Sweet ‘N’ Tangy Barbecue Sauce
Jalapeno pepper, cayenne and chili powder lend a bit of bite to this low-sodium sauce from our Test kitchen home economists. Try it on pork, chicken, beef ribs and more.
Total TimePrep: 5 min. Cook: 35 min.
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
- In a saucepan, cook onion and jalapeno in oil over medium heat until tender and lightly browned. Add the next 13 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from the heat. Stir in liquid smoke if desired. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Editor's NoteWear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts2 tablespoons: 56 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 126mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.
Originally published as Sweet 'N' Tangy Barbecue Sauce in Light & Tasty June/July 2003