The Worlds Best Barbeque Sauce (sugar free)

It is grilling season, so it’s time to whip up my secret weapon. I have been adapting and changing this recipe for so many years that I don’t remember what I originally started with. All I remember is that I had a half used can of tomato paste in the fridge I was trying to get rid of, and this recipe was somehow born. I love that it has no sugar, but still tastes sweet and has this great spicy kick that goes well with just about any meat. I also really love the base of nourishing bone broth, which you can never have too much of.  Tonight we’re grilling bone-in pork ribs from our local farmer with some cornbread. Mmmm, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

The Worlds Best Barbeque Sauce

makes 2 cups

1 Tbsp grass-fed butter or coconut oil

1 cup sweet onion, diced small

1 Tbsp soy sauce

3-4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp dry mustard powder

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp basil

1 tsp chipotle chili powder

1 Tbsp chili powder

1 can (6 oz) tomato paste

1 1/2 cups homemade chicken stock (or beef or vegetable)

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/2-1 tsp stevia powder (or sweetener of choice)

Heat butter/oil in sauce pan and sauté onion for 3-4 minutes until translucent. Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. You can serve it just like this, but I like to boil it down to thicken it a while. I turn down the heat, cover the pan and let it simmer for 20 minutes or so. I also find the longer cooking time melds the flavors, and it turns out even more delicious.

I have used this sauce on every cut of pork, beef and chicken that I can think of. It is a great marinade, basting sauce, oven baking glaze and dipping sauce. If you are feeding young kids or someone who doesn’t like spicy food you may want to add the chili powder a little bit at a time and taste as you go.

If you want to make this even healthier, you could let it cool and add 2 tbsp of whey and leave it on the counter over night. Then you would have a sugar-free probiotic condiment.

This keeps for 3 weeks in the fridge, and also freezes very well. If you eat as much meat as we do, it won’t last you that long :)

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  1. May 16, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Sounds divine!

  2. ybertaud9 said,

    May 16, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Yum! I’ll do this next time I BBQ, will use Tamari sauce in place of soy sauce. Thanks for posting. ;-)

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  4. Laura said,

    May 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    This is great, I’m so over sugary BBQ sauces, this looks perfect!

  5. May 16, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Oh the RIBS!!!!!! Oh I am drooling! That looks, WOW! Yum oh yum! :D

  6. May 17, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    This looks great! I can’t wait to try it. I’m so glad it doesn’t have ketchup or sugar in the list of ingredients.

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  8. A. Dephue said,

    October 17, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    “… thicken it a while.”. Are you in PA? I am going to try this, probably tonight.

  9. Gerry Earl said,

    October 22, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    I’m soo excited about this recipe! I was just googling sugar free bbq sauce, and this one site had 6 recipes that ALL HAD MORE SUGAR IN THEM THEN THE STUFF IN THE STORES!!! lol!!! Anyways, pinned it and posted it to FB already!!!! Going to make this soon! : ) Thanks for help keeping me abstinent from sugar and flour!!! : )

  10. Pat Tulskie said,

    November 9, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Love this recipe! I make pulled pork in crockpot and use the saved liquid (minus the fat that rises to top) instead of the stock. I also add a little smoked paprika.

  11. shannon mcclellan said,

    November 13, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    i thought it tasted like spaghetti sauce

  12. kate said,

    December 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Excellent sauce! Really, really good. Found it by googling “recipe sugar free barbecue sauce” This goes in my favorites. Thank You!

  13. Ryatta said,

    January 20, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    This is awesome! Since my girl friend became diabetic I’ve been searching down sugar free varient’s of everything… Can’t wait to give this a try!

  14. Debbie said,

    January 26, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Has anyone else tried it yet?

  15. Kevin said,

    February 2, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    I just whipped up a batch and I must say its really really good. Very flavorful and just the right amount of spice

  16. March 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I am interested in using your BBQ Sauce and Spoon image. Did you shoot it? If so, please contact me via email and the sauce sounds delicious.

  17. Toni said,

    March 29, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I added a scant 1/2-teaspoon of liquid smoke…very good.

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  19. CJ Huang said,

    May 28, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Looks like a great BBQ sauce! I’ve been looking for a new one. :)

  20. Joshua said,

    June 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Just wanted to say thanks. I found this when looking for some sauce my diabetic mother came over when we grilled and this has become our all time favorite BBQ sauce.

  21. June 24, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    That is a great tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
    Simple but very precise information… Thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read post!

  22. teddynola said,

    July 6, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    BEWARE! This is disgusting. The only ingredients left out were oregano and chipotle chili powder, though I doubt this would save this recipe.

    • July 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      Teddynola (terri), it’s a shame that you didn’t like it. I don’t know what you’re comparing it too, however. We eat very little sugar in our house, and most store-bought barbeque sauce is very sweet. I tasted some store-bought barbeque sauce at a friends house last weekend and couldn’t eat it, it was so sugary. I like the spicy, tangy tomato flavor of this homemade recipe. Keep trying and experimenting, I’m sure you’ll come up with a recipe that you do like. To each his own right? Let us know what you come up with. BTW, if you try a recipe and leave out ingredients when you make it, you’re not really trying the recipe.

      • Lee said,

        July 18, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        You’re so sweet and diplomatic. That person’s comment was just rude. It would be one thing if they gave specifics of what they felt were wrong. However when all they do is insult it without offering any reasoning or constructive alterations then it’s as bad as trolling.

  23. Derick said,

    July 24, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Fantastic posts, Appreciate it!

  24. leslie said,

    November 15, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    OMG!!!! This blog is so advanced! Thank you so much. So excited to have found this.

    How long does this sauce last?

    • January 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Leslie, It sure depends on how fast you eat it! :) We have never had a chance to let it go bad, because it gets consumed in a hurry. But I imagine that about a month in the fridge would be fine.

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