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 sugar, which I avoid due to the high carb count. In this recipe, I used regular tomato sauce then sweetened the low carb BBQ sauce with MonkFruit Golden Sweetener (a sugar-free brown sugar substitute). It tastes just like my family’s homemade sauce.
If you are making something with BBQ, you need to serve it alongside this easy keto coleslaw!
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 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 sugar-free 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.
Step One: Use a whisk and stir vigorously to make sure the tomato sauce and mustard are thoroughly combined before adding the rest of the ingredients to ensure that the sauce is smooth.
Tip: 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.
Step 2: Dump the rest of the ingredients in the pot and give it a stir. Don’t be afraid of spices. Spices like chili powder and garlic powder can add 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, smoked paprika, and chopped onions.
Can I Make This Recipe in a Slow Cooker?
I don’t think it would work as sauces don’t typically cook down and reduce in a slow cooker. You need to boil the sauce down without a lid on for it to thicken properly.
How to Thicken Keto BBQ Sauce
Step 3: As you simmer the sauce, it will begin 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 are gluten-free. Although, I would suggest checking the labels on the brands you use.
Braggs Aminos is a healthier version of soy sauce is naturally gluten-free, and it does not contain wheat, additives, or preservatives.
More Keto Recipes that use Low Carb BBQ Sauce
- Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings
- Smoked Sausage & Cabbage
- BBQ Meatloaf
- Pulled Pork
- BBQ Chicken with Bacon & Cheese
- Grilled Pork Chops
- Crockpot Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce
How to Make Homemade Keto and Low Carb 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).