This sweet and smoky Low Carb BBQ Sauce recipe has just the right amount of heat. Perfect for ribs, pulled pork, chicken, or anywhere you love barbecue!
When you live in the south, barbecue is kind of a big deal. North Carolina (my current home state) is known for its spicy, vinegar-based BBQ sauces.
But I’ve got a confession. Hopefully they don’t revoke my NC state citizenship card… Vinegar-based barbecue sauce is not my favorite. I grew up loving thick, sweet and smoky BBQ sauces, and changing my residence has NOT changed my taste buds!
None of this was much of a problem until I stopped eating refined sugar. The selection of BBQ sauces in our grocery stores is epic! But if you want a low carb BBQ sauce that isn’t loaded with artificial sweeteners, you’re gonna pay an arm and a leg for it.
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Why Make Your Own Low Carb BBQ Sauce?
It’s so economical and easy to make your own low carb BBQ sauce! This recipe makes 2 cups (16 ounces) of sauce, which is plenty to use when you’re grilling your favorite meat, and still have some left over for dipping or to top your burgers another day.
When you make your own keto barbecue sauce, you can also use your favorite low carb sweetener. Some people’s digestive systems are bothered by different sugar alcohols, so fortunately there are many low carb sweetener options!
Another perk to making your own low carb barbecue sauce is you can tweak the seasonings. Like your sauce a little hotter? Add in some cayenne. Sweeter (or less sweet)? Adjust how much sweetener you use.
And my number one reason to make my own Low Carb BBQ Sauce? I’m cheap. You could buy this one for $11/16 oz. bottle.
Or you can make this recipe for $3.65! That’s just 23 cents/serving.
And I calculated that using name brand ingredients. It would be even less if you choose store brand!
Ingredients in Low Carb BBQ Sauce
What are the ingredients to make my Low Carb BBQ Sauce recipe?
- Tomato Sauce
- Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener
- Blackstrap Molasses (optional)
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Smoked Paprika
- Dark Chili Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Liquid Smoke
- Apple Cider Vinegar
What makes my keto barbecue sauce recipe unique?
Some followers of a keto diet refuse to use Blackstrap Molasses, but you use such a small amount in this recipe, it only adds .13 carbs per serving. However, blackstrap molasses has a much stronger flavor than regular molasses. As such, it gives this BBQ sauce that classic “brown sugar” sweetened flavor. It can be omitted if you choose.
When I was growing up, there was only one kind of paprika. It was bright red. And we used it exclusively to sprinkle on top of deviled eggs. Smoked Paprika is a completely different ingredient! It adds such a rich, complex, smoky flavor. And it’s deep red color helps give the low carb barbecue sauce a darker color.
Ways to Enjoy Your Low Carb BBQ Sauce
Now that you have a delicious keto BBQ sauce recipe, you can start putting this stuff on everything! Be sure to store it in an airtight container in your refrigerator. It lasts for up to a month.
I love to brush it on the last few minutes when I’m grilling meat. It’s delicious on top of a classic meatloaf. Add some to shredded chicken or pork for a delicious meal. Use it to dip air-fried cauliflower or okra. Or as a topping on your burger!
You can easily double or halve this recipe. One of my family’s favorite recipes that uses a half batch of this recipe is KETO FARMHOUSE BBQ CUPS.
Recently, I used my Low Carb BBQ Sauce to make this copycat version of Chick-Fil-A’s famous sauce. My girls (who are Chick-Fil-A connoisseurs) declared it tasted almost exactly the same!
Tips for Making My Sweet & Smoky Low Carb BBQ Sauce Recipe
It’s so easy to make your very own batch of Low Carb Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce! Simply add all the ingredients to a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until it begins to boil. Then lower the temperature and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
Give it a stir every so often while it simmers. Be sure to leave the saucepan uncovered so that the liquid can evaporate. This is how you get that nice thick consistency.
Sweet & Smoky Low Carb BBQ Sauce Recipe
Sweet and Smoky Low Carb BBQ Sauce
- 16 oz tomato sauce
- 3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbsp liquid smoke
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp black strap molasses (optional)
- 8 Tbsp Lakanto Monkfruit granulated sweetener (see notes for equivalent low carb sweeteners)
- 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 Tbsp dark chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- Mix together all ingredients in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, until thickened, stirring occasionally.
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