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Recipe: Tomato-Less BBQ Sauce (And Slow Cooker) Pulled Pork

D is a big fan of certain sauces.  He’s been known to put BBQ Sauce, Hoisin Sauce and Tzatziki Sauce on just about anything.  T not being able to eat tomatoes is a major bummer.  That is until we searched for a solution that worked for us.  We found a recipe on Google and have since modified it to make it our own.


  • 1 Cup Carrots (Finely Chopped or Processed)
  • 1/2 Cup Onion (Finely Chopped or Processed) [Optional]
  • 1 Tbsp Chopped Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Molasses
  • 1/2 Cup Light Agave Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Chipotle Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Mace
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1 Cup Juice or Soda (Corn Syrup is your friend) [We used Cranberry/Raspberry Juice]

In a medium pot or chicken fryer, saute the carrots, onions and garlic in the olive oil until carrots begin to brown.  Stir in the molasses, agave and vinegar.  (Tip: Use the same measuring cup for all three to dilute the sticky molasses and get it into the pot) Add chipotle sauce, liquid smoke and seasonings and stir thoroughly.  Add juice or soda and allow to simmer and reduce for 15-20 minutes.  Puree the sauce in a blender before using.

D’s Review: For taste, this is a spot on BBQ sauce.  The texture is more like a marinade in my mind.  Might try altering it in the future to add less liquid, but the end result is certainly tasty.

T’s Review: I wish D would make this more so we could have a bottle on hand.  The problem tends to be that we use it as fast as we make it.

What use is sauce without something to put it on?

D’s Simple Slow Cooker Pulled Pork


  • 1 Half Picnic Pork Shoulder (Do not use Pork Loin, fat is your friend)
  • 2 Tbsp Bone Suckin’ Rub
  • 1/2 – 1 Cup Tomato-less BBQ Sauce

The day before cooking, rub down your pork covering it thoroughly with the Bone Suckin’ Rub.  If there is skin on your pork, trim this so only a layer of fat remains.  Score the fat before applying the rub.  After marinating overnight place the pork into a slow cooker (fat side up) and cook on low for 8 or more hours.  Pull the pork apart with a pair of forks and strain off excess fat.  Mix with BBQ sauce until satisfied.  You may wish to add mustard or honey depending on personal tastes.


Roll courtesy of Joan’s GF Great Bakes


4 comments on “Recipe: Tomato-Less BBQ Sauce (And Slow Cooker) Pulled Pork

  1. Sarah Liles
    December 31, 2013

    Is the roll egg free too? The whole thing looks so good.

    • David.Groveman
      December 31, 2013

      Hi Sarah,

      The roll is Top 6 Free. It’s from Joan’s GF Great Bakes. It’s very good right out of the oven but the bread is dense and gets hard to eat as it cools. Glad you liked the recipe.

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This entry was posted on December 20, 2013 by in Comfort Food, Pork, Recipes, Sauces.
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