Maple Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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"Unlike many barbecue sauces, this recipe doesn't use ketchup, which typically contains sugar," says Debbie Purdue of Westland, Michigan. "The savory sauce, made with sugar-free maple-flavored syrup, gives unbelievable flavor to pork, chicken and spareribs. You won't miss the sugar at all.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:14 servings
Healthy Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free maple-flavored syrup

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1/4 cup) equals 23 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 185 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first 12 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until the onion is tender. Stir in the syrup; cook until heated through. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Stir before using. Yield: 3-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Maple Barbecue Sauce in Light & Tasty December/January 2005, p22

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