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Homemade Texas BBQ Sauce

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Let me start by saying that my family are condiment junkies. We have an entire pantry shelf dedicated to condiments and half of my fridge door.

Finding keto-friendly sauces is particularly hard as the big manufacturers love to throw heaps of sugar in theirs, and sometimes the sugar-free ones can taste a bit vinegary.

This sauce is sweet and a bit spicy, with complex flavours and is perfect poured on EVERYTHING! Just last week I used it to marinate and then slow cook some baby back ribs and it was absolute perfection. Enjoy!

Hands-on Overall

Serving size 1 tbsp/ 15 ml

Allergy information for Homemade Texas BBQ Sauce

✔  Gluten free
✔  Egg free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, 1 tbsp/ 15 ml)

Net carbs1.5 grams
Protein0.4 grams
Fat2.2 grams
Calories28 kcal
Calories from carbs 22%, protein 6%, fat 72%
Total carbs2.1 gramsFiber0.6 gramsSugars0.4 gramsSaturated fat1.2 gramsSodium155 mg(7% RDA)Magnesium10 mg(3% RDA)Potassium70 mg(4% EMR)

Ingredients (makes about 360 ml/ 12 fl oz)

  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter (57 g/ 2 oz)
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 2 medium stalks of celery, finely chopped (g/ oz)
  • 2 tsp cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup beef stock or bone broth
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free ketchup (120 g/ 4.2 oz) - you can make your own ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
  • 4 tbsp coconut aminos (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp mustard powder (9 g/ 0.3 oz)
  • 2 tbsp yacon syrup or blackstrap molasses (30 ml) or use low-carb sweetener of choice, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder, or more to taste
  • sea salt and ground pepper, to taste


  1. Place the butter in a small saucepan over medium high heat until butter has melted. Add the onion, celery and garlic and cook gently until they are translucent and softened. Pour the beef stock in and bring to the boil.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer and add all of the remaining ingredients. Simmer on low for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Homemade Texas BBQ Sauce
  3. Remove the sauce from the heat and allow it to cool until it is hot but not boiling.
  4. Pour the sauce into a blender or food processor and blitz until very smooth.
    Homemade Texas BBQ Sauce
  5. Pour the sauce into a lidded jar and seal immediately. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. For longer storage freeze in an ice tray for up to 6 months. Homemade Texas BBQ Sauce

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1 tbsp/ 15 ml)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Butter, unsalted, grass-fed
0 g0 g1.9 g17 kcal
Onion, brown (yellow), raw
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Celery stalk, fresh
0 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Beef bone broth, beef stock
0 g0.1 g0.1 g1 kcal
0.3 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Apple cider vinegar
0 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Coconut aminos (substitute to soy sauce)
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Mustard seed, ground (mustard powder), spices
0.1 g0.1 g0.1 g2 kcal
Yacon syrup, natural sweetener
0.7 g0 g0 g3 kcal
Paprika, smoked (spices)
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Chile (chili) powder, spices (ancho, chipotle, Mexican chile powder)
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, 1 tbsp/ 15 ml
1.5 g0.4 g2.2 g28 kcal

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An accomplished home cook who was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease eight years ago, Naomi started to explore the connection between healthy, whole food and her symptoms, and a new love was born.

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