Low-Carb Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce

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.

This super easy, low-carb Dr Pepper barbecue sauce is done in a matter of minutes. Its sweet, spicy, smoky flavor is perfect for beef, pork, or chicken. From Lowcarb-ology.com

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.

This low carb Dr Pepper barbecue sauce is quick and easy with big Texas flavor and under 2 carbs per serving. Lowcarb-ology.com

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.

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Low-Carb Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Sweet, smoky, and spicy BBQ sauce made with Diet Dr Pepper is delicious over beef, chicken, or pork. It's super easy to make and has just 1.4 carbs per tablespoon!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Marye Audet

Ingredients

  • 1 6- ounce can tomato paste make sure it doesn't contain sugar
  • 1 cup diet Dr Pepper
  • 1/3 cup of water or more
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • Stevia to taste

Instructions

  • 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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Last Updated 11/09/2019

14 Responses to “Low-Carb Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce”

  1. Marye, this is fabulous sauce. So much flavor and can’t believe how low carb….

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    • 🙂 I can’t live without BBQ sauce!

  2. dr pepper is one of my all time faves for BBQ sauce!! I bet his lo-carb version is just as delicious

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    • I think so. 😉

  3. This looks so flavorful and fantastic!

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  4. I just made my own barbecue marinade sauce., next time I’ll try your low carb version, thx for sharing Merye.

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  5. I’ll have to try this barbecue sauce next time I fire up the grill.

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  6. I love Diet Dr Pepper, such a cool way to use it and creative!:)

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  7. I made mine with cherry coke zero so good and so low carb. Thx

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    • 🙂 I’ll have to try that. I bet that would be good, too!

  8. Hello, I’m very excited about your recipes. I was wondering if you were doing this for weight or health reasons or both? And has it helped you in either Area. I’m very much over weight and just started low carb today. I’ve bought many things to help me and my husband stay on track. Any pointers you can give me would be appreciated.

    Thank you!
    Darla

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    • I had my thyroid removed and this is the only way i can maintain my weight. 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    YESSSS! So happy I found this! I can’t wait to try this BBQ sauce on ribs!

    Reply
    • I hope you like it! 🙂

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