Low Sugar Barbecue Sauce

April 21, 2022


Most homemade barbecue sauces start with ketchup, which contains a lot of added sugar, then brown sugar is added on top of that. Bottled barbecue sauces often contain other sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup.
This sauce starts with a plain tomato sauce and adds lots of spices, a bit of honey for sweetness and smoked paprika instead of liquid smoke.


  • 1 small onion, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 1 large clove)
  • 1 teaspoon sunflower oil
  • 1-398ml (14oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 12 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 18 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions: Place a saucepan over medium heat. Add the oil – then the onions and garlic. Cook until the onions have softened slightly, but not browned. Add the spices and cook until the spices are fragrant. Add the liquid ingredients and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer for 15-20
minutes or until the sauce has reached your desired thickness. Store in a jar or air-tight container for up to two weeks.