Fall weather is fast approaching and I'm trying to enjoy every ounce of my grill before the snow starts. That mean the flames are kicking and the sauce is has to match. Barbecue sauce recipes typically have a ketchup base. Condiments like ketchup are a hidden playground for sugar and sodium, not to mention loaded with coloring and preservatives. All these items can trigger inflammation in our bodies (puffiness and pain aside, this leads to serious disease.)
So what's a gal to do when when the BBQ hankering kicks in?? Get creative!
Luckily I happened to attended a Cranberry Festival over the weekend and came home with a 5 pound box of fresh cranberries. I couldn't resist using the cranberries as the base of my sauce.
Mole flavors started to speak to me so I used raw cacao to give the sauce depth. Horseradish and harissa bring on the lingering heat of the sauce. Once it's all cooked and blended it becomes rich, silky, dark and tangy with a hint of spice.
You can add more spice for more heat or additional cranberries for more berry notes- make it your own before grilling season is over. This recipe is a Happy and Healthy winner!
Happy Healthy Tips: Cranberries protect against urinary tract infections, inflammation and helps to protect against some cancer. Try popping a few raw for the best benefits. If you don't have the Harissa powder, try substituting Thai chili powder, fresh chili peppers or a combination of cumin, cayenne and chili powder.