Guilt Free BBQ Sauce

I may not know much about a science book, and I may not know much about the math I took. I may not know much about what’s false or true, but bruthas and sistas, I know a LOT about my barbeque…

Dana Ramsey, from the hautemealz.com team, created this recipe, and it is, flat out, one of the best sauces I’ve ever slathered on a hunka meat…not even taking into account that it’s crazy low in calories!

Check the specs below, and keep in mind that my favorite store-brand sauce runs almost TEN TIMES the calories and carbs for the same two tablespoons!

You pair this sauce with some good lean beef or pork…and you got a guilt free bbq-feast like you’ve only dreamed of!

Dana’s Sweet n’ Saucy BBQ
Serving size: 2 Tbs
Yield: 40 Servings

4 cup low-salt tomato sauce
1/4 cup balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup Stevia
2 Tbs smoked paprika
1 Tbs onion powder
2 tsp liquid smoke (Stubbs Mesquite)
1 tsp each: garlic powder, salt, black pepper, mustard powder, celery seed, thyme

Combine in sauce pan and simmer for 1 hour.

Cool, and store in container in refrigerator.


-Chef Perry


Slow-Cooker Beef Short Ribs with Simple Snow Peas

Because my very dear friends, Kathy and Joel, asked for it…here’s a freebie from next week’s menu…I’m eating this as I type, and it’s pretty freakin’ awesome.

This is my new favorite “quick and easy” bbq sauce…I can’t wait to try in on brisket!

Dinner 6

Slow-Cooker Beef Short Ribs with Simple Snow Peas

Slow-Cooker Beef Short Ribs (6a)

Yield: Serves 2  Active Time: 10 min.    Total Time: 9 hr. 10 min.

  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 lb. boneless beef short ribs
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce*
  • 3 tbsp. chili sauce
  •  1 tbsp. minced garlic

Put flour, salt and pepper in a bag, add ribs and shake them well to coat.

Brown the ribs in butter in a large skillet, over medium heat, then transfer the ribs to your slow cooker.

In the original skillet, combine remaining ingredients and bring them to a boil, stirring constantly.

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Pour the sauce over the ribs, cover and cook on low for 9 hours.

If you’re feeling adventurous, here’s an amazing, and easy homemade bbq sauce recipe that’s just 8 calories for 2 Tbs!

 Simple Snow Peas (6b)

Yield: Serves 2  Active Time: 5 min.      Total Time: 5 min.

  • 1 cup fresh snow peas (washed/trimmed)     1/2 to 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced                                      Salt & Black Pepper

Heat wok or skillet on medium-high heat, add the oil, get it hot, then dump in the peas. Cook 1 minute, stirring, and then add garlic and seasoning.

Quick fry just till bright green and still crisp.

Remove and serve while still hot.