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Jun 25, 2012 07:29 PM

BBQ Sauce that is Low-sugar, no HFCS, & widely available?

I was wondering if anyone knew of a BBQ sauce that is low-sugar and has no HFCS. Preferably it isn't loaded with calories and fat because I would like to use it to cook for a very health-conscious bunch.

(Please no online, make-your-own, OR health-food store recommendations... I am limited to general American-chain grocery stores..)


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  1. A google search reveals such mainstream grocery brands such as KC Masterpiece and Walden Farms being available in Sugar Free versions. Your grocery manager at your local supermarket should be able to get them for you.

    1. I have only ever found the Walden Farms which is, in my family's opinion, something we will never partake of again.


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      1. re: Jerseygirl111

        Ugh, had the Walden Farms salad dressing once, nuff said.

      2. I recently discovered that Bullseye Memphis and Texas style BBQ sauce does not contain HFCS.

        I am not sure what you consider to be low sugar.

          1. re: ferret

            Absolutely agree. Bonesuckin' Sauce is sweetened with honey and molasses - no sugar, no corn syrup, no artificial sweeteners. Moreover, it tastes better than pretty much anything out there. In fact, you'll see it mentioned several times on each of the "Best Store Bought BBQ Sauces" threads.

              1. re: MGZ

                In fact, looking at its nutrition label, it gets 32 of it's 36 calories per serving from sugar.

                1. re: mcf

                  I'm surprised it's not all 36. Clearly, molasses and honey are "sugars," as would be the broken down tomatoes. Nevertheless, you know as well as I do that some people avoid table sugar (sucrose) and high fructose corn syrup while not avoiding all saccharides. I don't see that universal agreement on the dietary issue is necessary to answer the OP. I mean, you're not going to make barbecue sauce out of meat.

                  1. re: MGZ

                    Yes, but your post said "no sugar." Then it went on to list sugars.

                    1. re: mcf

                      You really want to play the colloquial versus technical word usage game?

                    2. re: MGZ

                      What's going to contribute calories to such a sauce if it isn't some form of sugar or sweetener? People usually don't put fat (oil) in BBQ sauce, or starchy thickeners.

                      If someone wants to dial back on the sugars, in the broad sense, in a BBQ sauce, he needs to pick a different style, that emphasizes the tart and spicy, not the sweet.

                      1. re: paulj

                        That's pretty much what Bonesuckin' is - especially the Hot version. When compared to something like the 60 calories in Kraft per serving, it's not too caloric. Regardless, as I noted, some folks just don't want table sugar and HFCS - other natural sugars are ok.

                        1. re: MGZ

                          I have a bottle of 'all natural' sauce from Trader Joes with 11 and 9 g, respectively of carbs and sugars (cf to 10 & 8 for Bone Sucking). It is the typical thick and sweet sauce.


                          When I mention changing styles I have in mind things like the East Carolina style, which is heavy on the vinegar, and quite light on the sugar (a cup or 2 of vinegar and 1 T or 2 of sugar). It is regional, and easy to make from a recipe, so there probably isn't a national brand with this style.

              2. As much as we love Bone Sucking' Sauce and occasionally modifying it by cutting it with cider vinegar (great chicken glaze that resists burning) we also find that Goya's 'Mojo' marinade makes an incredible chipotle flavored finishing glaze or flavoring to add to BBQ beans or BBQ sauce or even a marinade. Great smokey spices, bit of heat but much less sweetness.