Smokey Keto Barbecue Sauce | Sugar – free recipe

Smokey Keto Barbecue Sauce | Sugar – free recipe

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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 ready for when I am ready to cook up some nicely glazed protein, use it for a marinade or a dipping sauce.

When I first made a keto barbecue sauce I used it as a glaze. I then took it a little further into a full-blown barbecue sauce as I knew that the combination of the blackberries and coffee would be perfectly balanced.  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

You may also notice that I used Nespresso pods, for the actual finely ground coffee (and yes you actually put the ground coffee into the sauce, I just use ones that I have already used to make the espresso.  Call it recycling if you wish.

Mad Creations Keto Barbecue Sauce on pork rib s

It really is a fabulous sauce that everyone is going to love trust me you need to give this recipe a try.

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Mad Creations Smokey Keto Barbecue Sause

Smokey Keto Barbecue Sauce

This keto barbecue sauce truly deserves to be bottled and sold it is that good!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Sauce/Marinade
Cuisine: American Barbecue
Keyword: keto barbecue sauce
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Servings: 25 serves
Calories: 13kcal
Author: Megan


  • 300 g espresso coffee
  • 2 pods or tbsp coffee grounds I recommend 2 Nespresso pods (used)
  • 120 g sweetener I use erythritol
  • 60 g blackstrap molasses or Sukrin Gold 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 Fire apple cider vinegar
  • 100 g tomato paste


  • Add coffee, ground coffee, sweetener, molasses, black strap molasses, and blackberries to saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat until it starts to turn syrupy, then add rest of ingredients.
  • Stir and reduce heat and cook until you have a sauce consistency.


Blackstrap molasses while still a form of sugar has more health benefits to it then any simple sugar. To be completely sugar free choose to use the Sukrin Gold syrup


Serving: 1serve | Calories: 13kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 90mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2.9% | Vitamin C: 1.6% | Calcium: 0.8% | Iron: 1.9%
Tried this recipe?Mention @meganellam or tag #madcreations!


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This Post Has 9 Comments

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

    1. Hi Jan, you are correct the details have been changed. The difference between serving measure was the problem.

  2. 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

    1. I am guessing it would work fine for sure

  3. 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?

    1. 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

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

    1. Sure can

      1. 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?

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