I'm not exactly sure how this struck me, but one day I decided that pineapple would be the perfect stand-in for both sugar and vinegar in BBQ sauce. I don't know how other food bloggers work, but I get ideas all the time that are jotted down in notebooks, on envelopes, in my phone, and in my planner. For as type-A as I am, my blogging "system" is still mostly....haphazard. But that's how summer is, isn't it? Doing whatever you want whenever you want? Maybe come fall I will have some sort of system in place.
Anyway, sometimes when I jot down a recipe idea it doesn't work out, and sometimes it does! In this case, the pineapple did just what I wanted. This is not as sweet as normal BBQ sauce, but it still has that familiar tang. If you're grilling, I recommend cooking your meat first, then slapping some of this sauce on the last few minutes. Since the sugar is less concentrated than normal BBQ, it doesn't char around the edges as quickly, but give it time, that'll happen. This sauce is fairly spicy, but it is delicious on both beef and pork! Added bonus: since there are no added sugars, it is Whole30 compliant.
Spicy Pineapple BBQ Sauce
- Place the cubed pineapple in a blender or food processor, and blend until liquified.
- Put all ingredients into a medium pot over medium-high heat and cover with a lid.
- Allow the mixture to come to a boil, then turn the temperature down to medium to continue simmering. Stir occasionally to prevent the bottom from burning.
- Let the sauce simmer until the color darkens slightly, about 40 minutes.
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