Smokey Keto Barbecue Sauce | Sugar-free

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I am serious that this Smokey Keto Barbecue Sauce is seriously that good it truly should be bottled and sold!

I am not joking when I say how good this sauce really is.  Even now I have a huge jar of it in the fridge.  A good sauce should always be handy for a marinade or a dipping sauce.

When I first made this smokey keto barbecue sauce I used it as a glaze.

 This sugar free sauce works wonders on ribs, a baked ham, sausages and even chicken and wings.

Mad Creations Keto Barbecue Sauce in a jar

smokey keto barbecue sauce ingredients

300 ml espresso coffee – yes that is just over a cup of hot coffee. I use 2 Nespresso pods for 2 shots to make up the 300 ml. I then use then ground coffee in the pods in the mix as well. Even if you are not a coffee lover the sauce is just enriched by the coffee rather than flavoured.

Sweeteners – erythritol, black strap molasses (or Sukrin Gold) and blackberries sweeten this sugar-free barbecue sauce. If you have ever made barbecue sauce before following a low carb lifestyle, then you will know it is FULL of sugars. To get the same kind of sweetness I have used a few natural sweeteners with a lot less carbs to keep the carb count down. Blackberries help to add the stickiness to the sauce. 

Fire Apple Cider – I choose to use a vinegar with a bit of spice. Any vinegar can be substituted in its place.

Mad Creations Keto Barbecue Sauce on pork rib s

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Keto Smokey Barbecue Sauce on pork ribs


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Mad Creations Smokey Keto Barbecue Sause

Smokey Keto Barbecue Sauce

This smokey keto barbecue sauce truly deserves to be bottled and sold it is that good!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Course: Sauce/Marinade
Cuisine: American Barbecue
Keyword: keto barbecue sauce, smokey keto barbecue sauce
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 5kcal
Servings: 40 serves
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  • 300 ml hot espresso coffee
  • 2 pods or tbsp finely ground coffee I recommend 2 Nespresso pods (used)
  • 120 g sweetener I use erythritol
  • 60 g Sukrin Gold Fibre Syrup
  • 24 blackberries crushed
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 60 g apple cider vinegar
  • 100 g tomato paste


  • Add coffee, ground coffee, sweetener, fiber syrup, and blackberries to saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat until it starts to turn syrupy. Add remaining ingredients and continue to simmer until sauce reduces to a "sauce" consistency.


  1. Store sauce in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 1 month.
  2. Can be stored in freezer for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1serve | Calories: 5kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg | Magnesium: 2mg | Net Carbs: 0g
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  • Jan M says:

    No carbs listed but only one calorie when there’s molasses (sugar) and blueberries also fruit sugar…can you allay my fears please

  • Renee W says:

    Hi Megan, I have had your meat dust marinating on my pork ribs since Sunday ready for tomorrow night’s dinner and wondered if I could shortcut the sauce cooking process and make it in the thermomix?
    I was thinking i would just throw all the ingredients in and cook 100 degrees/reverse / stirring speed/ 15 – 20 mins.
    What do you think?
    Cheers Renee

  • Suzanne McEwen says:

    Hi Megan, I must make some it’s a favourite of my partners. Before I can, can you please tell me what Fire apple cider vinegar is. Also if I brewed myself some espresso coffee can I use these coffee grounds & how much would I need?

    • Megan says:

      Hi Suzanne, Fire Apple Cider Vinegar is available in coles and woolworths in the Gluten Free sections. Just use a couple of tbsp of coffee grounds

  • Therese says:

    Sounds yum! Strict Ketoer here though, could I sub the molasses for Surkin Gold syrup?

      • Therese says:

        Brilliant! Thank you, plan to use this delicious recipe as a glaze for our baked Christmas Ham.
        Usually do my ham with melted apricot conserve ‘painted on’ then a mix of roughly crushed macadamias & brown sugar & smoosh this mix on to make a sweet crunchy coating. Will sub the brown sugar for Surkin Gold granulated. Fingers crossed it works the same. Do think it might work?

  • Megan says:

    5 stars
    A firm favourite sauce of mine.

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