This homemade sugar free BBQ Sauce recipe is a low carb, keto barbecue sauce that’s ready in 5 minutes. All you need are 7 ingredients and a mason jar for easy storage! Smother this tangy sauce on meat, salads, dips, pizza, and more. 

What Makes This Recipe Great

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 sauce again.

It is healthy, with just 7 simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Have you read the ingredients in traditional barbecue sauces bought at grocery stores? PACKED with added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial sugar substitutes. Homemade BBQ sauce is for sure the way to go.

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

I add all the ingredients to a pan to slowly warm so the flavors can marry. 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!

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Sugar Free BBQ Sauce Inspiration

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 bottle and tried to recreate it at home. After a few tries, I got it right! A perfect Tessemae’s BBQ sauce copycat recipe. 

brushing bbq sauce on a chicken breast

Ingredient Notes

The best keto BBQ sauce made with simple, keto-friendly ingredients you probably already have on hand! It’s super simple, absolutely delicious, and easy to make a double batch freeze for later use.   

  • balsamic vinegar: Some recipes call for apple cider vinegar, but I prefer the flavor of balsamic vinegar. 
  • tomato paste: Many recipes use ketchup, but tomato paste is a great way to ensure there’s no added sugar. I use paste, not tomato sauce since it’s a bit thicker, and I like my BBQ sauce to be thick. 
  • monk fruit sweetener (use dates for Whole30!): I use monk fruit sweetener, which is a 1:1 all-natural white sugar replacement. You can swap this for Swerve brown sugar substitute as well. You could also use coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup or date paste for a natural sweetener.
  • Dijon mustard
  • soy sauce: If you’re gluten-free, swap the soy sauce for Tamari or coconut aminos
  • Spices: Garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, and black pepper.

That’s it! All real ingredients to make it paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, vegan, and keto BBQ sauce.

Step-By-Step Instructions

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  1. Heat a saucepan over low-medium 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.
  2. (If using dates, transfer the BBQ sauce to a blender and blend on high speed for 2 minutes.)
  3. Store in an airtight container or wide-mouth pint mason jar. Store in the fridge for up to 3 months or frozen for 1 year.

Expert Tips & Variations

  • Gluten-Free: Be sure to use tamari or coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.
  • Consistency: 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 it when it’s too runny and drips off. But this is a personal preference. If you like your BBQ sauce thinner, just add water and blend again until it reaches the consistency you like.
  • Flavor Variations: Depending on your flavor preferences, you can jazz up this keto BBQ sauce recipe in various ways. For a smoky flavor, add a few drops of liquid smoke. For a spicier sauce, add a bit of chili powder or cayenne pepper to taste. 

Serving Tips

Use this delicious sugar free BBQ sauce for beef, chicken, pork chops, ribs, chicken wings, and more! It also works perfectly paired with my Keto Ranch dressing for salads. You can also use it for dressing and dipping sauce. 

Storage Tips

I store my keto BBQ sauce in wide-mouth pint mason jars. This recipe makes about 2-1/2 cups. I use 1/2 cup right away on whatever protein I’m cooking, and the rest fits perfectly in the mason jar, which is an airtight container when the lid is on.

I also love using wide-mouth pint mason jars because they’re freezer-friendly! We make a double batch, freeze 2 pints, and leave the rest in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. 

sugar free BBQ sauce in a mason jar

Recipe FAQs

Is BBQ sauce high in sugar? 

Most store-bought BBQ sauces are full of added sugars or artificial sweeteners like aspartame or sucralose and then the caramel color and preservatives.  It’s tricky to find a truly sugar free barbecue sauce that isn’t really expensive! So, making it at home with this simple recipe is really the way to go. 

How many carbs are in this BBQ sauce?

2 net carbs! You get that number by subtracting the dietary fiber from the total carbs. You can find more nutritional info in the recipe card below. 

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The BEST Keto Sugar Free BBQ Sauce (2 Net Carbs!)

This homemade sugar free BBQ Sauce recipe is a low carb, keto barbecue sauce that’s ready in 5 minutes. All you need are 7 ingredients and a mason jar for easy storage! Smother this tangy sauce on meat, salads, dips, pizza, and more. 
4.86 from 71 ratings

Ingredients 
 

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

Expert Tips & Variations

    • Gluten-Free: Be sure to use tamari or coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.
    • Consistency: 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 it when it’s too runny and drips off. But this is a personal preference. If you like your BBQ sauce thinner, just add water and blend again until it reaches the consistency you like.
    • Flavor Variations: Depending on your flavor preferences, you can jazz up this keto BBQ sauce recipe in various ways. For a smoky flavor, add a few drops of liquid smoke. For a spicier sauce, add a bit of chili powder or cayenne pepper to taste. 

Serving Tips

Use this delicious keto BBQ sauce for beef, chicken, pork chops, ribs, chicken wings, and more! It also works perfectly paired with my Keto Ranch dressing for salads. You can also use it for dressing and dipping sauce. 

Storage Tips

I store my BBQ sauce in wide-mouth pint mason jars. This recipe makes about 2-1/2 cups. I use 1/2 cup right away on whatever protein I’m cooking, and the rest fits perfectly in the mason jar, which is an airtight container when the lid is on.
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 refrigerator for up to 3 months. 
Calories: 17, Total Carbs: 2.8g, Protein: 0.7g, Fat: 0.3g, Fiber: 0.4g, Net Carbs: 2g
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