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I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been using my Crock Pot a lot lately. I’m busy. I’m a mom with kids in school, a wife with a husband that works outside of the home and goes to school, and I work full time myself from home. Couple all of that with the move and I don’t have a lot of spare time. Turning to my Crock Pot for answers only makes sense…in my head. It’s like cheating or something and your family thanks you for it. I make a large low sodium pot roast or brisket once a week and I get 2 meals out of the deal. The first night, we have the actual pot roast and vegetables, and the next, we have shredded beef (or brisket) BBQ sandwiches. The second meal is actually their favorite and my BBQ wouldn’t be this delicious without an amazing homemade BBQ sauce, low sodium style of course.
The secret’s in the sauce. You can have the most amazing cut of beef, but if the sauce isn’t good, neither is the meal. I found a BBQ recipe years ago that we loved, but when we went low sodium, I had to change it up and the result was even more delicious than the high in sodium variety.
Low Sodium BBQ Sauce Ingredients:
- 2 tbsp no salt butter
- 1 cup ketchup (Tip: 100% natural Hunt’s is actually lower than low sodium Heinz.)
- 1/2 cup beer (You can use non-alcoholic beer as well. This helps to break down the acids in the ketchup.)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup low sodium Worcestershire sauce
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 finely chopped small red sweet pepper
- 1 tbsp steak sauce
Low Sodium BBQ Sauce Preparation and Instructions:
- Place the butter in a large, deep frying pan and melt.
- Add the minced garlic, sweet pepper, and onion to the pan. Fry in the butter until tender.
- Pour in all of the wet ingredients and stir thoroughly.
- Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
While your sauce is simmering, shred your leftover pot roast with two forks. When the sauce is ready, stir the shredded beef into the frying pan, mix thoroughly, and simmer for about an hour on the stove. The tender meat will soak up all of the flavors from the BBQ sauce and the final result will leave them begging for more. Plate this up with some pickles, fresh vegetables, and a side of bread, or just serve it on a bun, whichever is your preference. It also pairs beautifully with baked beans. This dish is perfect for family meals or to serve up at football parties.
If you love this recipe and are looking to lower the sodium in your family’s diet, be sure to look through all of my healthier, low sodium recipes. And if you want even more ideas, go check out my Low Sodium Pinterest Board where I pin healthy recipes from all over the internet. Healthy food doesn’t have to taste bad. You deserve delicious!