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Sugar Free BBQ Sauce

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The weekend is coming up and you are craving BBQ Ribs, but you are on a Keto diet and cannot eat traditional, sugary barbecue sauce. Do you cheat? Do you ignore your cravings? No silly, you make Sugar Free BBQ Sauce!! Thick and tangy with kicks of spice and enough smokey flavor to fool your family and friends…..

small white bowl sitting on a wooden board filled with sugar free bbq sauce with bbq ribs in the background

I cooked those ribs in my Instant Pot while this Sugar Free BBQ Sauce was simmering. When they were ready I coated them in sauce and put them under the broiler for a few minutes. Imagine that, a delicious, sugar-free dinner in less than an hour. Cravings satisfied!!

black spoon filled with barbecue sauce hovering over a small white bowl full of sauce with ribs in the background

How to make Sugar Free BBQ Sauce:

Add all of the sauce ingredients to a medium saucepan and whisk to combine…..

Mix all bbq sauce ingredients together in a medium saucepan

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes…..

Simmer Sugar Free BBQ Sauce in a saucepan

to allow the sugar to dissolve and the sauce to thicken.

Allow sauce to cool before pouring into a container to store in the refrigerator, or use immediately…..

bbq ribs laying on a wooden board covered in bbq sauce with the corner of a small bowl of sauce in the bottom right hand corner

Exactly what I wanted, they could not have turned out any better with a sugary sauce!

Notes:

  • This sauce will not caramelize the same way that a sugary sauce will when placed under the broiler.
  • I used a combination of erythritol and stevia to round out their flavors.
  • Stevia alone is too bitter, and I needed the bulk of the erythritol to blend with the sauce.

Why didn’t you use fresh garlic and onions in this bbq sauce?

  1. Fresh garlic and onions would make the sauce chunkier and I did not want to pull out the blender
  2. I was looking for a super easy bbq sauce that could be thrown together with basic items in the pantry.
  3. Fresh goes bad faster, powdered will make this sauce last a bit longer in the refrigerator.

Products used to create this recipe: {contains affiliate links}

Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener – Non GMO Erythritol mixed with Monkfruit extract to create a delicious zero calorie, zero glycemic sweetener with the taste of sugar. (Use code YUMMYHEALTHYKETO15% for 15% off Lakanto Products)

Stevia – a non-nutritive sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant. It is 100 times sweeter than granulated sugar.

Fish Sauce

Liquid Smoke

Recipes that use BBQ Sauce:

Instant Pot Barbecue Ribs – I seasoned the ribs with Southwest Seasoning and used 1 cup of water to cook.

Barbecue Chicken Thighs – on the grill

Instant Pot BBQ Whole Chicken

Instant Pot Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf – NOT Keto or low carb. Skip the potatoes and panko.

Enjoy!!

small white bowl sitting on a wooden board filled with sugar free bbq sauce with bbq ribs in the background

Sugar Free BBQ Sauce

This Sugar Free BBQ Sauce is gluten-free and Keto friendly while being incredibly delicious. It is perfect on burgers, chicken and ribs!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sugar, free, keto, gluten free, sauce, bbq, grill, homemade, tomato
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16 Servings
Calories: 16kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 15 ounce can sugar free tomato sauce
  • cup Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener
  • 1/32 teaspoon powdered stevia a pinch
  • cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons fish sauce I used Red Boat
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ½ Tablespoon chipotle pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper If unsure, use less to start and add more if you need more heat
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • Add all of the sauce ingredients to a medium saucepan and whisk to combine.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes to allow the sugar to dissolve and the sauce to thicken.
  • Allow sauce to cool before pouring into a container to store in the refrigerator, or use immediately.

Notes

  • This sauce will not caramelize the same way that a sugary sauce will when placed under the broiler.
  • I used a combination of erythritol/monkfruit and stevia to round out their flavors.
  • Stevia alone is too bitter, and I needed the bulk of the erythritol to blend with the sauce.
  • This sauce should last 7 days in the refrigerator, maybe more.

Nutrition

Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 108mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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