Homemade Low-Sugar BBQ Sauce

homemade low sugar BBQ sauce with True Citrus

This BBQ sauce recipe is sweetened with natural molasses, and not too much. Great for those watching their sugar intake that still want to enjoy this smoky-sweet condiment! Recipe adapted from Sugar Free Mom.


1 cup Homemade Ketchup
1 packet True Lemon dissolved in 1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 clove garlic, mashed
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons molasses*
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2-3 dashes liquid smoke
2-3 dashes hot sauce (optional)

  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine all ingredients together and stir well.
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered for about 15-minutes until thickened.

*Feel free to use honey in place of molasses, but it will not give the sauce that traditional dark color.
Recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups, and is delicious over pork, jackfruit, or as a topping for burgers.