BBQ Sauce

Smoky sweet BBQ sauce but with no added sugars!
Low Carb No Added Sugar BBQ Sauce

This is a recipe for my low carb, no added sugar BBQ Sauce. Tany, sweet and smokey, great for making Hunters Chicken, for marinating meat or just for dipping!

BBQ sauce

Heinz No Added Sugar Tomato Ketchup has only 5.7g carbs per 100g (please note, this is the NO ADDED SUGAR tomato ketchup with the turquoise label, not the 50% reduced sugar & salt one with a light blue label) and is the ketchup I use for this Hunters Chicken low carb BBQ sauce recipe. You can of course use another brand of no added sugar or sugar free tomato ketchup, but compare the total carbs to the Heinz No Added Sugar one to check it is not too high in carbs.

Heinz tomato ketchups compared

In this recipe I also use liquid smoke. It’s completely optional and can be made without, however if you have liquid smoke or can get some it will really make this low carb BBQ sauce next level! The brand of liquid smoke I use is Colgin and a little goes a long way!

Colgin Liquid Smoke

If you prefer your BBQ sauce to have a kick, then you can add Franks Hot Sauce or chilli into it too.


Low Carb No Added Sugar BBQ Sauce

BBQ Sauce

Smoky sweet BBQ sauce but with no added sugars!
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Course: Condiments, Sauces
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: BBQ sauce
Free or Membership Recipe: Free Recipe
Free from: coconut, dairy, eggs, gluten, nuts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Calories: 122kcal
Author: Jo Paterson


  • 200 grams Heinz No Added Sugar Tomato Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp Worcester sauce
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (or garlic granules/powder & salt)
  • ½ tsp onion granules
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke (optional)
  • 3 tbsp Sukrin gold (brown sweetener) (or sweetener - optional to taste)
  • water as needed


  • Add tomato ketchup, Worcester sauce, vinegar, smoked paprika, garlic salt, onion granules and liquid smoke to a bowl and stir really well
  • Taste a small amount of the BBQ sauce and add sweetener to taste. Sukrin gold is a brown sweetener which adds a caramelised taste, however other sweeteners will not add this and will only sweeten the sauce, so test and see then add sweetener to your liking (Note: If using a granulated sweetener which is granulated in crystals like sugar, it is best to wait 5-10 minutes then taste to ensure the granules have dissolved)
  • Add water a tbsp at a time as needed to make the BBQ sauce to a consistency where it is pourable but thick enough to stick and coat meat or anything for dipping


Storage: This BBQ sauce will last in a sealed jar or container in the refrigerator for approximately 2 weeks
For this recipe I use Sukrin Gold which is an erythritol blend brown sugar alternative. It really helps the flavour of the BBQ sauce, however it can be hard to source as it usually only available to purchase online or in health food stores and can be expensive.
Sukrin gold
The brand of xylitol that I use in many of my recipes which will work as a suitable substitute to Sukrin Gold and is most widely available in larger supermarkets is Total Sweet. To find a local stockist, please check this link. It is important to note that xylitol, although a natural sweetener, is highly toxic to dogs, so no sharing your GD treats with your furry friends!
total sweet xylitol
If you have IBS or similar conditions, then you may find xylitol triggers your symptoms. If this the case for you, erythritol sweeteners are what I recommend using instead of xylitol as erythritol has little to no impact on the gastric system.
Artificial powdered sweeteners such as sucralose (like Splenda) or aspartame (like Canderel) can be used in the sauce but they may raise blood glucose levels and cause a bitter aftertaste.
For the best outcomes with this recipe it is best to use the ingredients recommended and in the quantities stated.
Nutritional info. is based on the whole amount made (approx. 250g of BBQ sauce)


Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | of which saturates: 1g | Fibre: 2g | of which sugars: 11g