A delicious keto BBQ sauce is an essential during grilling season and for dipping all year long. This low carb dipping sauce recipe is healthier and tastier than store bought!
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Looking to kick your normal weeknight dinners up a notch? Savory, sweet, smoky BBQ sauce makes the perfect glaze for grilled meat, an ideal dipping sauce for chicken fingers and other appetizers, and even pairs well with veggies. And it’s so easy to make, too!
Why Make a Keto BBQ Sauce Recipe?
While you can buy low carb BBQ sauce, it’s not always simple to find and it often lacks the classic taste you’re looking for. Plus, most companies use undesirable sweetener substitutes that you’d rather avoid.
However, this keto BBQ sauce recipe is easy enough to make at the last minute and will be one you return to over and over again. You can whip it up with common ingredients you (most likely) already have on hand and the flavor will not disappoint.
BBQ sauce is great to have all year long, but it’s basically a requirement for summer….well, that and this low carb chicken marinade for grilling that everyone needs to try. There’s just something about that smoky grilled taste that spells summer and fun and family. Mmm.
A Simple Recipe for Everyday Meals
This particular keto BBQ sauce recipe was inspired by one I found at Food.com that was appealing. You’re going to love not just the taste, but how simple it is. While the ingredients are basic, the taste is anything but! Seriously, homemade sauce beats store bought every single time.
One of the best parts about making this sugar free BBQ sauce at home is that it’s always fresh and tangy, ready when you need it (or just really want it!). The recipe is easily halved or doubled depending upon your needs; as is, it makes more than enough for ten meaty chicken drumsticks on your grill.
Actually, you could probably even stretch that to 15 if you had a crowd, because we were pretty liberal in applying it…I mean, really, can you ever have too much BBQ sauce on your grilled chicken? That’s a no.
Ingredients In Keto BBQ Sauce
Like I said, these are pretty simple ingredients and staples in most low carb kitchens. Here’s what you need this make this easy, great, sugar free BBQ recipe:
- Canned tomato sauce
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Chili powder
- Worcestershire sauce with no added sugar
- Stevia concentrated powder or 1/4 teaspoon liquid (see note)
- Monk fruit concentrated powder or 1/2 teaspoon liquid (see note)
- Liquid smoke, optional for smokey flavor
- Sea salt
- Apple cider vinegar
Just basic, healthy ingredients that delivers a keto BBQ sauce that will have your taste buds singing its praises!
See? No crazy ingredients here! You won’t have to hunt down sugar free ketchup or buy expensive brown sugar substitute like so many other keto recipes.
If you’re new to this ingredient, prepare to be amazed at what just a little bit does to your meals.
Liquid smoke adds a great campfire flavor and -thankfully- it’s a keto friendly ingredient. If you don’t have any on hand you could leave it out, but it’s worth getting if you can.
Another ingredient you’ll need is Worcestershire sauce. While Lea & Perrins is what most people use as it’s readily available in local stores, it does have trace amounts of added sugar. If you’d like to be really strict here, you can make this paleo friendly version at home.
Ways To Enjoy Your Low Carb BBQ Sauce
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
Cook some pork shoulder or chicken with it in a crockpot for pulled BBQ sandwiches. You can even cook the ingredients in your crockpot slow cooker with the raw meat and skip making the sauce ahead of time!
Shredded BBQ chicken is also really great on a bed of salad greens with some pickles, bacon, tomatoes, and shredded cheddar for a Smoky Mountain Salad. Top it with this keto ranch for a creamy treat! You can serve the meat hot or cold, depending on your preference with this entree salad which makes it a great take to work meal, too.
This low carb BBQ sauce is perfect to dip breaded low carb chicken tenders or your favorite keto fries in. You can even top your favorite burger with it (some caramelized onions, melted cheddar, and smoky bacon with BBQ is ah-mazing!).
Have you ever drizzled BBQ sauce over your roasted veggies? It caramelized beautifully and helps mix things up. Try it on these oven roasted radishes! It’s also quite good on veggie skewers cooked on the grill.
Keto BBQ Sauce Recipe
I hope you enjoy this easy homemade sauce; the only hard part is deciding what to enjoy it on first.
Quick tip that makes this an even better recipe to save? There’s no need to cook the ingredients first if you’re cooking meat in it; they can just cook together at thee same time! Because of this, it’s great for making BBQ pulled pork or chicken in the slow cooker (or Instant Pot).
I’m using this sauce for my Instant Pot pork chops too!
If you do give the recipe a try, I’ll love to know what you think in the comment section below.
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Low Carb BBQ Sauce
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- 8 ounces canned tomato sauce
- 1 Tablespoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce with no added sugar
- 2 Tablespoons mustard
- 1/8 teaspoon stevia concentrated powder or 1/4 teaspoon liquid (see note)
- 1/4 teaspoon monk fruit concentrated powder or 1/2 teaspoon liquid (see note)
- 2 teaspoons liquid smoke optional for smokey flavor
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Mix all ingredients together in small sauce pan.
- Bring to a boil, reduce to low and simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. If desired, cook boneless skinless meat in the sauce and shred for BBQ pulled pork or chicken.
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