Zesty Barbeque Sauce

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

Recipe from "Kidney Kooking" cookbook from the National Kidney Foundation of Georgia. Submitted by DaVita dietitian Beverly from Georgia.

Portions: 40

Serving size: 1 tablespoon


    • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
    • 1/4 cup tarragon vinegar
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1 tablespoon black pepper
    • 1 cup ketchup
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1/4 cup onion
    • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco® sauce
    • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
    • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
    • 1/4 teaspoon onion power
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
    • 1/4 cup ginger ale
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke®
    • 2 teaspoons all-purpose white flour
    • 1 tablespoon canola oil


  1. Finely chop onion.
  2. Combine vinegars, water, black pepper, ketchup, chili powder, onion and Tabasco sauce.
  3. Add seasonings: poultry seasoning, dry mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, ginger, ginger ale and lemon juice.
  4. Add brown sugar and Liquid Smoke.
  5. In a separate container, mix flour and oil to make a paste until all lumps of flour have disappeared. Add paste to sauce.
  6. Cook for 15 minutes on low heat.
  7. Pour or brush on baked or grilled meats.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  13
  • Protein  0 g
  • Carbohydrates  3 g
  • Fat  0 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  68 mg
  • Potassium  32 mg
  • Phosphorus  3 mg
  • Calcium  3 mg
  • Fiber  0.1 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 0

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Use on hamburgers, beef or pork ribs, chicken, pork chops, short ribs and steaks.

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Zesty Barbeque Sauce
liver2012 says:

Moderator: what could be used in place of the red wine vinegar? My husband is post liver transplant. Dietitian comment: You can use white distilled vinegar or increase the tarragon vinegar to 1/2 cup.

Nov. 17, 2013, 11:57 AM - Inappropriate review?
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Stanwat says:

On dialysis for 3 months. A challenging chapter in my life. This is tremendous site with all the recipes. Wish each category was available in book form. For this BBQ recipe can honey be substituted instead of brown sugar. On contents I would give it a 4.Moderator comment: Yes honey instead of brown sugar is fine for a kidney diet.

Aug. 18, 2012, 12:30 AM - Inappropriate review?
Zesty Barbeque Sauce

This is an awesome sauce. My whole family loves it. I use it for a lot of different things. It will last a long time in the fridge. But when I make it in large batches I freeze part of it. Enjoy!!!

Jul. 13, 2012, 7:31 AM - Inappropriate review?
Zesty Barbeque Sauce
MGD2Lite says:

JUST made this...it's AWESOME...a little more spicy than I like...may cut back to 1/2 Tbs on the Black Pepper or omit the Tabasco next time, but LOADS of Flavor! Grilling Chicken tonight...can't WAIT!

Mar. 06, 2012, 2:16 PM - Inappropriate review?
Zesty Barbeque Sauce

Sounds yummy - but any idea how long this will keep in refrigerator?

Jan. 04, 2012, 11:52 AM - Inappropriate review?
Zesty Barbeque Sauce

This is an awesome sauce! Made it twice so far; my wife and I both love it! It's good as it is, but also easy to play with the ingredients for taste. It's not a big deal if you don't have one or two things, it's still going to turn out!

May. 30, 2011, 12:06 PM - Inappropriate review?
Zesty Barbeque Sauce
laura says:

Used this with grilled pork ribs. We loved it. I'm stage 4. This site makes my life easier.

Jun. 19, 2009, 6:59 AM - Inappropriate review?
Zesty Barbeque Sauce

This is a very good site for people that are just starting dialysis, it gives tips to cook food creatively and with taste.

May. 20, 2009, 4:29 PM - Inappropriate review?

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