Make Your Own Low Sodium BBQ Sauce at Home

Ditch the unhealthy store-bought BBQ sauces and create your own delicious low sodium BBQ sauce right in your kitchen. Bursting with bold, tangy, and sweet flavors, this homemade sauce is perfect for summer grilling and weeknight dinners. Say goodbye to excessive preservatives, sodium, and sugar commonly found in commercial barbecue sauces. Now you have the power to make a healthier version that contains just 50 mg of sodium.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Great for someone on a low sodium diet
  • Versatile – use it with a variety of recipes
  • No artificial sweeteners or preservatives
  • Simple and made in one pot
  • Ready in less than 10 minutes

Equipment You’ll Need

To whip up this amazing low sodium BBQ sauce, you’ll need the following equipment:

  • Whisk – to mix all the ingredients together
  • Small saucepan – just large enough to accommodate the ingredients
  • Measuring spoons – for precise ingredient measurements
  • Mason jar – for storing your homemade BBQ sauce

Ingredients You’ll Need

This recipe requires a handful of ingredients that you might already have in your pantry. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Apple cider vinegar – adds tang and acidity for flavor
  • Tomato paste – gives the sauce a thick and rich texture
  • Vegetable broth – opt for a low sodium version
  • Coconut sugar – a natural sweetener, though you can use brown sugar if you prefer
  • Stone ground mustard – lower in sodium compared to other types of mustard and adds texture
  • Molasses – contributes to a rich and thick sauce with added sweetness. You can also use maple syrup as an alternative
  • Spices – includes chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and black pepper. Feel free to add a hint of cayenne pepper for some heat. Notably, no salt is added to maintain its low sodium content.
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How to Make Low Sodium BBQ Sauce

  1. Add all the ingredients to a medium sauce pot and whisk them together until well combined.
  2. Warm the pot over medium heat until the mixture starts to bubble. Then, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 8-10 minutes, whisking occasionally. Cover with a lid.
  3. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed. The longer the ingredients sit, the richer the flavors become as the sauce cools.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the BBQ sauce to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container.

How to Store

Once the barbecue sauce has cooled, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. It also freezes well and can be stored for up to 1 month. Defrost it in the fridge when you’re ready to use it, and serve at room temperature for the best flavor.

Ways to Use the Healthy Sauce

The low-sodium BBQ sauce can be used in a variety of delicious meals. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Slather it on grilled summer veggies for a burst of flavor.
  • Use it in recipes that call for BBQ sauce, such as baked beans.
  • Enjoy it as a dipping sauce.
  • Add it as a topping to your favorite veggie burgers.
  • Use it as a cooking sauce for vegan pulled pork.

BBQ Sauce on Vegan Pulled Pork sandwich with coleslaw sitting on wooden board.

Is It a Thyroid-Friendly Recipe?

This recipe incorporates stone ground mustard, known for its rich beta-carotene content, which is believed to have cancer-fighting properties. Additionally, stone ground mustard has lower sodium content compared to yellow mustard or dijon mustard. While traditional barbecue sauces often use brown sugar as a sweetener, this recipe utilizes coconut sugar, which contains natural vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

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