Sugar Free Smoky Tomato and Mango BBQ Sauce

I love BBQ! It was one of the things on my “pro” list of moving from CT to South Carolina. Since I’ve been doing low carb though, I haven’t been able to find a decent sugar free BBQ sauce anywhere around here. I’m shocked by this personally, because I know they exist and you would think there would be a market for it here in the South if anywhere, but no.

So a couple of weeks ago I set out to make my own sugar free BBQ sauce.  It tasted fantastic, but unfortunately the lack of sugar means it doesn’t caramelize on the meat in that sticky, sweet glaze that I love so much.  When I made ribs with it they tasted delicious, but they never caramelized – the sauce just kind of dried on and frankly looked pretty unappetizing, which is why I never posted it.

With Superbowl coming up I thought I’d test it out again, but this time I’d add it to pulled pork so the lack of caramelization wouldn’t be an issue.  I made sliders for my guests and just ate it plain for myself.  It really came out great, and my non low carb friends wouldn’t have known it was sugar free if I hadn’t told them.



Ingredients :

  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar substitute (Splenda, Truvia, Swerve, etc.)
  • 1 Tbsp liquid smoke (I used hickory)
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp Texas Pete hot sauce
  • 2 Tbsp dehydrated onions
  • 1 Tbsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp sugar free mango syrup (optional)

Instructions :

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook down for about 30 minutes or until the consistency you want.
  2. Taste and adjust for sweetness, salt and heat to your preference.

Written by Healthy Cat

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