This Mango BBQ Sauce gets a spicy kick from the jalapeño and is naturally sweetened with mango. There are no added sugars in this recipe, making it a great one for anyone on a low sugar, keto, or paleo diet!
Eating a No-Sugar, Low-Sugar Diet
Every January my family does a 10-day sugar detox. I know I know, these darn fad diets and challenges! But for us it’s a great way for us to start the year feeling fresh and the commitment is doable.
We eliminate all added and refined sugar. We allow ourselves naturally sweet things (like fruit, honey, plain yogurt, etc.).
One added benefit is it is teaching our kids how to read labels and helps us all become better aware of how much added sugar is in pretty much everything we eat. And it honestly felt good!
Our Definition of No Sugar Added
Many who participate in de-toxes or diets have different definitions of sugars. To some, any sweetener is a no-no (even natural sweeteners like honey). To others, things like honey and maple syrup are okay, but they say no to refined sugar, like granulated sugar or molasses, or other things like that.
We’re in the former group. For us, natural things like real fruit, dried fruit, honey, maple syrup, are all okay. But processed or refined sugars (like brown sugar, cane syrup, white sugar, etc.) are all no-no.
Please consider your own restrictions when using this recipe.
- This recipe contains no “added sugar”. Meaning every ingredient in it has no sugar added to it that is not natural (like fruit).
- The sweetness in this comes naturally from: a) the caramelized onions, which add great natural sweetness, and b) the mango.
How to Make No Sugar Added BBQ Sauce
- Caramelize onions: In a large pot set to medium heat cook onions until soft, starting to caramelize, and sweet to the taste.
- Add garlic and jalapeño and stir together for 2 minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the mango cubes have softened.
- Blend: Using a hand immersion blender, or countertop blender, blend your sauce until smooth and there are no chunks.
- Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference. If too thick add water or more apple cider vinegar.
Variations on Mango BBQ Sauce (no sugar added)
If you’re flexible, and able to add some additional sweeteners, we recommend 2-3 tablespoons of either honey, maple syrup, or molasses. Whatever you feel comfortable with.
You can also add Worcestershire sauce for some kick (which we do), but note that most Worcestershire sauces may contain sugar as an ingredient. It’s super minimal in the grand scheme of the recipe, but feel free to leave it out if you’re going hard core!!!
Either way, whatever you may or may not add, I applaud you for trying something new and taking care of your body!
*Please not that I am nooooooo nutritionist! So take my advice and recipes with a grain of salt. If you are on a specific diet please use your own discretion or consult your own nutritionist.
Recipes for your Mango BBQ Sauce
- Smoked Ribs with Spicy Mango BBQ Sauce
- Grilled Chicken Breasts
- Smoked Pork Butt (pulled pork sandwiches)
Spicy Mango Jalapeño BBQ Sauce (with no sugar added) Recipe
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