Barbecue Sauce



Serving size

1/4 cup sauce
30 Minutes
12 hours

This recipe can be multiplied and the sauce will keep for about a week in the refrigerator.

Barbecue Sauce


1 cup Low sodium ketchup
1/4 Cup Apricot preserves
1/8 cup packed Light brown sugar
1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. Water
1/8 tsp. Tabasco sauce (or other hot sauce)
1/8 tsp. Garlic powder
1/2 tsp. Ground mustard
1 tsp. Chili powder
1 tsp. Paprika
1 tsp., ground Black pepper


Gather all ingredients and equipment.

Mix all ingredients together in a blender and chill overnight.

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GERD / Acid Reflux

This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.


This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Heinz brands of ketchup are gluten-free. Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce is gluten-free.


This is a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

Barbecue sauce is a funny thing. Religion for some and with good reason. The complexities of making a good sauce are debated endlessly. This healthy recipe relies heavily on the brown sugar and jam to create a caramelized glaze on whatever you decide to use it on.

Sugar adds calories, plain and simple. If you are really watching calories there are a lot of sauces out there with fewer calories that are actually pretty low in sodium. Look for ones that are low in both calories and sodium.

"You can grill on anything.... When I was traveling around the world researching 'The Barbecue! Bible,' I saw people grilling in hubcaps, and the barbecue was great."

Steve Raichien, Barbecue Guru