Keto BBQ Sauce Recipe and Video – a low carb homemade barbecue sauce. Ready in 5 minutes! 7 ingredients. Paleo, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, vegan, clean eating, real food.

You are going to LOVE how easy this Keto BBQ sauce is! It is ready to eat in 10 minutes. I’m serious. Now that I know how easy it is to make a healthy, sugar free BBQ sauce I’m never going to buy store bought again.

It is healthy, with just 7 easy ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Have you read the ingredients on store bought BBQ sauce? PACKED with sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Homemade is for sure the way to go.

The best part? You can’t even tell it is sweetened naturally. Still sweet and thick and tangy, with the added bonus of being much healthier for you.

brushing bbq sauce on a chicken breast

Tessemae’s BBQ Sauce Copycat

I went to buy Tessemae’s at the store, and it was sold out! ? I asked the Whole Foods manager, and he said Tessemae’s BBQ sauce was out of stock for the foreseeable future, even on their website and Amazon.

It is July! I need my BBQ sauce!

So I set out to make my own. I read the ingredients on the label of my almost empty Tessemae’s bottle, and tried to recreate it at home. After a few tries, I got it right! A perfect Tessemae’s BBQ sauce copycat recipe.

Steps to making homemade bbq sauce

Keto BBQ Sauce Ingredients

This BBQ sauce is made with balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, monk fruit (use dates for Whole30!), dijon mustard, soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. That’s it! All real ingredients that make it a paleo, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and vegan BBQ sauce.

I add all the ingredients to a pan to slowly warm so the flavors can marry, and also to get the pitted dates soft and plump so they blend really well.

After it warms on the stove for 5 minutes, I add all the ingredients to my blender and blend on high for 2 minutes. When it’s done blending, it’s ready to start eating. It’s that easy.

BBQ sauce in a mason jar

Storing Keto BBQ Sauce

I find that this BBQ sauce is best when it is thick, so when I brush it on meat and grill it, the BBQ sauce really stays on. I hate when it’s too runny and drips off. But this is personal preference. If you like your BBQ sauce thinner, just add water and blend again until it reaches the consistency you like.

I store my BBQ sauce in wide mouth pint mason jars. This recipes makes about 2-1/2 cups. I use 1/2 cup right away on whatever I’m cooking, and the rest fits perfectly in the mason jar.

I also love using wide mouth pint mason jars because they’re freezer friendly! I like to make a double batch, freeze 2 pints, and leave the rest in the fridge.

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Keto BBQ Sauce

This Keto BBQ Sauce Recipe is a low carb homemade barbecue sauce. Ready in 5 minutes and just 7 ingredients.
4.86 from 63 ratings


  • 1/2 cups balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water, or more to desired consistency
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup or more to taste of monk fruit (for Whole30 substitute 8 pitted medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Heat a sauce pan over medium low heat. Add all ingredients, stir to combine, and bring to a low simmer for 5 minutes. You don't want it to boil, just get warmed through. Heating will allow the flavors to marry.
  • (If using dates, transfer the BBQ sauce to a blender, and blend on high speed for 2 minutes.)
  • Store in an airtight container or wide mouth pint mason jar. Will keep in the fridge for at least 3 months, or frozen for 1 year.


  • Gluten Free: Be sure to use tamari or coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.
Calories: 17, Total Carbs: 2.8g, Protein: 0.7g, Fat: 0.3g, Fiber: 0.4g, Net Carbs: 2g
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