How to Make a Healthy BBQ Sauce Because, Sorry, It’s Not Summer Without It

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Sorry, you can't call your little backyard party a barbecue without a really great barbecue sauce. Unfortunately, most store-bought varieties contain more sugar than you'd think, and that's why this healthy BBQ sauce recipe will take your next gathering to another level.

There are a few components every all-star BBQ sauce needs. It has to taste great (duh). A smooth, creamy texture is essential. And it should be just sticky enough to make a mess. It's safe to say Heidi Boortz, lead recipe engineer at 90/10 Nutrition, nailed all of the above in her clean eating BBQ sauce recipe. Instead of bringing home something from the store with an extra-long ingredients list, this one only requires a few things you probably already have in your kitchen.

The vegan and gluten-free recipe combines tomato paste, liquid aminos, pure maple syrup, unsweetened applesauce, balsamic vinegar, strawberry fruit-only preserves, white wine vinegar, and some spices with a little water. After cooking it on the stove for around 20 minutes, it's ready to devour immediately or store in the fridge for future use. DIYing your own BBQ sauce betters your health, saves you money, and ups the flavor of your favorite dishes, and what's more of a win than that? Head to 90/10 Nutrition for the full healthy BBQ sauce recipe.

Just in time for summer, here's a healthy eater's guide to eating BBQ. While you're at it, add these six beauty-boosting foods to the lineup at your next cook-out.

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