BBQ! The go-to meal for summer cookouts and gatherings. What’s better on a lazy weekend afternoon than a big plate of finger-licking BBQ sauce-covered meat or veggies?
Unfortunately, most store-bought BBQ sauces are laden with added sugars and other impossible-to-pronounce-ingredients. For our cleansers, who are keeping tomatoes off their plates during cleanse-time, it’s also a dish that they’ve long had to avoid.
We’ve developed a cleanse-friendly BBQ sauce that is so smoky and delicious you’ll never miss the original. We’ve replaced the tangy-sweetness of the tomato and sugar with beets; the only added sweetener is a little bit of blackstrap molasses. Seriously, it’s so good you’ll want to slather this stuff on everything! We went traditional with this recipe and used it on grilled chicken, but you could go vegetarian or vegan and put it on grilled or roasted veggies too. The possibilities are endless!
So, get out there, get grilling, and enjoy this super yummy cleanse-friendly meal that your entire family will enjoy.
With love and BBQ grillin’,
Tomato Free BBQ Sauce
Yield: 2 cups
1 TB. olive oil
1 TB. lemon juice
5 TB. apple cider vinegar
2 TB. blackstrap molasses
1 TB. fresh ginger
1 clove of garlic, peeled and crushed
1 cup carrots, diced
1 cup onion, diced
½ tsp. smoked salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Rinse beet and trim off the leafy tops. Wrap beet loosely in aluminum foil and place in oven. Roast beets for about an hour or until soft. Remove the beet from the oven, take off foil and set aside to cool. Once the beet has cooled, cut off leafy end, peel skin off with thumbs, and quarter the peeled beet.
In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil. Add onion and carrots and sauté until onions are translucent. In a high speed blender, blend beet, onion, carrots, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, molasses, ginger, garlic, and smoked salt until smooth. Place blended ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes. Store in a glass container in the refrigerator for 7 days.
Tomato Free BBQ Chicken
Yield 4-6 servings
3 lbs. chicken thighs and legs, skin on and bone in
1 cup Tomato Free BBQ sauce
Season chicken with sea salt on both sides. Preheat gas grill to medium-low heat (about 300 degrees F). Place chicken on heated grill and cook for about 30 minutes with the lid down, turning occasionally. Before chicken is completely cooked, brush BBQ sauce over the surface every 3 to 5 minutes until the chicken is done. The chicken should have an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Once the chicken is cooked through, remove the chicken from the grill and let it rest for 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley.
Jo Schaalman and Jules Peláez are co-authors of the book The Conscious Cleanse: Lose Weight, Heal Your Body and Transform Your Life in 14 Days, a best-selling, step-by-step guide to help you live your most vibrant life. Together they’ve led thousands of people through their online supported cleanse through their accessible and light-hearted approach. They’ve been dubbed “the real deal” by founder and chief creative director Bobbi Brown, of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, beauty editor of the TODAY show.
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