Keto BBQ Sauce [Sugar Free & Low Carb]


This low carb keto BBQ sauce recipe is sugar free but has a rich flavor. Good for layering over meats or as a dipping sauce, this homemade BBQ sauce is sure to be a hit.

Low Carb Keto BBQ Sauce Recipe

A while ago I compiled a list of some of the best keto barbecue sauces you can buy online.

It’s great that these options exist for BBQ lovers and that people on the ketogenic diet or just limiting their sugar intake can have healthy BBQ sauces.

Low carb paleo keto BBQ sauce recipe

But if you’re anything like me, you want to make your own, which is why today I want to share this awesome Keto BBQ Sauce recipe with everyone.

This is not only delicious and low in sugar, but also super quick and easy to prepare. And I mean very quickly. Like, 15 minutes almost.

Low carb paleo keto BBQ sauce recipe

Everyone’s BBQ sauce taste is very different, with spiciness being one of the most obvious variables. Additionally, additional flavors such as citrus and honey can be customized to your liking.

For this recipe, she adapted a recipe from Paola from Gnome Gnome today. Be sure to check it out.

He practically uses the same ingredients as they do. I only slightly increased the amounts of chipotle and cayenne powder because I like it spicy, so if you’re a little more careful with the sauce, reduce it a bit.

Low carb paleo keto BBQ sauce recipe

I’ve listed stevia as a sweetener here, but YOU can really add whatever sweetener YOU prefer. You could do even without adding sweeteners altogether. I added it to try to replicate some of the sweetness you get from sauces, but actually the sauce is just as good without it.

The cooking process is really simple. You’ll probably need to mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan over low heat before making the glaze. Again, this is very easy as YOU simply mix the arrowroot with some water before adding it to the other ingredients.

Then let everything thicken in the pan before storing in an airtight refrigerator.

A few things to note. I know both stevia and arrowroot can be a little hard to come by at times, so here are a few links from Amazon( disclaimer: I make a small commission on this, but at no additional cost to you ):

This sauce also keeps really well in the fridge for up to five days. Although if you enjoy this sauce I doubt it will last that long anyway!

Why Make Homemade Keto BBQ Sauce?

The number one reason YOU should make your own homemade BBQ sauce is so you have complete control over what goes in your sauce. Most modern store-bought condiments contain a number of additives that we wouldn’t normally add to homemade sauces, and pre-made keto BBQ sauce is no different.

YOU can manage the amount of sweeteners YOU use while also adjusting the spice levels to your personal preferences.

Why Are Most Barbecue Sauces Not Ketogenic?

Most store-bought barbecue sauces contain large amounts of sugar and corn syrup, making them off-limits for anyone on a ketogenic diet. Depending on the circumstances, the average tablespoon of BBQ sauce contains about 7 grams of carbohydrates, of which 6 grams are sugars. If you love salsa like me, it can add up quickly.

The good news is that this recipe is sugar-free and only 2 grams of carbs per tablespoon. It also has about half the amount of sodium, which also makes it heart-healthier.

Keto BBQ Sauce [Sugar Free & Low Carb]

This low carb keto BBQ sauce recipe is sugar free but rich in flavor. Good for layering over meats or as a dipping sauce, this homemade BBQ sauce is sure to be a hit.
Sauce of course
BBQ cuisine , ketogenic, low carb
Preparation time 5 minutes
Cooking time 10 minutes
Total time 15 minutes
For 8 people


  • cup white vinegar
  • 1 extra tablespoon of local olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons smoked paprika powder
  • 2 ½ tea spoons of dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 4 tea spoons ground black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of stevia
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot
  • ½ cup hot water optional


  • Start by heating a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  • Add the paprika, oregano, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, black pepper, cumin, cayenne, chipotle, salt and water.
  • Season with stevia and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • For the glaze, mix the arrowroot in 2 tablespoons of water.
  • Mix the glaze into the main body of the sauce. Continue to simmer, turning frequently to prevent lumps from forming.
  • Once YOU have the BBQ sauce to your desired consistency, remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Allow to cool before covering and storing. Add more water if you want it thinner, or more arrowroot if you want it heavier, but be aware that it will thicken a bit as it cools anyway.
  • Put the lid on the airtight container and store in the refrigerator. It can be stored for up to five days.

Be sure to check out my other Keto BBQ posts:

  • The Best Keto BBQ Recipes
  • The Best Keto BBQ Side Dishes

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