Barbecue season wouldn’t be the same without the sauces and condiments that enhance the flavour of grilled dishes. Did you know however that many store-bought and homemade sauces and condiments are filled with hidden sugar? One tablespoon of ketchup, for example, contains an entire teaspoon of sugar. Fortunately there are a number of new products on the market that provide all of the flavour of our favorite condiments, without all of those unwanted calories. Take a look at the Xyla brand as a start. It offers barbecue sauces, ketchup, and other products without any added sugar. Or make your own marinade at home by substituting the all-natural sweetener xylitol for most of the sugar. Now you can fire up the grill and indulge without the guilt – and here’s a sensational recipe to get things rolling:
Low and Slow BBQ Chicken Thighs
8 chicken thighs (about 2½ lbs) with or without skin
1/3 cup coarse salt
1/3 cup xylitol
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/3 cup paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
4 cups water
DirectionsCombine all dry ingredients in a large glass bowl. Add water and mix thoroughly. Add the chicken and allow it to marinate for 30 minutes in the fridge. Set the barbecue for indirect grilling and cook the chicken for 2-3 hours, flipping halfway. Feel free to baste with more sauce. You’ll know the chicken is done when the thickest part reaches 170˚ F.
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