This sugar-free keto BBQ sauce is sweet and tangy with a bit of heat and smokiness. Super easy to make, it is the perfect sauce for burgers, ribs, chicken, chops, and much more. It gives you that big BBQ flavor without all of the carbs.
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When I first started the low carb lifestyle I had no idea how many things would be a no-no because I had no idea how many things contained sugar! It is everywhere, in everything.
We love to BBQ, and when I say love I mean realllllly love it. We have a smoker and a grill and keep them busy. So my first summer after going keto I found myself asking…
Is BBQ sauce keto?
As soon as I typed that into my Google search I was hit with a “Well, it depends” and a “Check for hidden sugar”.
What? “Hidden sugar”? WTF??
This is where I learned about the different kinds of sugars that products add to boost flavor.
So, what are the names of the sugars to look for?
- Fructose: is found in fruits and honey.
- Galactose: is found in milk and dairy products.
- Glucose: is found in honey, fruits and vegetables.
- Lactose: is found in milk, made from glucose and galactose.
- Maltose: is found in barley.
- Sucrose: is made up of glucose and fructose and is found in plants.
But, another culprit to be on the lookout for is HFC or high fructose corn syrup.
I have found that in SO many things, including sausage!
The good thing is you can make your own recipes at home using keto-friendly sweeteners like the brown sweetener
in this recipe that uses monk fruit and allulose and tastes just like brown sugar, or the keto maple syrup
that tastes and pours just like regular maple syrup!
Another great sweetener replacement is this keto honey
So, be on the lookout for those hidden sugars that could be a problem with your low carb lifestyle. I hate wasting carbs on things I could make at home!
INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE KETO BBQ SAUCE
Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.
HOW TO MAKE KETO BBQ SAUCE
Add all of the ingredients for the BBQ sauce to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Let cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Store leftover BBQ Sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
FAQS ABOUT KETO BBQ SAUCE
Do I have to add the crushed red pepper and cayenne pepper to this keto BBQ sauce?
Well, I am not going to say you absolutely have to use them, but I do hope you will give it a try with them. I know everyone’s spice level is different, so if you are worried it will be too spicy for you maybe try cutting them in half? They really do add to the balance of this sauce.
I like my BBQ really smokey should I add more smoked paprika?
If you want an extra added smokiness to this sauce I would try adding a bit of liquid smoke. Be careful, a little goes a long way so I would start out with maybe a 1/4 of a teaspoon and taste, then go from there.
How long will this keto BBQ sauce last?
I store mine in a mason jar in the fridge and it lasts up to 2 weeks. I have also made big batches and frozen it for up to 3 months.
Last thoughts about Keto BBQ Sauce
Before I got into making my own homemade BBQ sauces I honestly didn’t know much about BBQ sauces. I grew up with Mom using whatever was on sale at the grocery store and they were usually the super “ketchup” sweet sauces that were popular in our neck of the woods.
Once I decided to make my own I knew I needed to do a little bit of research and decide how I wanted to go.
This is what I found.
- Eastern North Carolina Vinegar Sauce
- South Carolina-Mustard Sauce
- Texas-Style Sauce
- Kansas City-Style Sauce
- Memphis Style Sauce
- Alabama White Sauce
These are the main sauces I found and researched. Of course, there are more that split off from there, but this is where I started.
I chose to kind of combine a few with mine being a vinegar and tomato-based sauce with some added heat.
That is the great thing about making your own BBQ sauce. You can start out with a recipe and then dial it in to suit your tastes!
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