If you’re concerned about your health, you’re probably already avoiding added sugars in foods like candy bars, sodas and desserts.

But sugar lurks somewhere else that you may not realize: Condiments.

And the worst of these is barbeque sauce.

Low Carb Paleo Barbecue Sauce: An Oxymoron?

In fact, most commercial brands of BBQ sauce have as much as 120 calories and 30 grams of sugar per quarter cup serving – not to mention high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) – which is proven to throw your body into fat-storage mode.

What’s more, HFCS packs fat in the most dangerous place – your belly.

But here’s the good news: You can give all of your BBQ favorites a healthy makeover while still keeping the traditional flavors your family loves… just by making simple substitutions and choosing intelligent ingredients.

And that’s what we’ve done with this simple and delicious Paleo barbecue sauce.

Paleo Barbecue Sauce - Healing Gourmet

Not only does it have the rich, smoky flavor that makes commercial sauces so tantalizing, it has only 16 calories and less than two grams of sugar per serving. Plus, it’s loaded with antioxidants – thanks to cooked organic tomatoes and powerful age-defying spices.

Use this delicious sauce as a marinade, or baste it on pastured chicken or pork as it cooks on the grill (read more about healthy grilling here).  Spoon over slow cooked grass-fed beef brisket or our delicious pressure cooker pulled pork.

Or get creative and dollop over grass-fed beef hamburgers in crisp lettuce wraps. Round out the meal with a savory cabbage slaw and sweet potato “fries” for a healthy Southern feast your whole family will enjoy!

4.7 from 3 reviews
Low Carb & Paleo Barbeque Sauce
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 20
  • 2 strips pastured bacon, chopped fine
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika or chipotle powder
  • 1 small onion, minced fine
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small can (6 oz) Muir Glen Organic Tomato Paste
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 3 Tbsp. organic spicy mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. organic Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 2 Tbsp. Newman's Own Organic Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. organic molasses
  • Organic hot sauce to taste
  1. In a medium saucepan, add the bacon. Cook until crisp.
  2. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and remaining ingredients.
  4. Simmer 30 minutes, stirring, adding additional hot sauce and spices to taste.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Tbsp.