Texas-Style Barbecue Sauce (Diabetic)

Texas-Style Barbecue Sauce (Diabetic)

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  • Total: 17 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 7 mins
  • Yield: about 1 cup (16 servings)

We can't guarantee that this recipe is right for all restrictive diets, however, this recipe is quite low in sugar. Try this sauce on chicken breasts, pork tenderloin, or heartier fish like salmon.


  • 1/4 cup/60 mL tomato paste
  • 1 cup/240 mL no sugar ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL pure agave syrup (omit if on a strict diabetic diet)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon/10 mL onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL salt
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon/5 mL liquid smoke
  • Dash cayenne pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. In a medium sauce pan, combine ingredients in order listed over medium heat.

  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or so.  

  3. Once cooked through, remove from heat and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes before using.

  4. Serve over grilled chicken, beef, pork, fish  or frankfurters.


  • The recipe can be doubled or tripled according to need. Store sauce in air tight plastic container in fridge for up to 7 days after preparation.
  • Use 1/2 cup no sugar added applesauce for a more fruit based barbecue sauce. 

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