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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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      Alejandra 4 years ago

      I couldn't agree with you more. I argue with my wife over this time and time again. I find that her fat free kicks that she gets our falmiy on leaves us looking elsewhere.What we have been doing more of lately is preparing our foods in such a way that has less fat, avoiding the red meats where possible and basically cooking more fish. Seeing how we live on the ocean, we're taking advantage of what is around us.That plus a very healthy exercise program has got us living a much healthier life!

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      rwelton 6 years ago from Sacramento CA

      Habee - I love the concept of zero calorie sauce on a nice pork roast...this would cancel each other out...right...ha. however, it does sound great and as I like to make all my sauces from scratch...a good recipe to try.


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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, HH! Thanks mucho for reading!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      That sounds great and definitely a must try. Thank you for sharing.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Hammer! Great to hear from you!

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      Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Habee - Great Recipe I'm going to add a link to it when I do my diet tips in a couple days. Great Info.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Alaska, those aren't my claims. They're the "claims" listed on the nutrition labels of the Walden Farms and Ideal Brown products. Check out the labels for yourself on Amazon!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      You're right, Jenu - it does!

      Many thanks, Cardisa!

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      writinginalaska 6 years ago from southeast Alaska

      i am not sure i believe your claim it has zero calories. only unflavored water has zero calories. it has food in it, low calorie maybe, but zero calorie doubtful. does sound good tho, interesting Hub

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Looks absolutely delicious!

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      That's a new one, zero carb bbq sauce, you are on a gold mine. Basting some baby back ribs, i bet the sauce actually compliments the rich fatty meat.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, thranax! Nice to see you here!

      Leah, like your dad, I use a lot of low carb recipes, too. I'm always experimenting with them and coming up with new ones.

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      Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      Wow - zero calorie BBQ sauce! My dad is on a low carb diet, so I'll have to pass this along to him.

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      Andrew 6 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      Sounds yummy. I will have to try to make it sometime and see how it works out!


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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Kitty, I've never tried it as a marinade. Hmmm...I might just give it a shot!

      Thanks, Rachelle! It's surprisingly good to be a no calorie food!

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      Rachelle Williams 6 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      Apple BBQ sauce sounds sweet and tasty. Thanks for sharing :)

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      TattooKitty 6 years ago from Hawaii

      I bet this would make a great marinade for chicken!! Thanks for the great hub...I definitely need to start making some low-cal/carb food!!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Same here! This BBQ sauce is definitely worth making, especially if you're into low carb recipes. I use it quite often. Thanks for reading!

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      That's pretty amazing that there is anything worth eating that has zero calories. Usually everything I like to eat is loaded with all the bad stuff! Very interesting!