#FoodLabelFriday: BBQ Sauce

I love barbecue sauce! One of my favorite quick meals is to throw boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the crock-pot with some BBQ sauce to make a super easy pulled BBQ chicken. I try to keep a jar of BBQ sauce on hand a jar for the days that I’m relying on convenience and don’t have a time to whip up homemade BBQ sauce.

For this #FoodLabelFriday I will be comparing Sweet Baby Ray’s Original Barbecue Sauce to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Sensuous Slathering Sauce.


The length of the ingredients list are comparable. Dinosaur’s has 15 compared to Sweet Baby Ray’s 16. The main difference is in the type and quality of ingredients used. In Sweet Baby Ray’s the first ingredient is high fructose corn syrup. Who wants that to make up the bulk of their BBQ sauce? Definitely not me!  I want the first ingredient to be tomatoes in my BBQ sauce. In addition to high fructose corn syrup, there are 4 other sweeteners in Sweet Baby Ray’s- pineapple juice concentrate, molasses, corn syrup and sugar. The 3 sweeteners in Dinosaur’s are sugar, brown sugar and molasses, which are much better choices when it comes to added sugars.

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If you haven’t guessed it yet… the BBQ sauce that I choose is Dinosaur’s Bar-B-Que Sensuous Slathering Sauce. The ingredients are much closer to being natural and I like that there are no preservatives. When I read Dinosaur’s ingredients list I actually understand why all the ingredients are used (and I can pronounce them all!).


Getting past the ingredients, there is also a big difference when it comes to the nutrition facts. There are 42 more calories, an additional 10 grams of sugar and 113 extra milligrams of sodium in Sweet Baby Ray’s. It’s no mystery which is the better choice. Dinosaur’s Bar-B-Que wins! The nutrition facts are more attractive and it has much better ingredients.

Do you have a favorite barbecue sauce?  

If so, how does it’s ingredients list and nutrition facts compare?!


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Gina Consalvo-Hassick, MA, RD, LDN, CDCES, NCC is a registered dietitian and is actively involved in various food and nutrition communities. She has counseled and assessed a wide range of patients and has experience in outpatient, inpatient, and consulting. Areas of specialization include weight management, eating disorders, and wellness nutrition.
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