Smoky Barbecue Sauce



Serving size

about 1/4 cup
15 Minutes

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

Smoky Barbecue Sauce


3 Tbsp. Low sodium ketchup
2 Tbsp. Maple syrup
2 tsp. Peach preserves
1/2 lime yields Lime juice, raw
2 tsp. Water
1/8 tsp. Tabasco sauce (or any hot sauce of your choice)
1/8 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Chili powder
1/2 100 grams Smoked paprika (or Chilean merken)
1 tsp., ground Black pepper


Place the ketchup, maple syrup, preserves, lime, water, hot sauce, salt, chili powder, paprika and pepper together in a bowl. Whisk until smooth.
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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.


This is a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

There are millions of variations of barbecue sauce, of course. Everyone has their favorite and their magic ingredients. This is one recipe where you can get creative easily and likely not mess up your dinner.

Smoked paprika gives this simple and quick sauce a lot of depth of flavor. Use a spicier version like hot paprika or even Chilean merken to really bring a new flavor to your next barbecue.

This is great on almost anything – boneless, skinless chicken thighs are especially easy. You can grill pork tenderloin, chicken, burgers, fish, or even tofu with this sauce and it will be delicious.

"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