Spicy Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce

Being on a low-sodium diet, you sure do miss the convenience of pre-made BBQ sauce – especially when you’re busy. Well, friends, weep no more for that beloved bottle. Here’s a delicious all-purpose sauce for grilling, basting or dipping that you can whip up quick as a wink. Pssst: It’s so good, they’ll never guess it’s salt free!
Yields 2 1/2 cups.

SODIUM CONTENT: 72.5 mg in recipe


2 8-oz. cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
1/2 c. finely diced onion (half sm/med onion)
2 t. minced garlic (2 cloves)
2 T. apple cider vinegar
1 T. vegetable oil
2 T. Grandma’s original unsulphered molasses (available at many large grocery stores nationwide and online)
1 T. honey
1 t. Colgin Liquid Smoke (available at many large grocery stores nationwide and online)
1 1/2 t. ground cumin
1 t. ground paprika
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 t. ground cayenne pepper


Combine sauce ingredients in a small pan and simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into a clean lidded jar or other airtight container. Refrigerate until use.

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5 Responses to Spicy Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce

  1. Karen says:

    I am so glad to have found some of your recipes on Pinterest. My husband was recently diagnosed with renal disease. (Just 3 weeks post op from a partial nephrectomy. His kidneys will be checked at his appointment next month to tweak how I should be cooking for him. We do know to go ahead and cut back on sodum. 🙂 How do I follow you on Pinterest?

  2. Laurie C says:

    This BBQ sauce recipe was way too spicy for my husband and I. It got thrown out. I will keep teying your other recipes. I was hoping fo r something more like sweet baby ray’s BBQ.

  3. Joyce says:

    Would like to see nutritional content on your recipes. Example: Sat Fat, sodium

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