Homemade BBQ Sauce

Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe created by DaVita patient Jean and submitted by DaVita dietitian Sue from Washington.

Portions: 16

Serving size: 2 tablespoons


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sweet onion
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco® hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet® browning and seasoning sauce
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Grate onion and mince garlic clove.
  2. Heat all ingredients over low heat until butter is melted and onion and garlic are soft cooked.
  3. Sauce is ready to use immediately, or store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  55
  • Protein  0 g
  • Carbohydrates  7 g
  • Fat  3 g
  • Cholesterol  3 mg
  • Sodium  51 mg
  • Potassium  32 mg
  • Phosphorus  5 mg
  • Calcium  5 mg
  • Fiber  0.2 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1/2 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • For thicker sauce add 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour or 1 teaspoon rice flour during cooking.
  • Commercially prepared BBQ sauce averages 350 mg sodium for a 2 tablespoon serving. This recipe contains only 51 mg sodium including 1/4 teaspoon of salt. If you omit the salt sodium content is only 18 mg per serving.

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Homemade BBQ Sauce

Can I have spare ribs with this? Dietitian comment: Yes. Try a DaVita recipe for Easy Oven Baked Ribs, Braised Short Ribs of Beef or Bob's Oven Baked Pork Ribs.

Jul. 04, 2014, 2:39 PM - Inappropriate review?
Homemade BBQ Sauce

Can you clarify the serving size? 2 what? Haven't tried it yet so really can't rate now. Dietitian comment: The measure is 2 tablespoons per serving. Thanks you!

Jun. 25, 2014, 5:51 PM - Inappropriate review?

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