Our team loves barbecue. Now is the season of cooking outside the kitchen. It’s a great way to spend some time out of the house, and it stops your house from getting any warmer than it already is. It’s a fun way to cook that breaks our usual routine, and it just feels like summer to cook or eat in the yard! However, the high amounts of sugar keep us away from most sauces and rubs. When the first ingredient of the list is brown sugar, it’s an immediate turn off for those of us with blood sugar concerns.
Today, we are looking at spice rubs and barbecue sauces that can punch up your foods without impacting your blood sugar. Everyone should be able to enjoy delicious food off the grill!
This rub is presented as a seasoning for grilled vegetables. But, we think it’s great for everything. Some people may wish to omit the celery seeds from the mix. We know that celery isn’t a flavor everyone enjoys. Our team also increases the amount of red pepper flakes because we like it hot! If you include the flakes — you can leave them out entirely if you aren’t a fan — be sure to crush them, so the flavor is evenly distributed. This recipe might become a staple in your pantry because it enhances anything you want to put on the grill. Get the recipe.
If you think a rub just isn’t a rub without sweetness, you do have other options. The advances in non-caloric sweeteners have come a long way over the years. There are now many on the market that are suitable for cooking. This recipe uses brown Swerve to replace brown sugar. It’s a straightforward rub mix. If you want to use a sweetener in place of sugar in your favorite spice mix, always look up the exchange rate. Some substitutes are actually sweeter than sugar, and you should adjust the amount you use. Get the recipe.
This barbecue sauce makes a little tang and a bit of a kick, making it had to resist! The recipe is straightforward, and it goes well with everything you cook on the grill. Additionally, two tablespoons of the sauce have only 28 calories and 1.6 grams of carbs. That’s way better than the stuff out of the bottle. There is one drawback, you must simmer it for at least 45 minutes. That can put the brakes on if it’s a hot day. You can make it in advance, and it is delicious. But, you might decide it’s not a trade-off you’re willing to make. Get the recipe.
We like a lot of things about this sauce. For one thing, two tablespoons only have 17 calories and 3.2 grams of carbs. We also adore the incredibly classic flavor. You will not be able to tell the difference between it and any other homemade barbecue sauce. It tastes homemade, but not low carb. And finally, there is no cooking involved, you whisk the ingredients together, and you are good to go. There is no heat involved — except for a pinch of chipotle powder! This can be a go-to condiment for anyone who likes barbecue sauce as it is so fast and so tasty. Get the recipe.
Now is the time to enjoy the sunshine and our yards. We might not be able to go to a park, beach, river or other regular summer haunts. But that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on all the traditions! We hope these rubs and sauces punch up whatever is on your grill.