I work at a childcare food program and we are always trying to make more things from scratch. We're trying to find a BBQ sauce recipe were we can control the sugar content easily. To this end we are looking for one with no ketchup. We've tried a few things that are good but not great sucess. We can get very hig quality local maple syrup so I'd rather use that that white or borwn sugar, but a mix is ok.
With you kids they cannot handle too spicey to too vinegary so something sweet and tangy is the goal.