One healthy BBQ rib sauce recipe cuts calories by using I cup of Diet Dr. Pepper for the main flavor. You will also need 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 3/4 cup ketchup, 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon liquid smoke.
Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan as well as some salt and pepper to taste. Bring to boil over a medium heat. After it boils, bring the mixture to a gentle simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Taste for seasoning, and add more salt, pepper, lemon juice or ketchup as needed. For an extra kick, add a few tablespoons of hot sauce. The sauce serves 12 and has 33 calories per serving.