White sauce for barbecuing



Nancy Johnson of Springdale, Ark., was looking for a lost recipe for a white barbecue sauce. Barbara Diggs of Newcastle, Wyo., sent in a version she enjoys for a white barbecue sauce from a collection of annual recipes from Southern Living magazine.

I tested this recipe on chicken pieces, which I marinated in the sauce for about an hour then precooked slightly in the microwave before finishing them on the grill. I basted the chicken pieces with the sauce as they grilled.

The result was a moist and flavorful chicken with a slightly piquant taste. Diggs' recipe suggests reserving some of the sauce to serve as a condiment with the finished chicken. I think this sauce also would work quite well for fish.


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The nutrition analyses accompanying recipes in today's Taste section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.

White Barbecue Sauce

Makes 2 1/2 cups

1 1/2 cups reduced-calorie mayonnaise

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup white-wine vinegar

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; stir with a wire whisk to blend thoroughly. Divide the sauce into separate containers for marinating (if desired), basting and for serving at the table as a condiment. Refrigerate any leftover table sauce; discard remaining marinade and basting sauce.

Per serving (1 tablespoon): 24 calories, trace protein, 2 grams fat, trace saturated fat, 2 grams carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 milligrams cholesterol, 53 milligrams sodium

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