How to make sugar-free barbecue sauce

What’s better to put on top of ribs, grilled chicken, or a pulled pork sandwich than barbecue sauce? Unfortunately, barbecue sauce is usually full of sugar. Common ingredients include ketchup, maple syrup, brown sugar, and molasses.

Do your smile a favor and opt for this sugar-free barbecue sauce instead!

How to Make Sugar-Free Barbecue Sauce


  • 3 6 oz cans of tomato paste
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar substitute
  • 1 ½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons yellow mustard
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 bouillon cubes dissolved in ½ cup water


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, sauté the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent (semitransparent).
  2. Add the bouillon in water to the saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat and add all remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Optional: Once the sauce has simmered, set aside and cool completely. Add the sauce to a blender and blend until smooth.

Note: This sugar-free barbecue sauce will keep in the fridge for about a week and can be kept in the freezer for up to 2 months in an airtight container.