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We try to replace as many processed products with homemade ones as we can. When we’d raised, butchered, and roasted our own pig, I couldn’t very well serve it with store bought barbecue sauce. (Okay, I could have, but I didn’t want to)
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Pioneering Today-Sweet and Smoky Barbecue Sauce
2 cups ketchup (You can use tomato paste and dilute it with water, or boil down stewed tomatoes)
1 cup brown sugar
1 finely chopped onion
5 cloves minced garlic (we use our own homegrown garlic)
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (if you prefer a tangy sauce, then up this to taste)
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce (I use Bragg’s Amino Acids in place of soy sauce)
1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Mix all of this in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir and reduce to a simmer. Allow to simmer for an hour, until sauce has thickened and turned a pretty dark red. Use immediately, store in fridge or freeze
What’s your favorite homemade replacement for store bought processed foods?
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.