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Zero Calorie Foods: Apple BBQ Sauce Recipe

Updated on September 26, 2011

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Looking for low carb recipes? I’ve come up with something even better – a no-calorie recipe for homemade barbecue sauce. Did you get that? This is one of those rare zero calorie foods. The recipe has no calories per serving. Zero calories, zero fat, and zero carbs. There are five calories provided by the Worcestershire sauce, but that’s for the whole batch of sauce. What’s my secret to low carb recipes for many of the sauces and dressings that I make? The secret is products from Walden Farms. In this recipe, I used their ketchup and their apple butter. By itself, the ketchup is pretty good after you “doctor it up” some. I usually add some garlic, some onion, some Splenda, and a little hot sauce. It’s really not much trouble to do this, and I’m getting a zero calorie ketchup in the bargain. I eat a lot of ketchup!

I’m not as keen on the apple butter – at least, not by itself. I have found, however, that it gives a nice apple flavor to foods, especially to sauces and glazes. And like the Walden Farms ketchup, it does so without providing any calories. The apple butter is more like a jelly than a true fruit butter, so when you use it in a sauce, it’s lumpy unless you run it through the blender or the food processor.

Is this homemade BBQ sauce as good as a commercial sauce like Bull’s Eye or Sweet Baby Ray’s? No, it’s not. But for a zero calorie food, it’s pretty darn good! I use this sauce on chicken, pork chops, and pork ribs. As a matter of fact, I just made some BBQ ribs with this sauce. I even use it as a condiment on burgers and hot dogs, and I like it with grilled beef steak, too.

To be perfectly honest with you, I can’t tell you how this barbecue sauce holds up in the fridge. I’ve actually never had any of it left over after slathering it on meats and poultry.

My no calorie BBQ sauce on pork ribs.
My no calorie BBQ sauce on pork ribs.

No Carb – No Calorie BBQ Sauce recipe


½ cup Walden Farms ketchup

1/3 cup Ideal Brown brown sugar substitute

¼ cup Walden Farms apple butter

2 ½ tablespoons prepared yellow mustard

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice

1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke

1 teaspoon Lawry’s garlic salt

½ teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

Hot sauce, to taste

Directions: Combine all ingredients and pour into a blender. Blend until liquefied.


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