Nothing beats that summer taste of sweet, smoky ribs or barbecued chicken. But many barbecue sauces are loaded to the max
with added sugars. Here's how to find the best BBQ sauce at the store that's tasty without going overboard on the sweet
A completely unsweetened barbecue sauce won't taste right—you need some sugar to balance the tang. But when we surveyed 50
different sauces, nearly half had some form of sugar as their first ingredient and delivered as many as 16 grams of sugar per
serving. Look for ones that list tomato or vinegar as its first ingredient. And skip sweeteners like corn syrup or sugar that
only add sweetness, without flavor. Instead go for those that add great taste too like maple syrup, honey or brown sugar.
But just because sugar isn't first on the list doesn't mean you're totally in the clear. Ingredients are ordered by how much
is used, so sometimes food manufacturers keep sugar out of the top spot by using smaller quantities of multiple sweeteners,
so remember to check the total sugar on the Nutrition Facts.
As you scan the ingredients, you might also notice some odd-sounding additives, but don't fret, most are pretty
benign—thickeners (including xanthan gum and guar gum) and potassium sorbate (a preservative). Others like caramel color may
be more questionable, but they're used in such small quantities that they shouldn't impact health.
We tasted BBQ sauces from 4 different flavor categories. These stood out as the best for both taste and nutrition.
Original: Stubb's Original
Sweet: Annie's Smoky Maple
Vinegary: Guy Fieri Carolina #6
Spicy: Dinosaur Wango Tango
Most Unique: The Shed Spicy Mustard
Numbers to Look For
Amount Per Serving