Keto Barbeque Sauce Recipe

keto barbeque sauce recipe
Grilled and smoked ribs with barbeque sauce on a carving board

This keto barbeque sauce recipe is a welcome addition to grilled meat dishes and can be used as a basting sauce, dipping sauce, or marinade. With its sweet and tangy taste, this barbeque sauce can go well with just about any meat. Best of all, it’s sugar-free, so it’s guaranteed keto-friendly.

Thanks to this sauce, you can now host BBQ parties without worrying about your keto diet. But the great thing about this keto barbeque sauce recipe created by Sarah of Cjs Keto Kitchen is that it is so easy to prepare and requires only 30 minutes of your time!

There are a lot of ingredients in the recipe but I can assure you that they are all necessary to make this sauce the best you’ve ever tasted. Any leftovers can be stored in a jar in the fridge for about 2 weeks. The sauce also freezes well.

Recipe notes

Liquid smoke

I was alarmed when I saw that Sarah includes liquid smoke in this recipe. I avoid chared and smoked food because it contains cancer causing chemicals but I did wonder what liquid smoke actually contains.

I discovered that it’s made from the smoke of burning woodchips that is condensed causing the vapours to liquefy. It then is put through a series of filters which results in a clean,  natural smoke-flavored liquid.

This does not however mean that it’s safe. Studies have shown that the amount of carcinogenic chemical found in liquid smoke depends on the type of hardwood used and the temperature at which it is burned.

So, if you only have it once in a while it may not be harmful. If you are in the habit of eating a lot of charred or burnt food as well as a lot of smoked food then that is a bit risky.

If you are going to use liquid smoke then do be sure to check the label as some liquid smoke products have molasses, vinegar, and other flavorings added to them.

For BBQ food ideas you can find some inspiration in this low carb and keto recipe roundup for 4th July. The recipes can of course be used any time.

Keto Barbeque Sauce Recipe


• 1 cup sugar-free ketchup
• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
• 4 tablespoons brown sugar erythritol
• 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
• 1 teaspoon smoky Chipotle blend
• ½ cup filtered water
• 1 tablespoon soy sauce
• 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
• 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
• 1 teaspoon onion powder
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 ounce bourbon (optional)
• 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (optional)


1. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan.
2. Whisk well and bring the sauce to a low simmer. Make sure to whisk it often.
3. Continue to simmer for ariund 30 minutes.
4. For extra smoothness blend the sauce if you prefer.

Check out Sarah’s video demo of how to prepare this tasty keto barbeque sauce recipe.


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