Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce Recipe

Sugar Free Bbq Sauce

Are you looking for a flavorful and delicious sugar-free BBQ sauce that’s also sugar-free and keto-friendly? Look no further than this Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce recipe! Perfect for those who want to enjoy the taste of BBQ sauce without the added sugar, this recipe is ideal for anyone who is health-conscious or following a low-carb diet.

Made with a combination of tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, spices, and a sugar substitute, this category of BBQ sauce has all the delicious flavor of a traditional BBQ sauce, without any of the unwanted sugar. The sauce has a sweet, smoky, and tangy flavor that pairs well with a variety of meats and vegetables, making it the perfect accompaniment to your next backyard barbecue.

Whether you’re new to sugar-free BBQ sauce or a seasoned pro, this recipe is easy to make and customizable to suit your taste preferences. Plus, by making your own sauce, you can control the quality of the ingredients and ensure that your BBQ sauce is free from any unwanted additives or preservatives.

So fire up your grill and get ready to impress your family and friends with this delicious BBQ Sauce. With its bold flavor and easy preparation, this recipe is sure to become a staple in your kitchen.

What To Serve With This Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce Recipe

It is a delicious and versatile sauce that can be served with a wide variety of main courses and side dish cuisine. Here are some suggestions for what to serve with this sauce.

Chicken

This BBQ sauce pairs perfectly with grilled or smoked chicken. Whether you prefer chicken wings, drumsticks, or boneless breasts, this sauce adds a delicious flavor to any chicken dish. Brush the sauce on during the last few minutes of cooking to allow the sauce to caramelize and create a beautiful glaze.

Pork

Pork and BBQ sauce are a match made in heaven, and sugar-free BBQ sauce is no exception. Try brushing this sauce on your pulled pork or serving it alongside your favorite pork chops or ribs. The smoky and tangy flavors in the sauce pair perfectly with the rich and juicy flavors of pork.

Beef

While sugar-free BBQ sauce is traditionally associated with pork and chicken, it can also be a delicious addition to beef dishes. Try serving it alongside your favorite grilled or smoked steak, or use it as a dipping sauce for beef skewers or meatballs.

Vegetables

This type of sauce isn’t just for meat dishes. It can also be a great addition to roasted or grilled vegetables. Brush the sauce on your grilled corn, roasted sweet potatoes, or even on your veggie burger for a flavorful twist.

How To Make Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce

Combine the Ingredients

In a medium saucepan, combine the tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, sweetener of choice, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, kosher salt, dry mustard, chili powder, and water over medium heat.

Using all of these sugar free ingredients will result in a keto-friendly sauce that’s great for those who are watching their sugar intake. Whisk the ingredients together until they’re well combined and the erythritol has dissolved.

Simmer the Sauce

Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency.

The sauce will thicken as it simmers, so it’s important to keep an eye on it and stir it occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. You can adjust the thickness of the sauce by simmering it for a longer or shorter amount of time.

Add the Finishing Touches

Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the unsalted butter and crushed red pepper flakes, if using. You can adjust the amount of red pepper flakes you add depending on your preference for spiciness.

Adjust the Seasoning

Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning as needed. If the sauce is too tangy, you can add a little bit more brown sugar substitute to sweeten it up. If it’s too thick, you can add a little bit more water to thin it out. Adjust the salt and spices to your liking as well.

Cool and Store the Sauce

Once you’ve achieved the desired flavor and consistency, transfer the sauce to a jar or container and let it cool to room temperature. Refrigerate the sauce until ready to use. The sauce will thicken further as it cools, so you can add a little bit of water to thin it out before using it if needed.

Enjoy!

Enjoy your sugar-free BBQ sauce on your favorite grilled meats or vegetables and impress your friends and family with your keto-friendly and healthy BBQ creation! This sauce is perfect for those who are following a low-carb or sugar-free diet, and it’s a great way to add flavor to your grilled dishes without adding excess sugar or carbs.

Combine the Ingredients

In a medium saucepan, combine the tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, sweetener of choice, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, kosher salt, dry mustard, chili powder, and water over medium heat.

Using all of these sugar-free ingredients will result in a keto-friendly sauce that’s great for those who are watching their sugar intake. Whisk the ingredients together until they’re well combined and the erythritol has dissolved.

Simmer the Sauce

Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency.

The sauce will thicken as it simmers, so it’s important to keep an eye on it and stir it occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. You can adjust the thickness of the sauce by simmering it for a longer or shorter amount of time.

Add the Finishing Touches

Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the unsalted butter and crushed red pepper flakes, if using. You can adjust the amount of red pepper flakes you add depending on your preference for spiciness.

Adjust the Seasoning

Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning as needed. If the sauce is too tangy, you can add a little bit more brown sugar substitute to sweeten it up. If it’s too thick, you can add a little bit more water to thin it out. Adjust the salt and spices to your liking as well.

Cool and Store the Sauce

Once you’ve achieved the desired flavor and consistency, transfer the sauce to a jar or container and let it cool to room temperature. Refrigerate the sauce until ready to use. The sauce will thicken further as it cools, so you can add a little bit of water to thin it out before using it if needed.

Enjoy!

Enjoy your sugar-free BBQ sauce on your favorite grilled meats or vegetables and impress your friends and family with your keto-friendly and healthy BBQ creation! This sauce is perfect for those who are following a low-carb or sugar-free diet, and it’s a great way to add flavor to your grilled dishes without adding excess sugar or carbs.

Adjusting The Flavor of This Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce

Adjusting the flavor of your BBQ sauce is all about finding the right balance of sweet, tangy, and savory flavors to suit your taste preferences. Here are some simple ways to adjust the flavor of your sauce.

Add More Vinegar

If you prefer a tangy BBQ sauce, try adding a splash of white vinegar. White vinegar has a sharp, acidic taste that can help balance out the sweetness of the sauce. Start with a small amount and add more as needed, tasting as you go to ensure you don’t overdo it.

Adjust the Sweetness

The sweetness of your BBQ sauce is a matter of personal preference. If you like your sauce sweeter, add more sweetener to the recipe. If you find it too sweet, try cutting back on the amount of sweetener or adding a splash of vinegar to balance it out.

Play with Spices

The spices in your BBQ sauce can make a big difference in the overall flavor. For a spicier sauce, increase the amount of cayenne pepper or add some crushed red pepper flakes. Experiment with different spice combinations until you find the perfect flavor.

Adjust the Salt

Salt is an important component of any BBQ sauce, but it’s important not to overdo it. Too much salt can overpower the other flavors in the sauce. Start with the recommended amount of salt in the recipe, and add more as needed. If the sauce is too salty, try diluting it with a bit of water or adding more sweetener to balance it out.

Tips & Tricks For Making Low-Carb Barbecue Sauce

Here are some helpful tips and tricks for making a delicious sugar-free BBQ sauce that will have everyone coming back for more.

Choose Your Sweetener Wisely

Just because a sweetener is labeled as “sugar-free” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best choice for your sauce. We recommend Sukrin Gold Brown Sugar Alternative or Monk Fruit Sweetener for this recipe for those who are trying to avoid added sugars, but other options like Stevia, Swerve or Erythritol will work as well. Be sure to taste your sauce as you add sweetener, as some sweeteners can have a bitter aftertaste if you add too much.

Get the Perfect Smoky Flavor:

If you want to give your sugar-free BBQ sauce that classic smoky flavor, try adding some hickory smoke flavoring or smoked paprika.

Hickory smoke flavoring can be found at most grocery stores or online, and just a few drops can add a delicious smoky flavor to your sauce. Smoked paprika is another great option that adds a deep, smoky flavor to the sauce.

Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment

Making BBQ sauce is all about finding the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and savory flavors. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different spices, sweeteners, or vinegar to find the flavor profile that works best for you. Start with a basic recipe and make small tweaks until you’ve created the perfect sauce for your taste buds.

Let It Simmer

To get the best flavor out of your BBQ sauce, be sure to let it simmer on low heat for at least 10-15 minutes. This will give the flavors time to meld together and create a rich, complex sauce. Be sure to stir the sauce occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Store It Properly

Once you’ve made it, be sure to store it in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep for up to a week, but if you want to make a larger batch, you can freeze it for up to three months. Thaw it in the fridge overnight before using it.

Sugar Free Bbq Sauce

Sugar Free BBQ Sauce Recipe

Easy to make Sugar Free BBQ Sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
20 minutes

Equipment

  • Small bowl
  • Saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
  • cup sweetener (Sukrin brown sugar alternative or monk fruit sweetener)
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, powdered erythritol, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, kosher salt, dry mustard, chili powder, and water over medium heat.
  • Whisk until the ingredients are well combined and the erythritol has dissolved.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency.
  • Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the unsalted butter and crushed red pepper flakes, if using.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  • Once you've achieved the desired flavor and consistency, transfer the sauce to a jar or container and let it cool to room temperature.
  • Refrigerate the sauce until ready to use.
  • Enjoy this delicious sauce on your favorite grilled meats or vegetables and impress your friends and family with your keto-friendly and healthy BBQ creation!

Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce FAQs

What is keto BBQ sauce?

Keto BBQ sauce is a low-carb BBQ sauce that is sweetened with a sweetener instead of sugar. Sukrin acts as a brown sugar substitute in this recipe, making it a great bbq sauce for those on a low-carb diet.

Is this homemade BBQ sauce gluten-free?

Yes, this sugar-free BBQ sauce is gluten-free. The beauty of a keto diet is that most keto recipes are also gluten-free!

Can I use regular sugar instead of the sweeteners listed?

You can, but that wouldn’t make a sugar-free sauce! Using a sugar-free alternative like Sukrin Gold or Monk Fruit Sweetener is the secret ingredient you need to make this delicious BBQ sauce.

What kind of vinegar should I use when making bbq sauce?

Apple cider vinegar is recommended for this recipe. Its sweet and tangy flavor pairs well with the other ingredients.

How long does this sugar-free BBQ sauce last in the fridge?

This sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

What can I do if the sauce is too thick?

Add a little bit of water until the desired consistency is reached.

Can I use this sugar-free BBQ sauce as a marinade?

Yes, this sauce works great as a marinade for meats.

How spicy is this sugar-free BBQ sauce?

This sauce has a medium level of spice. If you prefer a spicier sauce, increase the amount of cayenne pepper.

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