My Low Carb Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce is a total game-changer if you are following a keto or low carb lifestyle. It’s full of tangy, delicious barbecue flavor without all the carbs plus the ingredients are simple, and it’s easy to make.
Low Carb Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce
I think I have missed homemade BBQ more than I realized. Growing up, my parents made homemade BBQ sauce all the time. I can even remember my Daddy standing over a hot pot of BBQ sauce, tasting it by the spoonful until it was just right. I’m pretty sure BBQ sauce was a food group all it’s own in my family since we ate it so often.
Although I have found store-bought sugar-free bbq sauce that tasted okay, nothing compares to homemade. A while back, I started experimenting with my family’s BBQ Sauce recipe as I knew there had to be a way to make a low carb sugar free BBQ sauce version. It was a bit little tricky since BBQ is very sweet and is usually made with quite a bit of ketchup and brown, which I avoid due to the high carb count. Instead, I used regular tomato sauce then sweetened the low carb BBQ sauce with MonkFruit Golden Sweetener (a sugar-free brown sugar substitute). I can’t believe how much it tastes, just like my family’s homemade sauce! I feel like my entire Keto world changed today for the better.
Will BBQ Sauce Kick You Out of Ketosis?
Regular BBQ sauce generally has approx 15 carbs in two tablespoons. It wouldn’t take much to go over your daily carb allowance. Since it is made with pure sugar, it would likely kick you out of ketosis that is why I made this fantastic sugar-free bbq sauce keto-friendly.
Specialty Ingredients Used in this Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce Keto Friendly Recipe:
As I had mentioned before, regular BBQ Sauce is loaded with sugar. When making a keto-friendly version, an excellent sugar-free substitute is an essential ingredient. In creating this recipe, I found that Lakanto Monkfruit Golden Sweetener yielded the best results. It is a fabulous substitute for brown sugar that works perfectly in keto recipes. An alternative sweetener is Swerve Brown. Lakanto Monkfruit Golden and Swerve Brown measure the same and are interchangeable.
You’ll find the canned tomato sauce in the canned food aisle at your local grocery store. It is usually stocked with all of the other varieties of canned tomatoes such as diced, whole, tomato paste, etc.
Using a whisk make sure to mix the tomato sauce and mustard thoroughly before adding the rest of the ingredients as it makes the low carb sugar free bbq sauce smoother.
Dump the rest of the ingredients in the pot and give it a stir. Don’t be afraid of spices. Spices can add so much depth and flavor to recipes. Together with the water, vinegar, and Monkfruit Golden, they blend to create a rich bold and tangy sugar-free BBQ sauce that is perfect for a low carb diet.
Variations to this Recipe:
While I used regular white vinegar in this recipe, you could substitute with apple cider vinegar. Additional ingredients that can be added to this great recipe for sugar-free bbq sauce include liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, and chopped onions. I’ve been asked if this recipe could be made in the slow cooker, but I don’t think it would work as sauces don’t typically cook down and reduce in a slow cooker.
As you simmer the sauce, it begins to reduce and thicken. All of the flavors infuse together, which makes it incredibly bold and tangy. With only one net carb per serving, you’ll want to keep a batch of this keto bbq sauce recipe handy in the fridge at all times.
Is this BBQ Sauce Gluten-Free?
All of the ingredients used to make this sugar-free bbq sauce were gluten-free. Although, I would suggest checking the labels on the brands you use. If you are wondering Braggs Aminos, a healthier version of soy sauce is naturally gluten-free, and it does not contain wheat, additives, or preservatives.
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How to Make Homemade Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce
Low Carb Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce
- Mix tomato sauce and yellow mustard with a whisk until thoroughly combined in a saucepan.
- Add all other ingredients and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and allow the bbq sauce to cook down until it begins to thicken and all of the flavors are thoroughly combined (approx 20-30 minutes).
Making this delicious low carb bbq sauce is a great way to add flavor without all the guilt. Your favorite grilled foods will come to life this year when you this amazingly tasty bbq sauce.
This Sugar-Free Low Carb BBQ Sauce is Keto, and it tastes incredible!