EatingWell Taste Test: Barbecue Sauce

By EatingWell Editors, "Slather on the Sauce," July/August 2007

Find your way down a crowded aisle to a healthier barbecue sauce.

"I used to love Sweet Baby Rays but the first ingredient is HFCS. I found Weber real molasses bbq sauce and it's really good. It has all natural ingredients with only 230 mg of sodium, 8 gr of carbs and 6 gr of sugar. I am going to try...

It’s probably a safe bet to say that most homes have a bottle or three of barbecue sauce in the refrigerator. What easier dish is there in the summer than barbecued chicken? Simply slather on some sauce, head out to the grill and dinner is served.

But have you ever looked at a barbecue sauce label? Most brands list high fructose corn syrup as the first ingredient and contain tons of sodium. Our guidelines for this test were simple: no high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors in the ingredient list, less than 300 milligrams of sodium and 12 grams or less carbohydrate per serving. The worst offender I found on our local supermarket shelves had 540 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, two types of sugar and artificial colors. Luckily we found several healthier options.

EatingWell staff tasters: Carolyn Casner, Stacy Fraser, Hilary Meyer, Carolyn Malcoun, Jessie Price
Analysis per 2-tablespoon serving

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