Keto Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce

sugar free bbq sauce

 The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

Prep: 2 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 22 mins
Servings: 8
Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
70 Calories
4g Fat
8g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 70
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 332mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 303mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

It’s hard to find a good keto barbecue sauce in the store that doesn’t secretly contain sugar. Make your own at home and you control the ingredients and the flavor. Make it spicy or sweet, or a little bit of both. It’s the perfect addition to your summer barbecues and works well on a variety of grilled and smoked meats. This version uses erythritol as a sugar alternative and is also paleo-friendly. It tastes delicious on top of ribs, pulled pork, and grilled chicken.

The sauce comes together in 20 minutes and can be stored in the refrigerator for at least a week; if you properly can the sauce, it will keep for up to six months.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 large shallot, diced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 cup erythritol sweetener

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 3/4 cup water

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    ingredients for sugar free bbq sauce on a marble board
  2. Add the olive oil to a small saucepan and heat on medium-high heat. Add the shallots and salt and saute until softened and translucent, about 4 minutes. Then add in the minced garlic and saute for 1 minute on medium-low heat.

    shallots and garlic sautéed in oil
  3. Add the tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, erythritol, Worcestershire, liquid smoke, chili powder, smoked paprika, mustard, cumin, and water to the saucepan. Whisk and heat on medium-low heat until the ingredients have combined. Lower the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently until thickened and is slightly darker in color.

    sugar free bbq sauce bubbling in a saucepan
  4. Allow the sauce to cool slightly and then place it in a blender and blend until completely smooth. Taste and add more salt if needed.

    sugar free bbq sauce blended in a blender
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 week. Or can the sauce using safe canning techniques and store in the pantry for 6 months. Serve on top of your favorite grilled meats.

Recipe Variations

  • You can add more erythritol depending on how sweet you like your barbecue sauce. 
  • If you’re looking to make the sauce spicy, you can add 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes when you add the other spices. 
  • If you like a thinner sauce add another 1/4 cup of water or for a super tangy sauce add 2 more tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. 
  • If you want the flavor to be even more intensified you can add the spices when you add the onions and garlic. Sautéing makes the flavor of the spices even stronger. 
  • You can substitute other sweeteners like monkfruit sweetener. Use about half of the amount of sweetener if you are using monkfruit.
  • To pair best with coffee or espresso rubbed meats, add 1 tablespoon strongly brewed espresso to the other ingredients.