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Dec 28, 2009 08:16 AM

Looking for sweet spice

Hello all, I am a low carb diabetic who is looking for a spice that has a sweet taste. I use a vertical water smoker and am looking for something to take the place of brown sugar in sauces and rubs. Thanks to all in advance for any and all help.

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  1. Make kind of a paste with worcestershire sauce and splenda.

    1. Low glycemic sweeteners such as agave nectar or stevia are options.

      Spices on the sweeter side of the spectrum include allspice, nutmeg, mace, cloves, cardamom, anise, cinnamon...not sugar substitutes, but fun to vary the flavors.

      1. Thanks for the suggestions, I will consider using both so far.

        1. Ozbuc, a nearly sugar/carb free version of brown sugar can be created with splenda and a tiny amount of blackstrap molasses.

          1 Cup. Splenda Equivalent (preferably in a carb free form such as liquid splenda)
          1/2 t. blackstrap molasses

          Blackstrap molasses is very strong tasting. You can get a half decent brown sugar flavor with very little carb impact with only 1/2 t.

          You can also cook inulin down into a dark caramel. You'll still need to sweeten it with splenda, but the caramel flavor will be spot on.

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          1. re: scott123

            Thanks for the info Scott, now where would one find inulin?

            1. re: ozbuc

              Trader Joes has inulin, but not everyone has a TJs in their area.

              It's obscenely expensive, but most pharmacies (and I think Walmart) carry fibersure


              It's good for getting your feet wet, though. Should you find you like cooking with it, there are online sources that are cheaper.

              1. re: scott123

                Again thanks for the info Scott. For my next smoke I think I will try the molasses route. then move on from there.

          2. I would definitely recommend stevia (not Truvia, or anything processed like that) or even a small amount of maple syrup or honey.

            The agave syrup is something you might want to do some research on. I've read conflicting information about it's healthfulness but I urge you to do your own research and decide for yourself. Here's one such article against the use of "raw agave syrup" that's worth reading.

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            1. re: Erika RollerGirl

              Thanks for the link and the suggestions Erika, I will research those.