Chili BBq Sauce

Recipe by Mandy Pagano

Recipe originally published on on 3/10/19. It has been lightly edited for re-publication.


My kids really like BBQ sauce. Even my picky son. It's one of the few sauces I can put on his plate that he will not only eat, but he will use to help him get down stuff he's not as fond of.

This recipe is a variation on BBQ sauce. It's a bit different than the traditional stuff, which is kind of shiny and sticky and sweet. This sauce is more of a delightful cross between BBQ and chili sauce, and it's got a nice bit of zip to it. I've used it to make meatballs, to top burgers and ribs, and as the sauce part in a meatloaf (that recipe is coming soon, folks). Think of it as BBQ with a little bit of a Tex-Mex flare.

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Chili BBq Sauce

  •  Author: Mandy Pagano
  •  Prep Time: 2 minutes
  •  Cook Time: 10 minutes
  •  Total Time: 12 minutes
  •  Yield: approx. 1 1/2 c
  •  Method: Simmered
  •  Cuisine: American
  •  Keywords: barbecue, bbq, bbq-sauce, easy, quick, sauces


  • 1 small can (8 oz/ 227 g) tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 c (4 fl oz/ 118 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. granulated "brown" sweetener (I used Lakanto Golden, but Swerve Brown would be fine)
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp Seasoned Salt
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin


  1. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
  2. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let stand to cool.
  4. Once cool, store in a large mason jar in the fridge.


  • Serving Size: 1 tbsp
  • Calories: 5.8 cal
  • Fat: 0.07 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.1 g
    • Fiber: 0.28 g
    • Sugar Alcohols: 1.82 g
    • Net Carbs [total carbs - (fiber + sugar alcohol)] : 0.74 g
  • Protein: 0.24 g

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