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Ancho-Orange Barbecue Sauce

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One of my favorite condiments is barbecue sauce, and ranch dressing, okay maybe it’s a tie between the two. I already switched up my Homemade Ranch Dressing to be Whole 30 and Paleo, this past weekend I came up with an Ancho-Orange Barbecue Sauce the is sugar-free, healthy, and still loaded with flavor to pour all over my Instant Pot Barbecue Ribs…..

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Deep down I know that Whole 30 is supposed to change your feelings towards food, and help you to make better choices…but I like what I like, and some modifications are what’s keeping me sane, lol

This Whole 30, Paleo, sugar-free Ancho-Orange Barbecue Sauce is the perfect way to finish off your barbecue ribs | cookingwithcurls.com

I have lost 16 pounds so far, so I must be doing something right. Yes, I could have lost more if I ate like a rabbit, but I would rather enjoy myself and not feel deprived. I mean look at those ribs, they are totally delicious and this Ancho-Orange Barbecue Sauce contains no molasses or brown sugar…or alcohol. Lisa is a happy camper. 🙂

How do you make Ancho-Orange Barbecue Sauce?

We are going to start by removing the stems and seeds from two ancho chiles {the dried kind}. Rinse them and place them in a bowl of some type. Cover them with warm water and allow them to soak for 10 to 15 minutes…..

Ancho-Orange Barbecue Sauce soak cookingwithcurls.com

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add the onions and cook until softened, stirring occasionally to keep them from burning…..

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Add the garlic and heat for one minute…..

Ancho-Orange Barbecue Sauce garlic cookingwithcurls.com

Pour in the orange juice, add the tomato paste and stir to combine…..

Ancho-Orange Barbecue Sauce tomato cookingwithcurls.com

Add the vinegar, fish sauce, chili powder, paprika, cumin, and allspice…..

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Stir to combine. Allow to simmer for 25 minutes, lowering the temperature if it starts to boil.

Remove the chiles from the soaking water and place them in a blender. Pour the sauce on top of the chiles…..

Ancho-Orange Barbecue Sauce blend cookingwithcurls.com

and puree until smooth. Serve immediately or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week…..

This Ancho-Orange Barbecue Sauce is thick, tangy, and loaded with flavor | cookingwithcurls.com

This recipe took some crazy twists and turns as I was preparing it. I made Shredded Pork with an Ancho-Orange Sauce a couple of weeks ago, and thought the sauce would make an awesome barbecue sauce. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to add the whole chiles, maybe chili powder would be enough…Nope! I kept adding…and adding ingredients until it was perfect. 🙂

Notes:

  • This Ancho-Orange Barbecue Sauce is really thick, kind of like a paste if you will. If you would like a thinner consistency, add more orange juice or water.
  • This sauce is not spicy at all. If you would like to amp up the heat, add chipotle, or sriracha.

I used this sauce on my barbecue ribs, shown above, chicken, and shredded pork. It has a completely different taste than I am used to, but you don’t miss the sugar at all.

More traditional barbecue sauce recipes for you to try:

Hawaiian Barbecue Sauce

Pineapple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Cherry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Guinness Barbecue Sauce

Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

Enjoy!!

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Ancho-Orange Barbecue Sauce

This Ancho-Orange Barbecue Sauce is thick, tangy, and loaded with flavor! You would never guess that it's Whole 30, Paleo, and sugar-free!
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue, sauce, condiment, recipe, whole 30, paleo, sugar-free
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 39kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 2 dried ancho chiles (rinsed, stemmed, and seeded-then soaked in warm water)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped white onion
  • 2 large cloves garlic (chopped)
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (possibly more to thin the sauce if needed)
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons fish sauce (I used Red Boat)
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice

Instructions

  • Rinse the chiles and place them in a bowl. Cover them with warm water and allow them to soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add the onions and cook until softened, stirring occasionally to keep them from burning.
  • Add the garlic and heat for one minute.
  • Pour in the orange juice, add the tomato paste and stir to combine.
  • Add the vinegar, fish sauce, chili powder, paprika, cumin, and allspice. Stir to combine. Allow to simmer for 25 minutes, lowering the temperature if it starts to boil.
  • Remove the chiles from the soaking water and place them in a blender. Pour the sauce on top of the chiles and puree until smooth.
  • Serve immediately or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Notes

  • This Ancho-Orange Barbecue Sauce is really thick, kind of like a paste if you will. If you would like a thinner consistency, add more orange juice or water.
  • This sauce is not spicy at all. If you would like to amp up the heat, add chipotle, or sriracha.

Nutrition

Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1220IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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  1. I love the combination of the smokey anchos and sweet orange juice in this sauce! Congrats on the weight loss! A little at a time is the way to go. I found you on the Sugar and Spice Link Party.

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