This keto BBQ sauce recipe is slightly sweet with a smoky flavor. In less than 20 minutes you’ll have a sugar-free and low carb barbecue sauce that is so delicious and easy to make.
Are following a keto, sugar-free or low carb diet, and in need of a healthy barbecue sauce? Perhaps you are entertaining guests and need a tasty option that has no added sugar.
Either way, your search for a delicious keto barbecue sauce recipe is over.
I used to follow a keto diet (a few times in my past, to be exact), and I always aim to be as low carb as reasonably possible. So of course one staple I always had on hand was a keto friendly bbq sauce.
Yet there were a few issues in finding a great grocery store keto bbq sauce with low net carbs. One being the price of low carb sauces.
It was a hefty price tag compared to traditional ones at the time. I can’t imagine what it is now. I’m almost afraid to look.
Another issue was my picky taste. Either bland, too chemical tasting, or an an after-taste that left me not wanting more.
Recreating a low carb barbecue sauce recipe isn’t an easy feat. Have you looked at those labels? With some, sugar-free meant flavour-free. No thank you.
The best keto barbecue sauce is this homemade keto bbq sauce recipe. Hands down.
This recipe is foolproof, and comes together in less than 20 minutes. With amazing flavor, this homemade low carb bbq sauce is so delicious.
You’ll never hunt for it in the store again once you try our low carb bbq sauce recipe.
Ingredients to Make Keto BBQ Sauce
You’ll need the following simple key ingredients to make this easy sugar-free bbq sauce. The full details for this easy recipe are on the printable recipe card below.
- tomato paste
- apple cider vinegar
- powdered erythritol
- Worcestershire sauce
- liquid smoke
- smoked paprika
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- cayenne pepper
- mustard powder
- butter, optional
- Mason Jars
How to Make Keto BBQ Sauce
Take a small saucepan and add all the simple ingredients, except the butter.
Over medium heat, mix and stir continuously and bring it to a boil. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 15 minutes, until water evaporates and the sauce thickens.
This will bold in the flavours and reduce the tomato paste tartness. Once you have achieved the desired consistency (thin verses thick sauce), remove it from heat.
Taste the tangy keto bbq sauce and add extra salt or cayenne pepper, if needed. You can also add some black pepper if you wish.
Optional: add 1 tbsp of butter, providing a glossy look to your easy keto bbq sauce.
Tips and FAQ
Where Do I Buy Liquid Smoke?
You can find liquid smoke at most grocers, with the condiments and spices. It looks like a small hot sauce jar.
Substitution for Powdered Erythritol?
You can replace powdered erythritol with any powdered keto-friendly sweetener or a granulated sweetener that dissolves. Adjust your sweetener amounts to make an even sweeter sauce.
NOTE: This recipe makes 1 cup BBQ sauce. Net carbs, carb count and the nutritional information is the entire 1 cup. Individual amounts will vary depending on how much you use for each serving size.
Uses for This Best Keto BBQ Sauce:
Uses for this sugar free bbq sauce recipe is wherever you’d typically use any traditional bbq sauce.
You can use this sauce on chicken, beef, ribs – and when grilling or even cooking in the oven. Use it as a dipping sauce too.
Specifically, here are some recipes you can make using this bbq sauce:
- BBQ Chicken Salad
- Instant Pot BBQ Ribs
- Slow Cooker Ribs
- Skillet Monterey Chicken
- Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs
- Air Fryer Chicken Bites
If you need more uses for the homemade bbq sauce, try it on low carb BBQ chicken pizza or mixed with shredded chicken to make BBQ chicken sandwiches.
How to Store Homemade Sauce
Not only do I love that this low carb barbecue sauce is easy top make. Yet another wonderful thing is how it stores well too.
After cooking, let it cool and put into an airtight container or a Mason Jar or two. Store in the refrigerator.
It’s so easy to make your own favourite sauces, next you have to try our Homemade Nutella Recipe!
How Long does Keto BBQ Sauce Last?
Well sealed and refrigerated, this sugar free barbecue sauce recipe will last 1-2 weeks in the fridge. It’s handy to have on hand when you need it.
Since it’s grilling season, I suggest doubling the low carb barbecue sauce recipe since you’ll be using this often.
Yet this is a recipe you’ll most certainly make all year long.
More Keto Recipes
- No Bake Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars, the perfect sugar free dessert!
- Make this Creamy Garlic Tuscan Shrimp without the pasta.
- These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are the perfect keto appetizer.
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds make the best snack.
- Grilled Shrimp Foil Packs are a must-make during grilling season.
- Loaded with flavour, this French Onion Chicken Bake is amazing.
- 5 oz tomato paste
- 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- ⅓ cup powdered erythritol
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
- ½ Tablespoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1 cup water
- Optional: 1 Tablespoon butter
- Take a small saucepan and add all the ingredients, except butter, if used.
- Mix and bring it to a boil over medium heat, stirring continuously. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 15 minutes until water evaporates and the sauce thickens. This will bold in flavours and reduce the tomato paste tartness. Once you have achieved the desired consistency, remove it from heat.
- Taste and add extra salt or cayenne pepper, if needed.
- Optional: add 1 tbsp of butter, providing a glossy look to your sauce.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 246mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g