Healthy Barbecue Sauce Recipes

Find healthy, delicious barbecue sauce recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Rating: 5 stars 1
We gave classic barbecue chicken pizza a healthy twist with hidden shredded zucchini in the sauce. It's a great way to sneak extra veggies into both you and your children's diet!

Barbecue Pork Chops

The quick, super-easy barbecue sauce in this recipe would be great on roasted chicken as well. Serve with your favorite slaw and a cold lager.

Grilled Tofu with Korean BBQ Glaze & Stir-Fried Napa Cabbage

In this vegetarian grilling recipe, the hot grill gives tofu smokiness and some crispy edges. A BBQ sauce made with gochujang, the hot Korean chile paste, doubles as both a glaze and some sauce to slather on the tofu at the table. Serve with brown rice or farro.

Filet Mignon with Blueberry-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Rating: 4.33 stars 1
Blueberries, loaded with antioxidants, have a balance of sweet and sour, which makes them an excellent base for a rich, tangy barbecue sauce. Fresh thyme rubbed on the steak dovetails wonderfully with the blueberries. Serve with fresh tomato wedges.

Vidalia Onion BBQ Sauce

Use this sweet and tangy healthy BBQ sauce recipe to make pulled pork or slather it on chicken or even on a burger instead of plain old ketchup.

Barbecue Glazed Turkey

Grilling tonight? Don't limit yourself to burgers and dogs--try this easy and quick barbecue turkey tenderloin recipe. Serve it with steamed green beans or broccoli spears. Any turkey leftovers are great for sandwiches, so consider doubling this recipe for a tasty lunch!

Pork Chops with Peach Barbecue Sauce

Rating: 4.83 stars 2
The tangy peach barbecue sauce that glazes these pork chops is incredible on grilled chicken or salmon as well. Bone-in pork chops (as opposed to boneless) are less likely to dry out. Just make sure to trim away as much fat as possible for healthier results.

Bourbon Chicken Skewers

The deliciously thick, barbeque-based sauce on these chicken and zucchini skewers is flavored with bourbon and soy. Ready in just 35 minutes, this southern-inspired recipe is perfect served with brown rice and a side salad.

Grilled Chicken with Cherry-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Rating: 4.8 stars 1
Chopped cherries combine with cherry preserves and smoky, hot chipotle peppers for an unusual marinade and sauce for grilled chicken. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

Ancho Pepper-Cherry Sauce

This tangy, sweet-and-spicy take on barbecue sauce has a nice balance of vinegar, sweetness from the cherries and spice from the chili powder. Try it with pork tenderloin or steak.

All-American BBQ Sauce

In this easy, homemade barbecue sauce, beer balances the sweetness of molasses while hot sauce provides heat. Brush on grilled chicken, tofu or shrimp during the last 5 to 10 minutes on the grill or use as a dipping sauce.

Meatballs with Honey-Mango Barbecue Sauce

This honey-mango barbecue sauce is a perfect sweet topping for meatballs. The touch of cinnamon and dash of cayenne pepper add just the right amount of spice.
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Inspiration and Ideas

A Dozen Ways to Use a Bottle Of BBQ Sauce
BBQ sauce is great for grilling, but there is more than one way to use this sweet and tangy condiment. From barbecue chicken to quesadillas, BBQ sauce is the quickest way to perk up your meal. Try it in these delicious BBQ sauce recipes.
Barbecue Chicken & Chard Quesadillas
Rating: Unrated 4
Dark leafy greens give this healthy chicken quesadilla recipe a vitamin K boost. We also boosted the flavor in regular barbecue sauce. Serve with guacamole, sour cream, shredded lettuce and/or salsa, if desired.

Basic Barbecue Sauce

Rating: 2.33 stars
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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.