How can the easiest and tastiest barbecue also be the healthiest? Superfoods and adaptogens spark your body alive with flavor! Spicy, exotic adaptogenic herbs help dissolve stress. Oven baking eliminates free radicals in grilling, which hang around in the body causing disease. I used natural chicory root sweetener Just Like Sugar Brown, which tastes delicious, dark, and won’t spike blood sugar or cause weight gain. Even better, it’s a pre-biotic that helps stimulate healthy intestinal flora.
Quality meats have the best flavor. I used Kyzer Farms pork ribs from Albuquerque NM, which are fed the cleanest non-GMO grains, local vegetables, no antibiotics or steroids. Mary’s organic chicken legs are raised clean and rich with flavor. Avoid meats from commercial feed lots that use GMO grains, antibiotics, and growth hormones.
Amazingly, this barbecue sauce tastes hot and spicy with NO nightshades! (See my article Beware of Nightshades). The secret is Galangal, also called Thai ginger, which is spicier than regular ginger root and gives the flavor a tantalizing kick. You can find Galangal in Asian markets, in grocery ethnic section, or online. Look for Thai Kitchen dried galangal. Makes 1 1/2 cups healthy BBQ sauce.
Just for fun, here are the ingredients in a popular BBQ sauce. Bull’s-Eye BBQ Sauce by Kraft/Heinz claims “no high fructose corn syrup”. However their recipe has changed, and the label lists it as the first ingredient! High Fructose GMO Corn Syrup, Tomato Puree (water, tomato paste), Molasses, Vinegar, Salt, Modified Food Starch, Natural Smoke Flavor, Mustard Flour, Dried Onions, Spice, Dried Garlic.