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Recipes and Reflections from Granny Grace

Family memories of barbeque sauce

Both my parents had many siblings and large extended families. They also had many friends. 

My happiest memories of growing up are of big gatherings of friends and family members with lots of good food. In pleasant weather much of the cooking happened outdoors where Daddy liked to show off his skills as a grill master. He truly enjoyed cooking all kinds of meats on his barbeque grill over open flames. Many years of practice made him something of an expert.

Of course, the women prepared the side dishes and desserts indoors. It wouldn’t have been a complete meal without their contributions. But on the day of a cook-out, Daddy took center stage as the star of the show.

Daddy made his own barbeque sauce and I’m embarrassed to say that I never captured his recipe. I know he started it with catsup. I think he added some diced onion and celery plus various other flavorings, but I don’t know for sure what-all he added. 

Learn from my experience. Capture those priceless recipes from your family while you can or, like me, you may always regret it. 

Since I don’t have Daddy’s recipe to share, here’s a great SUGAR-FREE barbeque sauce recipe I’ve used many times. It’s a great flavor enhancer for beef, pork, chicken and even baked beans. Mixed 1:1 with Ranch salad dressing it makes a great dip for chips and veggies.

This makes a thoughtful gift for people who like barbeque, especially if they are trying to limit carbohydrates. Many commercial barbeque sauces are heavily laced with honey, molasses, and/or sugar and have very high carbohydrate counts.

I keep a jar of this in the refrigerator at all times. It takes a little time to stir it up but for me it’s well worth the time and effort. As soon as I stir up one batch, I check to see if I have all ingredients for the next. If I’m running low on an ingredient, I add it to the grocery list for the next time I go shopping. I always want to have everything I need to stir up a pot of this good stuff.

If you try this recipe, write to me and let me know what you think. Or if you have a special sauce recipe you like to share, send me an email at .

Sugar-Free Barbeque Sauce

1 T vegetable oil

1 C minced onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 beef bouillon cubes

1/2 cup hot water

3 6 oz. cans tomato paste

1 C sucralose sweetener (such as Splenda)

3/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

3/4 cup Dijon mustard

3 T hickory-flavored liquid smoke

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1 T hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco) or to taste


Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook and stir until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

Mix the bouillon cubes and water in cup until the cubes are softened and beginning to dissolve. Pour the water and bouillon into the saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the cubes.

Mix in the remaining ingredients. Stir until the sweetener is dissolved.

Bring the sauce to a simmer, reduce heat, and simmer until the flavors have blended, 25-30 minutes. Stir frequently. For best flavor, cover and refrigerate overnight. Keep stored in refrigerator.

Grace Terry, MSW, (  is an author, transformative life/grief coach, intuitive angel card reader, and makes contact with souls on the Other Side.

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