Homemade Barbecue Sauce (low sodium)

Chicken baked in Homemade BBQ Sauce

A great kitchen staple for quick meals and entertaining is barbecue sauce. At this very moment, someone is slow-cooking ribs in barbecue sauce in a crock pot, and someone else is preparing little smokies or meat balls for an office pot-luck.  Ready-made sauces from the store are so easy, but very high in sodium. Here is a recipe for a quick barbecue sauce to use for cooking meats and chicken.

(The pictured dish is chicken, covered in Homemade Barbecue Sauce then baked for 45 minutes at 350F. How simple can you get?)

For half a cup of sauce, stir together:

1 8 oz can unsalted tomato sauce or frozen homemade sauce
2 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp black pepper

For variety, try:
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil + 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp "curry powder"
  • red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar in place of the white vinegar


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