BBQ Sauce (low-amine, gluten-free, soy-free, tomato-free)

BBQ Sauce (low-amine, gluten-free, soy-free, tomato-free barbeque sauce substitute) photo

BBQ Sauce (low-amine, gluten-free, soy-free, tomato-free barbeque sauce substitute). This batch is 6X normal size, because I was making a New Year’s party appetizer.

I have oft lamented my loss of BBQ sauce. It is almost as severe as my lamentation for ketchup. But after figuring out a fabulous no-tomato ketchup recipe, I figured it was overdue for me to make a tomato-free BBQ sauce as well. It turned out fabulously (I started with the base being my tomato-free ketchup), and I’m thrilled to have made it and be able to share this gluten-free, soy-free, low-amine, tomato-free BBQ sauce!

1 C tomato-free ketchup

3/4 C water

5 Tbsp brown sugar

1 Tbsp chili powder

1/2 tsp celery seed

1 tsp salt (or salt substitute)

1/2 tsp liquid smoke

1/2 tsp minced habanero, or other choice minced fresh pepper (I keep mine minced and frozen for use as needed)

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp paprika

3 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp ascorbic acid

  • Simmer all ingredients over medium heat for 10 minutes, uncovered.
  • Enjoy!


Very Low Amine: tomato-free ketchup, water, celery seed, salt, liquid smoke, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, ascorbic acid

Low Amine: brown sugar

Very High Amine: chili powder, habanero, paprika

Tomato-Free Ketchup (No Tomato, Low-Amine, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan)

Cajun french fries and tomato-free (gluten-free, low-amine, vegan) ketchup photo

French fries and tomato-free (gluten-free, low-amine, soy-free, vegan) ketchup

I make exceptions with my amine allergies here and there. Ketchup is one of those things. I know I ought to not use ketchup because of the tomatoes (and because it’s probably been sitting on a shelf forever, building amines), but I love it so much. I figure it’s high time I make myself a low-amine substitute ketchup. This no-tomato ketchup is gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, and low-amine. Enjoy this tomato-free ketchup recipe!

Also, I’m happy to report that I had a batch of my no-tomato ketchup frozen for a couple weeks. I just thawed it, and it thawed PERFECTLY. You can make it in large batches and freeze it in week-sized portions!

1 C fresh cranberries

1 large pears (or mild apples), peeled and cored (about 1 C)

2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped (about 1 C)

1 C water

1 tsp ascorbic acid

1/4 C sugar

1 Tbsp salt

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp allspice

1/8 tsp ground cloves

  • On medium low heat, cook all ingredients together, covered, in a small pot for about 15 minutes.
Tomato-free ketchup ingredients: pear, carrot, cranberry photo

Tomato-free ketchup ingredients: pear, carrot, cranberry

  • Once all the no-tomato ketchup ingredients are well softened, remove from heat.
  • Use an immersion blender or food processor to blend the tomato-free ketchup ingredients together. Process until very smooth.
Tomato-free ketchup blended with an immersion blender photo

Tomato-free ketchup blended with an immersion blender

  • Store in your fridge, and freeze any you won’t get to in small batches. It thaws perfectly and is just as good thawed as fresh!
Very Low Amine: pear/apple, carrot, water, ascorbic acid, salt, onion powder
Low Amine: sugar
Very High Amine: cranberry, allspice, ground cloves
NOTE: For those of you who live in places where cranberry is not available, a reader did some experimenting and said this:
“I live in Australia and haven’t been able to find Cranberries in any form. I made this recipe using rhubarb instead of cranberries and it tasted pretty good. The rhubarb I had was stewed so I omitted the cup of water but if it hadn’t been I would have left it in still. The rhubarb was unsweetened of course so the sugar I added was the only sugar.”

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