This smoky barbecue sauce is full of flavor but low in carbs.
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This low carb and sugar free sauce requires a few ingredients, but only requires a minimal cooking time. It’s the perfect accompaniment to roast chicken, pulled pork or ribs, but you could also use it in wraps and for much more!
In a saucepan, mix together tomato sauce (from a can, not ketchup!), cider vinegar, minced garlic (or garlic paste), dry mustard powder, paprika, sweetener and the key ingredient: liquid smoke. Liquid smoke is an all-natural flavor enhancer with no carbs, no additives, and no preservatives. It packs quite a punch and is perfect for making this sauce.
As for the sweetener, it’s really up to you what you want to add. I’ve tried Da Vinci sweetening syrup before and that works well. Granulated Swerve has a good taste but does contain a few carbs (if you count sugar alcohols). I’d recommend adding a little at a time of whatever sweetener you choose, and keep taste testing! Once you have the desired sweetness, add black pepper and salt if required.
Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for five minutes. This is one of those sauces that will actually taste better the next day, so make it in advance if you can!
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- 8 oz canned tomato sauce
- 2 tbs cider vinegar
- 1-2 tsp dry mustard powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- ½ tsp minced garlic or garlic paste
- preferred low carb sweetener to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients to a saucepan, adding preferred sweetener, salt and pepper to taste.
- Bring to the boil then reduce to simmer for five minutes.
Makes about ⅔ cup of sauce. 3g net carbs per serving of 3-4 tablespoons.
This recipe was adapted from my chocolate barbecue sauce recipe, which is featured in my book: Low Carb Chocolate Recipes!