Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"You can grill on anything, ... When I was traveling around the world researching The Barbecue! Bible, I saw people grilling in hubcaps, and the barbecue was great."
-Steve Raichien, Barbecue Guru

The refrigerator light goes on...

There are millions of variations of barbecue sauce, of course. Everyone has their favorite and their magic ingredients. This is the one place that you can get creative easily and likely not mess up your dinner.

I love smoked paprika and it gives this simple and quick sauce a lot of depth of flavor. Use a spicier version like hot paprika or even Chilean merken to really bring a new flavor to your next barbecue.

This is great on almost anything and I especially love this recipe using boneless, skinless chicken thighs. You can grill pork tenderloin, chicken, burgers, fish, or even tofu with this sauce and it will be delicious.

Hot Sauce

Hot sauce is a catchall term for whatever you happen to have in your pantry. For most of us this is Tabasco but there are hundreds of sauces on the market. One Web site that I know of offers over a thousand different types. The type that you use is entirely dependent on your ability to stand the heat in the kitchen.

The heat of a sauce is measured in Scoville units, a scale that was invented by Wilbur L. Scoville in 1912. His based this on the number of parts of sugar water that it would take to dilute the extract of chilies to the point that there is a barely detectable burn. While this seems a bit obsessive for my taste, pretty much anything over 5,000 scoville units is hot (let alone the sauces that advertise themselves as being 10, 20 or 100 times that hot).

The recipes here use Tabasco because this is the most widely available sauce. Tabasco sauce is rated at 5,000 S.U.. This is equivalent to the heat of a habanero chili.


Smokey Barbecue Sauce

Servings = 4 | Serving size =about 1/4 cup

Cooking Time = 15 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

The sauce will keep for about a week in the refrigerator.

3 Tbsp low-sodium ketchup
2 tsp maple syrup
2 tsp peach preserves
1/2 lime (juiced)
2 tsp water
1/8 tsp hot sauce (like Crystal or Tabasco)
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp smoked paprika (or Chilean merken)
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Place the ketchup, maple syrup, preserves, lime, water, hot sauce, salt, chili powder, paprika and pepper together in a bowl. Whisk until smooth.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 2 tablespoons

Servings = 8


Amount Per Serving

Calories 54 Calories from Fat 1
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 0g 0%
    Saturated Fat 0g 0%
    Monounsaturated Fat 0g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 82mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
    Dietary Fiber 0g 3%
    Sugars 10g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 15% Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 0% Iron 3%
Vitamin K 1 mcg Potassium 98 mg
Magnesium 6 mg