A keto bbq sauce that’s tangy, sweet and super easy! A sugar-free barbecue sauce with no high fructose corn syrup that’s great for grilling as well.
I set out to create a homemade bbq sauce because I was displeased with some of the ones I found in-store. Knowing that I could create a keto bbq sauce with the flavor I did felt like it would be hard. Yet to my surprise it was super easy!
I will toss some helpful tips at the bottom in order to help you top off your ribs, chicken and pork with it. This sugar-free barbecue sauce is extremely versatile and can be customized to you liking.
Maybe you want a little more sweetness, simply reduce some of the spice.
Would you like it more tangy? Add things such as more apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.
More spice? That’s cool, top things off with a bit more cayenne or even grind in some chili peppers. The options are endless!
Store bought sugar-free bbq sauce
By no means I will say you can’t find a keto bbq sauce in store. It is very possible! If I don’t want to cook I will go for G Hughes or Alterna Sweets. But most sauces can be expensive so if you’re on a budget you still can have a delicious keto bbq sauce from home.
Not to mention I am not the biggest fan of sucralose. It isn’t bad but it can impact blood sugar levels a little harder than sweeteners such as stevia. Which brings me to stevia!
The thinner the base or the particular food you are eating the bitterness will stand out more. This is something to think about with you choose your sweetener for your sugar-free bbq sauce.
Ingredients in a keto bbq sauce
These things will vary from place to place. Here in North Carolina we have a vinegar based bbq sauce style. Some people add sugar but most places you’re pretty safe. Yet, just a state down in South Carolina they use a mustard based bbq sauce. But, my version is a simple and easy tomato based sauce you can make at home.
Tomato’s crushed or a paste
Lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
These are the basis for a tomato based sugar free barbecue sauce.
The best keto bbq sauce uses
The options are endless. Yet, allow me to say this. Due to the lack of sugar you won’t get the same caramelized factor that sugar brings.
What this means is the sticky feeling we’re use to with barbecue sauce is no longer there. Regardless the flavors will remain great but the lack of stickiness will affect the overall experience .
But hey it will be an easier clean up!
Tossing your wings in a sugar-free barbecue sauce is a great option. This is normally my go to.
Maybe you’d like to drench your spare ribs in a keto bbq sauce. You can cook first then finish them off with the sauce. I have even seen people barbecue chicken and not use the sauce right before serving.
How about a stuffed calzone barbecue style with shredded chicken or even just a plain fathead dough pizza with a barbecue sauce over the traditional marinara.
Helpful recipe tips for sugar-free bbq sauce
- When storing your keto bbq sauce I think sealed mason jars are best. I have some that has been in the refrigerator a week in a sealed mason jar and it is great.
- Sweetening your barbecue sauce. Different sweeteners behave in different ways. Be mindful if using stevia the more you want to add the bitter the flavor. If you’d like more sweetness try cutting back the spices first these do play into it. Or even adding a little blackstrap molasses can help. And bring some nutritional benefits.
- Give a little heat to the sauce when mixing ingredients. Not too hot, a low temperature setting on the stove top is enough.
- Thickness will be different as well. Tossing in some xanthan gum can help but be mindful it can leave behind clumped up pieces. If using a gum do it while tomato sauce or paste is still cold. And with a mixer, in order to make it quickly distribute throughout sauce to avoid clumping.
- Tomato sauce will result in a thinner sugar-free bbq sauce. If you want thicker go with tomato paste but make sure there’s no sugar added on the ingredient list.
- Try using a sugar-free ketchup to help with sweetness and thickness as well! Beast Feast Maine and Alterna Sweets tested above are great. Coupon code “sugarlesscrystals” for 10% off Beast Feast Maine. Coupon code “sugarlesscrystals” for 15% off Alterna Sweets.
Getting a thicker keto bbq sauce
If your’e searching for a super thick keto bbq sauce like they have in the store look no further. If you read the ingredient list you will notice gums such as xanthan and guar gum on it. These create thickness and I will tell you how.
You want to use the gums when the sauce is at its coldest. Also using a mixer since the tongs can move faster than our hands ever could. This will prevent clumping along with the temperature being cold. But move fast and don’t put it all in one location. Sprinkle it while mixing.
They do the same thing for the most part so they are interchangeable. Xanthan gum just tends to be more gummy than guar gum.
Keto BBQ Sauce (Low Carb, Sugar Free)
- 1 cup tomato paste or sauce (no sugar added)
- 2 tablespoon Apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper (if using fine use half)
- 2 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Liquid stevia
- 1 teaspoon black strap molasses ((optional))
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum or guar gum ((optional))
- On a low heat on stove top pour tomato sauce or paste into a sauce pan
- Add all ingredients in to the tomatoes. In any particular order it doesn't matter unless you plan to make it thicker using a gum. If so see notes below.