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the source of the pork could be a concern, but part of the 80/20 rule take some fishoil to balance out the omega-6 to -3 ratio....I would be more concerned with the BBq sauce or marinade they put on it...if it's a dry rub I'd want to know too (ie no added sugar)
Are ribs from places like Sonny's TOTALLY bad for you because they're smoked?</blockquote>
But are they smoked?
Some fast food is actually "smoke flavour". It's never really seen a smokehouse.
And what the heck else in there? MSG? glucose syrup? colouring? ...
One the one hand, I think you could go a little crazy trying to make sure nothing was ever wrong or unnatural about your food. On the other, so much of what's on offer now is so unnatural that you have to keep making exceptions ... and it all adds up.
Everyone has to make their own call on these things. It's a lot of work to make things from scratch yourself, but I tend to more now. I bet homemade ribs would be cheaper, healthier, and taste far better.
One of my great joys now is pulled pork from "Smoky Jon's" here in Madison. I get it sauce on the side and add just a dribble. So Good I don't even miss the cornbread! I'm sure the pork is grain-fed but I consider this an indulgence and count it in my 20%.
I don't know of any BBQ sauce recipe that doesn't have sugar in some form in it. It not only sweetens, but if put on in final minutes (K.C. style) carmelizes for a different flavor. Many commercial sauces use HFCS. Sweetness is an essential part of the flavor of pulled pork.
Brown sugar is not used for color, if at all.
I have tried pulled pork with Low Sodium Dale's Marinade, very low in sugar, and stevia. Frankly, barely edible.
My latest jag on sauces is taking Korean BBQ sauce and reduce it until much thicker. Yum, yum. Yes, it has sugar in it. My take on BBQ sauces and the sugars they contain is that 1), I only eat this every two or three weeks, and 2) the amount of sugar on a small bit of ribs is very small, and 3) since the sugars are being consumed with lots of fat and other foods, there is essentially no insulin response out of the ordinary. Less than eating a piece of fruit, probably.
For the purists, I know that won't do. Otherwise, think of it as being in that 20% tolerance for "cheating." Probably more like 5%.
There may be "diabetic" sauces w/o the sugar, but I've not seen any. If I can locate some xanthum or other gum to thicken, I'm going to work on this.
I think you all are giving me a great idea for the recipe video contest! I have a great rib recipe, no sugar or smoker needed; just an oven and a grill to finish them. One tip for making a bbq sauce with a hint of sweetness is to use tomato paste or puree in the base. Tomatoes are a naturally sweet fruit and caramelize nicely over some hot charcoal.