This sweet and tangy bbq sauce recipe has a southern zing to it! You’ll love it as a dip or marinade for chicken and pork…and the great thing about the sauce is that it is low in calories, fat and carbs. It is a Fuel Pull for the Trim Healthy Mama, and works well for those following Keto or a low carb lifestyle.
Is Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce Easy to Make?
This sauce may require 12 ingredients, but don’t let that scare you from making it!
The majority of ingredients in this sauce are seasonings and spices…and you probably already have most of them in your spice cupboard.
It is super easy to make. You just pour everything in a pot except for the glucomannan, mix as it heats on the stovetop, and then add glucomannan last to thicken! Easy peasy!!
What Ingredients Do I Need To Make This BBQ Sauce?
Like I mentioned above, you may have most if not all the ingredients needed to make this, but here is a list of what you’ll need!
- apple cider vinegar
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- liquid smoke
- citric acid
- mineral salt
- stevia extract powder
- tomato paste
- ground mustard
What Makes BBQ Sauce Sweet and Tangy?
There is sweetener is most every bottle of bbq sauce, but there is no sugar in this recipe. Stevia is what makes this bbq sauce sweet, and it’s so good!
The “tang” comes from apple cider vinegar. You only need a little bit of ACV to add that zing to make a great bbq sauce.
Other seasonings and spices add their own special flavors as well.
BBQ Sauce Can Be Used As Sauce, Dip or Marinade
Whether you want to pour this sauce over your favorite meat, use as a dip for homemade chicken nuggets, or allow your chicken or pork to marinate in it, you’re in for a treat!
If using this sauce as a marinade, you wouldn’t want to add too much glucomannan.
Glucomannan is a thickener so the more you add to your sauce, the thicker it will be.
When marinating your chicken, it’s best to let it set in the fridge overnight for best flavors, but if in a hurry, let it marinate for at least a few hours.
Do I Have To Add Citric Acid To BBQ Sauce?
Citric acid is added to preserve the flavors of food, especially during canning season.
It also adds acid to your bbq sauce without having to use too much vinegar.
If you choose to not add citric acid to this bbq sauce, it’s not the end of the world.
Citric acid does not make your food taste different, and it takes the place of lemon, vinegar or other acids that would change the flavor of your food.
Recipes That Call For BBQ Sauce
There are so many bbq recipes in the world, but I’ll share a couple of my favorites here!
Easy BBQ Chicken Dip – Easy BBQ chicken dip is a healthy, low carb and sugar free appetizer that your friends and family are certain to love! Creamy and incredibly tasty, you are sure to receive much gratitude for bringing this dip to your parties!
BBQ Cheesy Meatloaf Muffins – There’s nothing quite like the flavor combination of bbq and cheese! Meatloaf is delicious when made this way, and you’ll have leftovers to freeze!
Can I Just Buy Store Bought BBQ Sauce?
With homemade recipes, you are guaranteed to know exactly what is in your food.
That being said, you are more than welcome to buy your bbq sauce if you are a Drive-Thru-Sue (Trim Healthy Mama term).
There are several options for a store-bought, sugar-free bbq sauce, but just a warning, not all of them are on the THM plan.
If you are just desperate for bbq sauce, buying a sugar free options is better than having all the sugar and corn syrup-filled sauces!
G. Hugh’s sugar free bbq sauce is actually rather tasty and could be a personal choice item!
Sweet Baby Ray’s No Sugar Added bbq sauce is another one I saw that some have used. I personally haven’t tried it.
Primal Kitchen sugar free bbq sauce is another brand that many people have tried and loved.
How Long Does Homemade BBQ Sauce Last In The Fridge?
Once your cooked bbq sauce is cooled completely, you may pour it into a small Mason jar or container with an airtight lid and store in your fridge for a week to 10 days.
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This sweet and tangy bbq sauce recipe has a southern zing to it! You'll love it as a dip or marinade for chicken and pork...and the great thing about the sauce is that it is low in calories, fat and carbs. It is a Fuel Pull for the Trim Healthy Mama, and works well for those following Keto or a low carb lifestyle.
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1/4 teaspoon citric acid
- 1/8 teaspoon mineral salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- scant 1/4 teaspoon THM stevia extract powder
- 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon glucomannan
- Mix all ingredients except the glucomannan in pot on the stovetop on low heat.
- Once everything is mixed well, add glucomannan while whisking the whole time.
- It will thicken more as it cools, so if you don't want a super thick sauce, only add 1/4 teaspoon of glucomannan.
- Pour in a small mason jar or another container with airtight lid and store in the refrigerator for a week to 10 days.