Are you looking for a lip-smacking keto barbecue sauce to dress up your barbecued proteins? Your search ends here! This easy, homemade sauce is perfect for those wanting to reduce their sugar intake. Try it on pork and beef ribs, low-carb meatloaf, and chicken. You’re in for a treat!
We’ve all been there. You want to enjoy some delicious grilled ribs, but you’re watching your sugar intake. So, you go to the grocery store and purchase one of those keto barbecue sauces on the shelf. You take it home, open it up, taste it, and instantly regret your decision. Why? Because it’s too sweet or didn’t have that quintessential BBQ flavor — a little sweetness paired with tart and piquant flavors.
Our keto barbecue sauce doesn’t suffer from that problem because we build the flavors and add the sweetener incrementally. Most keto-friendly sauce recipes use super sweet sugar-free sweeteners, like sucralose. Some contain erythritol, which can cause digestive upset in some people. We’ve sidestepped those ingredients by using monk fruit sweetener. The results are amazing! This recipe makes 3 cups of keto barbecue sauce, 12 portions or 1/4 cup serving per person. Each serving contains 3 grams of carbohydrates.
What is Monkfruit Sweetener?
Monk fruit, or lo han guo, is a small round-shaped fruit from China. These fruits have become globally popular with the emergence of sugar-free, paleo, and keto diets that require calorie-free, low-sugar sweeteners. The mogroside, the sweetest part of the monk fruit, makes up the sweetener. The fruit is crushed, the mogroside is lifted from the juice, processed, and turned into monk fruit sweetener. It is quite sweet, with 1/3 cup of monk fruit sweetener equalling 1 cup of sugar. When using, it is best to start small and increase incrementally.
- Sugar-free ketchup: We’ve used Primal Kitchen Organic Unsweetened Ketchup with amazing results
- Monkfruit sweetener: You can find this in most grocery stores baking aisles or online.
- Sugar-free tomato paste
- Apple cider vinegar
- Worcestershire sauce
- Olive oil
- Sweet onion
- Dry mustard
- Cayenne (optional)
- salt and black pepper to taste
- Liquid smoke (optional, but recommended for this sauce)
How to Make Keto Barbecue Sauce
- Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add olive oil.
- Next, add onions and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Add all remaining ingredients to the saucepan, except liquid smoke and butter. Stir through and simmer on low for 10-12 minutes.
- Taste the sauce, and add 1 TBSP at a time as needed. Keep in mind that monk fruit is quite sweet!
- Remove the barbecue sauce from the heat and stir in liquid smoke and butter.
- Let the sauce cool for 10 minutes.
- Next, blend the sauce blender or food processor, then return it to the pot. You might need to do this in two batches.
- Use right away on grilled or smoked meats, or store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Freeze sauce for up to 6 weeks.
- Rewarm the sauce on the stovetop before applying it to grilled and smoked meats.
- To use: Apply to smoked, grilled, or baked meats during the last 30 minutes of cooking. Apply a thin coat of sauce every 10 minutes. You can also serve it as a table sauce or make a creamy sauce. Combine 1 cup sauce, with 1/3 cup real mayonnaise and serve.
Keto Barbecue Sauce
- 2 cups sugar free ketchup
- 2 tablespoons monkfruit sweetener (start with 2 tablespoons and work up from there)
- 2 tablespoons sugar free tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 small sweet onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- Heat oil to a medium saucepan over a medium heat. Add olive oil. Next, add onions and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.Add all remaining ingredients to the saucepan, except liquid smoke and butter. Stir through and simmer on low for 10-12 minutes. Taste the sauce, and add more monk fruit sweetener if needed. Use 1 tablespoon at a time. Keep in mind that this is a powerful sweetner! Remove sauce from the heat and stir in liquid smoke and butter.
- Let the sauce cool for 10 minutes.Next, blend the sauce in two batches and return it back to the pot. Keep warm.Use right away on grilled or smoked meats, or cool sauce completely and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Freeze for up to 6 weeks.Rewarm the sauce before applying to grilled and smoked meats.