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The world's best sugar-free, gluten-free, low carb, healthy BBQ sauce - This simple, easy, homemade recipe has no added sugars (not even honey) and features chili powder and liquid smoke for the familiar flavor you love. The spices work well for any meat.

Homemade Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce Recipe

This easy homemade BBQ sauce recipe makes a low carb, gluten free, dairy free, no sugar added BBQ sauce that actually tastes good!
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cups


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small sweet onion or 1/2 of a large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup low sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free apricot preserves
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon horseradish mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke apple flavor


  • Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic until it smells up the house and gets soft. Reduce heat to medium low.
  • Add ketchup, apricot preserves, chili powder, mustard, and liquid smoke to the pan.
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes, until thickened sufficiently.


Simmer means to cook it just below boiling. It may bubble a bit, but it should not come to a rolling boil. If it boils, turn the heat down to low.
You will need apple-flavored liquid smoke for this recipe. You can buy it on Amazon for just a couple of bucks.
If sugar content is a concern for you as it is for me, you will also want to get some low sugar ketchup, which is also available on Amazon.
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