Sugar Free BBQ Sauce Recipe

This is your new go-to sweet and tangy BBQ sauce recipe that is keto and paleo approved. Homemade BBQ sauce could not get any easier, and it only has 1.22g of carbs per tablespoon.

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sugar free bbq sauce recipe

Last week I shared with you guys my sugar free ketchup recipe on YouTube, and you were eager for a keto version of my honey bourbon BBQ sauce. This homemade BBQ sauce recipe tastes just as good as your favorite brand, except mine is keto and paleo approved, and not loaded with refined sugars. This BBQ sauce recipe takes 2 minutes of active prep time, and only 45 minutes to simmer away, until the sauce is thick, rich, and tangy.

I think the two reasons why the sugar free BBQ sauce tastes so good, is that I use my keto ketchup as the base, and quite possibly the best brown sugar substitute I have ever seen. The keto brown sugar is soft, pack-able, and has that molasses flavor, I would definitely scoop some on Amazon, it’s my new fav.

How Do I Make Homemade Sugar Free BBQ Sauce?

  1. It’s much easier than you think to make homemade BBQ sauce that is keto and paleo approved. Here are the steps for making my low carb BBQ sauce.
  2. Start by adding 1 cup of your favorite sugar free ketchup to a medium size pot, you can always use my keto ketchup recipe, which is insanely tasty.
  3. Add some brown sugar substitute to the pot along with water, tamari soy, Worcestershire sauce, dijon, vinegar, spices, and liquid smoke.
  4. Cook everything on a low simmer for 45 minutes so the sauce can reduce and thicken. Blend on high for 30 seconds until smooth and creamy.

Low Carb BBQ sauce will last in the fridge for 3 weeks, and gets even tastier the second day.

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What Sugar Substitute Is Best?

I have experimented with different low carb sugar substitutes, and can now say that Sukrin brown sugar is my favorite, especially for this BBQ sauce. The brown sugar substitute is soft and pack-able, and has that molasses flavor we all love. It does not have that strange erythritol flavor or make you mouth cool and numb. The brown sugar substitute measure 1:1, which makes it an easy replacement for sugar.

Last week I made the keto ketchup with monk fruit sweetener, which I really like too, but it’s lacking that depth of flavor that the brown sugar has.

How Many Carbs Does BBQ Sauce Have?

This sugar free keto BBQ sauce only has 1.40 grams of total carbs(1.22 net) per tablespoon and 7 calories. This compares with over 5.5 grams of carbs for store bought sauce loaded with refined sugar.

Can I Freeze Homemade BBQ Sauce?

Homemade BBQ sauce can be frozen for 6 months or stored in the fridge for 3 weeks. It actually tastes better on day two.

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sugar free bbq sauce recipe

Sugar Free BBQ Sauce Recipe

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq sauce, keto bbq sauce, low carb, sugar free
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes
Servings: 12 ounces
Calories: 7 kcal
Author: Bobby Parrish

This sweet and tangy keto BBQ sauce tastes just like the real deal. The base is my keto ketchup recipe, along with spices, vinegar, and the best sugar free brown sugar. This BBQ sauce will keep in the fridge for 3 days and the flavor is fantastic.



  • 1 cup sugar free ketchup
  • 4.5 tablespoons Sukrin gold brown sugar substitute or monk fruit sweetener
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon tamari soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon each onion powder, garlic powder, ancho chile powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 ounce bourbon, optional


  1. Make the BBQ sauce by adding all the ingredients to a medium size pot and bring to a low simmer. Cook for 45 minutes, stirring often. Check for seasoning, you may need more brown sugar substitute. To make the sauce extra smooth, blend or use a hand blender for 30 seconds. Sauce will keep in the fridge for 3 weeks and tastes even better the next day. Recipe makes 12 ounces of BBQ sauce.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Macros per tablespoon of BBQ sauce:
7 calories
1.22 grams of net carbs
1.40 grams of total carbs
0 fat
0.22 grams of protein
0.14 grams of fiber

Nutrition Facts
Sugar Free BBQ Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 tablespoon)
Calories 7
% Daily Value*
Carbohydrates 1.4g0%
Fiber 0.14g1%
Protein 0.22g0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

6 thoughts on “Sugar Free BBQ Sauce Recipe”

  1. Bobby,
    I made your delicious BBQ sauce, but I’m added some cumin and turmeric. It was fantastic. I made BBQ pork with it. I cut up a pork loin, sautéed it in an iron pot with some onions and garlic, added some chicken broth and your BBQ sauce, popped it in the oven at 350 for an hour – stirred it occasionally. I ate it with the cheddar biscuit and I served it over rice for my family. They LOVED it!!!! Thank you!

  2. I watched the video on YouTube, then click the link to make the sauce and catchup. I noticed that in the video you used mustard, and its not on the recipe card on website. Still came out great. Can’t wait to try it with the mustard.

    1. Ooops – sorry for the omission. Thanks for the catch! I’m fixing it now! Glad it still tasted good without the mustard! Keep on cookin’!

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