This low-carb Dr Pepper barbecue sauce is sweet, smoky, and spicy with real Texas barbecue flavor. It’s easy to make in just a couple of minutes in the blender and goes well with brisket, chicken, or anything else you’d like to put barbecue sauce on.
I love barbecue, which shouldn’t be a total surprise considering that I am from Texas, right? Every Sunday, and I mean every Sunday, we stop at a little place between church and our house and pick up Sunday dinner. I appreciate it because it means I can relax and forget about cooking for a day but it also means I almost always fall off the low-carb wagon because good barbecue sauce is high in carbs.
All of my kids are going to be home for Christmas. With four in the military it takes a major act of God for this to happen — it will be the first Christmas we’ve all been together in about 10 years. It’s the first chance, and probably the last, to get the family pictures I want complete with in-laws and grandkids. You can’t even imagine how excited I am… but it also means I really want to stick to my low -carb lifestyle so I look OK in the pictures. Falling off the low-carb wagon even for one day is just not in the cards.
So while everyone was eating their barbecue yesterday and I was picking at the naked brisket on my plate I started thinking about my recipe for Dr Pepper barbecue sauce and I realized I could make a low-carb version without much trouble. Believe it or not in about five minutes I had exactly what I wanted. It was tangy, spicy, and sweet with a good, thick consistency and just under 1-1/2 carbs per tablespoon.
I think I can live with that.
This is a “raw” sauce – you don’t have to cook it. If you’d like a thicker texture you can simmer it for awhile and that will make the flavors meld a little more and give it a slightly different flavor. Brush it on chicken before you grill it, too. I made southwestern mashed cauliflower to go with it and it was not only delicious — I wasn’t hungry for the rest of the day, either.
This recipe makes about a cup and a half — or about 24 tablespoons. I usually only need a tablespoon but even if you use two it’s still under 3 grams of carbs. Make sure you are using a sugar-free tomato paste like Hunt’s, though. Some of them have added sugar.
Low-Carb Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce
- Open the tomato paste and put into a blender.
- Add the remaining ingredients.
- Blend until smooth.
- If the mixture is too thick add a little water.
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