3-Ingredient Barbecue Sauce - No Recipe Required

Potato topped with ground beef mixed with barbecue sauce

Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, Extension Educator in Lancaster County 

What if you could make a quick, tasty barbecue sauce with 3 basic ingredients ... AND it would be lower in sodium than regular barbecue sauce recipes or purchased barbecue sauce. Here's all you need ...


  • No salt added ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Brown sugar

For 1 cup barbecue sauce: Mix together 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) ketchup, 2 tablespoons mustard and 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Double or halve these ingredients for more or less sauce. 

Alice's Tips: 

  1. I added 1 cup of the mixture (the amount described above) to 1 pound of browned ground beef for the baked potato shown in the photo. This combination served 4 people.
  2. Reduce the sodium further by this substitution: 1 tablespoon prepared mustard = 1 teaspoon dry mustard + 2 teaspoons of vinegar (white wine vinegar works well)