Is James River BBQ Sauce Gluten Free?

James River BBQ Sauce is a high quality barbecue sauce from Smithfield, the people behind the amazing hams! They describe their bbq as: ‘Add a zesty kick to your pork with our legendary southern style barbecue sauce. Made from a secret family recipe that’s been unchanged since the 1950s.’

Let’s find out if this bbq sauce from Smithfield is free from wheat/gluten ingredients.

Is James River BBQ Sauce Gluten Free?



Unfortunately, there is no labeling on this product or information from Smithfield to confirm whether or not the bbq sauce is gluten free. According to one question/answer on Amazon:

‘It contains distilled vinegar, the label does not say Gluten free and most distilled vinegars contain gluten. I would steer clear if you have a gluten intolerance.’ (Source)

Because of this and other ingredients, like maltodextrin, that may contain gluten, we cannot confirm this product to be gluten free. We recommend finding an alternative if you have a gluten allergy/intolerance or Celiac Disease, as this product could pose a risk for gluten.


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Photo: Smithfield Marketplace website


James River BBQ Sauce Ingredients

Water, Sugar, Tomato Paste, Vinegar, Spice Blend (Salt, Spices, Dextrose, Paprika, Citric Acid, Molasses Powder (with Maltodextrin), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sugar, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Yeast Extract (with Sunflower Oil), Spice Extractives, Caramel Color (Sulfites), Natural Smoke Flavor (Maltodextrin, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor, Silicon Dioxide), Polysorbate 80, Tamarind Extract, and not more than 2% Silicon Dioxide and Soybean Oil added to prevent caking). Modified Corn Starch, Salt, Soybean Oil, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate (as preservatives) and Carmel Color.

CONTAINS: Soy Protein and less than 2% Sulfites


James River BBQ Sauce Nutritional Facts

Serv. Size: 2 Tbsp(30g), Servings per container 17, Amount Per Serving: Calories 30, Fat Cal. 5, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Sat. Fat 0g (0% DV) Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 430mg (18% DV), Total Carb. 4g (1% DV), Dietary Fiber 0g (1%DV), Sugars 3g, Protein 0g, Vitamin A (2% DV), Vitamin C (0% DV), Calcium (0% DV), Iron (0% DV).

Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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