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  • Replacement for brown sugar in BBQ recipes?

    Has anyone come across a replacement for brown sugar to use in everyone's favorite BBQ rubs and sauces?? I am going to smoke a pork butt but am having a hard time figuring out what to replace the brown sugar in my dry rub recipe with? Open to suggestions!

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    How much? Sugar measured by the teaspoon as a seasoning is likely harmless. You could use an unrefined one like date sugar or sucanat if you want some nutrients with it. If you're trying to minimize fructose or calories then maybe a granulated erythritol or monkfruit product.

    Blackstrap molasses is nice in liquid sauce too.
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    • #3
      honestly id just use a good quality dark brown sugar but coconut sugar might work to?
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      • #4
        I come from Whole 30 land so sugar is mostly out of my vocabulary. I am just now starting to use a small amount occasionally. I do my rubs minus the sugar. Dates work great in sauces. I actually have grown to like dates as a sweetener more than sugar. Not sure why you are anti sugar, but if you are okay with it, I would use it in your rub.

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        • #5
          I use a bit of honey because it's more primal. But a bit of sugar is okay, I just put it in my calorie counter.
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          • #6
            Use.the.brown.sugar. or use blackstrap molasses

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            • #7
              I'm just trying to watch my general carb/glucose levels. The recipe for the rub calls for a quarter cup of brown sugar but that's spread over a 9 pound piece of meat that is getting smoked for about 13 hours, I'm thinking that maybe its negligible but I'm not sure.

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              • #8
                I was thinking about using molasses in the sauce, I have never actually used so I think curiosity is going to get the best of me.

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                • #9
                  If it's really sweet, the recipe could probably be improved simply by cutting the sugar in half. Most recipes are way sweeter than they need to be.

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                  • #10
                    I would use coconut sugar. It tastes very much like brown sugar. It is used in a lot of the recipes in the book Primal Cravings which Mark endorses so he must be okay with it.

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                    • #11
                      Molasses is the perfect replacement, since brown sugar is just molasses and mixed with white sugar . . . honey is a good option as well. When I make homemade BBQ sauce I use 1-2 tbsp. of each.
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                      • #12
                        I make my BBQ sauce and I use figs for the sweetener. Here's a rough outline of what I do:

                        saute onions and garlic, add:
                        tomato paste
                        dried figs
                        apple cider vinegar
                        chipotles in adobo sauce
                        smoked paprika
                        water
                        simmer for a while and then puree
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                        • #13
                          I saw coconut sugar at Costco the other day! I wish I would have bought it now. . .

                          Thanks for the help all, I appreciate it!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Urban Forager View Post
                            I make my BBQ sauce and I use figs for the sweetener. Here's a rough outline of what I do:

                            saute onions and garlic, add:
                            tomato paste
                            dried figs
                            apple cider vinegar
                            chipotles in adobo sauce
                            smoked paprika
                            water
                            simmer for a while and then puree
                            That sauce sounds fantastic!

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                            • #15
                              I'll add my praise to back-strap molasses.

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