Easy, Keto Low-Carb BBQ Sauce (Paleo and Gluten-Free) is the best low-sugar barbecue recipe for keto-friendly lifestyles. This recipe uses sugar-free ketchup, crushed tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, and herbs and spices to create the perfect sauce that is practically no-carb and carb-free!
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Calories: 11 Fat: 0G Net Carbs: 2G Protein: 0G
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Can I Eat BBQ Sauce on Keto?
Yes. I have not found a store brand of BBQ sauce that is suitable and does not have added sugar. So I decided to create my own! If you use ingredients that do not contain added sugar, this sauce will work perfectly for the keto lifestyle.
How Do You Make Keto Low-Carb BBQ Sauce? How Do I Make BBQ Sauce from Scratch?
Gather your ingredients.
Combine the ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
What Sauces are Low in Carbs?
The best low carb sauces are olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon, etc. I also have a Homemade Keto Ranch Dressing you should check out!
What Can You Use Instead of BBQ Sauce?
This will depend on your taste buds! Naturally, the best substitute for store-bought is to make your own.
How Can I Thicken My BBQ Sauce?
The crushed tomatoes used in this recipe will naturally thicken the BBQ sauce. If you would like your sauce a little thicker, combine 1 teaspoon of xantham gum with water and add it to the sauce.
How Long Will Homemade BBQ Sauce Keep in the Fridge?
I recommend storing it up to two weeks in the fridge. If you need it beyond that you can freeze it. Check out this post on How Long You Can Keep Opened Condiments.
The Cure For the Keto Flu is Bone Broth and MCT Oil
The keto lifestyle can sometimes cause me to get dizzy and have brain fog. It can be really hard to focus. Each night before bed I like to drink bone broth. Kettle and Fire is my favorite brand. They have beef and chicken flavors. I add a little liquid aminos and hot sauce for flavor. You can sip it from a mug or eat it like a miso soup in a bowl.
I add 1 tablespoon of MCT oil to my coffee in the morning. This helps add additional fat to support keto macros and also helps with keto flu.
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Easy, Keto Low-Carb BBQ Sauce (Paleo and Gluten-Free)
- ½ cup crushed tomatoes
- ⅓ cup unsweetened ketchup I used Primal Kitchen Organic Ketchup
- ½ cup sweetener I used Swerve
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons water optional to thin the sauce if needed
- Place a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add all of the ingredients to the pan and stir.
- Reduce the heat to low and cover the pan. Simmer for 5-8 minutes.
- Remove the cover and stir the sauce. I like thick BBQ sauce. If the sauce is too thick for your liking, add 2 tablespoons of water and stir. To continue to add an additional tablespoon of water until the sauce reaches your desired texture.