Basic Barbecue Sauce

3 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine July/August 1994

Bottled barbecue sauces are often loaded with sodium and high-fructose corn syrup. In ours, strong coffee balances the sweetness of molasses and orange juice while the chiles and hot sauce provide subtle heat.

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  • 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 jalapeño or serrano chiles, pierced all over with a fork
  • Hot sauce, to taste

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  1. Combine coffee, ketchup, molasses, orange juice, vinegar, Worcestershire, mustard and chiles in a medium heavy saucepan; bring to a simmer, stirring. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool and discard the chiles. Add hot sauce to taste.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 tablespoon
  • Per serving: 17 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 0 g fiber; 4 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 1 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 47 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 7 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 88 mg sodium; 70 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: Free Food

Reviews 3

April 02, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Ketchup & Worcestershire sauce both have a fair amount of Sodium in them! Ketchup & Worcestershire sauce both have a fair amount of Sodium in them and this came up under a google search for Sodium Free Barbecue Sauce.
October 27, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Ketchup & Worcestershire sauce both have high fructose corn syrup. So you're defeating the purpose of a "healthy" sauce.
July 13, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I think you should have given the definition of the strongly brewed coffee! I used 3 tbsp per 3/4 of instant coffee (which is about 3x of the normal doze, worked great for me in a banana-coffee bread), and I had to increase, and increase, adn increase the recipe to get rid of at least some bitterness by adding water and tomato paste! It was not fun, and the sauce was still bitter even with dilution. Not all of us are coffee drinkers who instinctevly know what 'strong coffee' is!