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4th of July Barbecue – Low Sugar BBQ Sauce Recipe

low sugar barbecue sauce

4th of July is right around the corner, and with that come barbecues!  But why add more sugar to your sauces, you’re sweet enough already.  And with all of the day drinks (adult or otherwise) that are full of sugar, don’t add even more to your meal.  This barbecue sauce is lower in sugar but packs a flavor punch.  You won’t even miss the added sugar on ribs, burgers, grilled veggies, and chicken.


· 1 bottle Raspberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE
· 1 white onion, chopped
· 4 cloves garlic, minced
· 2 fresh jalapeños, minced
· 3 tablespoons olive oil
· ½ cup ketchup
· 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
· One 6 oz. can of tomato paste
· ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
· 2 tablespoons Liquid Smoke
· 3 tablespoons scotch, whiskey, or bourbon (optional)


Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan and add the onion, garlic, and jalapeño. Lightly sauté on a low flame for 5 minutes.
Add the tomato paste, ketchup, and mustard to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring continuously.
Pour 1 bottle Raspberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE to the saucepan and stir until all ingredients are combined.
Add balsamic vinegar and liquid smoke. Simmer for 25 minutes.
Push sauce through a fine mesh strainer.
Optional: Before you strain the sauce, mix in 3 tablespoons of your favorite scotch, whiskey, or bourbon.


You can spread this barbecue sauce on before or after grilling up your favorites on the 4th of July.  I like a good grilled chicken, or even pineapple, or green onions.  It must be a Southern California thing.  Or maybe just a me thing.  But try the grilled onions, or the pineapple.  Those are pretty tasty.

You can also have the Sparkling ICE in place of punch, sugar sodas, or use them instead of heavy mixers for cocktails.

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  1. Great recipe I will be trying this out, always looking for low sugar sauce recipes.

  2. What a great recipe, we all could use a little less sugar

  3. this looks delicious, I will have to try it this year.

  4. I’ve got to try this recipe out during the 4th of July, it’s coming soon!

  5. Sounds like it would taste delicious, I like how it’s low in sugar!

    • Yes, me too! have been on a big diet this past month or so. So bored of veggie soup, salad and tuna :(

      • Oh, and I forgot to say omeletes. Bring on the BBQ food. Nom nom nom.

  6. What a great alternative. I’ll have to try this.

  7. I think I am going to make this this weekend for our family gathering.

  8. I LOVE how this goes with everything from ribs to chicken. Good stuff, Cari!