Low Carb Smokey, Sweet and Hot Barbecue Sauce

"After a trip to Kansas City where I was in barbecue heaven, I got inspired and purchased a smoker and decided to try to make my own low carb, no sugar added barbecue sauce. The regular store bought ones have a ton of sugar in them, and the low carb or sugar free ones taste really bad. After doing some research online, and remebering that my Grandpa used to use coca cola in his venison marinade, I created this tasty concoction in my ver own kitchen. A 12 0z can of diet soda sweetened with splenda and a 6 oz can of tomato paste is a perfect base for a low carb barbecue sauce-if you don't like the flavors in my sauce, use this base and create your own sauce according to your tastes."
photo by a food.com user photo by a food.com user
Ready In:
3 cups




  • heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in pan, Add the onion and cook over medium until soft - 3-5 minutes.
  • Add fresh garlic at this point and cook it for half a minute or so.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, stir to combine.
  • Heat over medium heat till sauce bubbles, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 45-60 minutes. Sauce will cook down a bit and flavors will combine.
  • Add about a half a cup of water at this point to thin the consistency a bit.
  • Note : If you can't find low carb catsup, leave it out, but add about 1 extra tablespoon of vinegar and some sweetener, to taste.
  • Adjust the seasonings so you have the balance you want - you can add vinegar, artificial sweetener, or hot sauce or liquid smoke. (If it's too hot, adding more sweetener will tone it down.).

Questions & Replies

Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. Love it!!
  2. I just made this, I'm going to use it on pork back ribs for Super Bowl Sunday. This sauce is delicious! Really tangy. I made just a couple adjustments to suit our taste. First I doubled the recipe. Also, I had some sugar free maple pancake syrup on hand so I added a tablespoon of that in place of the brown sugar, which I don't have. I also added about 1/2 cup more ketchup (I like a tomato-y BBQ sauce), I used dehydrated onions and garlic powder only. This is easy and delicious and I will be using it again. Can't wait to try it on ribs! Thanks for posting.


30 something, married world traveler living a life of hapiness, joy and general indulgence.For me food is a passion, a hobby and an art form.
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes