’re going directly from Kraft or Baby Ray’s to straight up homemade, you’ll likely be disappointed.
At our house, we had avoided bottled BBQ sauce for so long that by the time I experimented with recipes like the one below, we were ready to embrace it. One tip: don’t call it BBQ sauce and no one will expect it to taste like BBQ sauce. Just call it Special Sauce or Awesome Sauce or Fill-in-the-blank Sauce. 🙂
What I love about this recipe:
- It’s super-easy.
- My whole family likes it. (Score!)
- I can use my home-canned tomato sauce.
- Drumsticks are almost as cheap as whole chickens, without the de-boning process.
- Drumsticks add variety to our usual fare of Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot.
- While it’s not a direct substitute for BBQ, the flavor is quite good.
- Leftover Crock Pot BBQ Chicken is highly versatile.
Crock Pot BBQ Chicken, the Real Food Way
- about 2 pounds chicken drumsticks
- 1 quart-sized jar of home-canned tomato sauce (or 2 – 15 oz jars / cans)
- 2 TB raw local honey
- 2 TB Worcestershire sauce
- 2 TB ground mustard
- 2 cloves minced garlic (about 2 TB, or to taste)
- 1 tsp unrefined sea salt
- Place chicken in a 6-qt crock pot.
- Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well. (I like to use a large Pyrex cup with a handle, for pouring.)
- Pour mixture over the chicken.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Serve and enjoy!
Note: I’m guessing that, after removing the chicken from the crock pot, you could transfer the sauce to a pan on the stove top and cook it down to a thicker consistency for serving with the chicken. I haven’t tried it–we just eat the chicken as is. Let me know if you try it!
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