I have a confession. I’m addicted to barbecue meats and the sauce must come correct or don’t come at all. I have tried a lot of sauces in the past and these days, I am searching for ones without added sugar to lower my daily sugar intake. I came up with seven tasty selections.
So, let’s kick off summer with my reviews and rankings of sugar-free BBQ sauces. I am featuring seven store-bought products that are available at major grocery chains or on Amazon and range in price from about $5 to $12.
Focusing mainly on original flavors to keep it simple, I ate a dollop of each from a spoon and evaluated each based on the smell, thickness and taste. I fancied all the condiments individually; however, next to their competitors, however, some fell short with my assistant agreeing for the most part.
Browse the list below and pick one or more to try and enjoy your own taste test at home.
Lillie’s Q Zero Sugar Carolina
This tomato-based discovery features everything a sauce should have, a sweet-spicy balance with a tang. It comes out of the bottle nice and slowly. Don’t let the acidic vinegar fumes fool you. This liquid gold is smooth and it rests gently on the tongue. The sucralose, a sugar substitute and molasses only add a trivial amount of sugar. I must say I’m pleasantly surprised how much I like this one.
Sweet Baby Ray’s No Sugar Added Original Barbecue Sauce
This scrumptious sauce comes a close second. It flows with ease onto the utensil. Its smokiness excites me even though it has a pungent tomato presence. It includes sucralose that did not overpower the other ingredients. It serves up an old-fashioned, mouthwatering familiarity needed for the soul right now.
Guy’s Award-Winning Sugar Free BBQ Sauce, Original
This regional savory gem, owned by G. Hughes mentioned below (#5), offers a standard tomatoey sauce with yummy bits of onions. Although this one uses sucralose, it complements the heat well. My assistant ranks this equal to Lillie’s and would select it depending on his mood.
Rufus Teague Slim N’ Sweet, Sugar Free
This one falls in the middle with its sexy glass flask and heavy movement. The vinegar-forward sauce consists of sugar (stevia) and seasonings that provide a one-two punch. I enjoy the layers of flavors and its hickory scent. It drives me wild, but a trace of metallic taste from the tomatoes lingered.
Hughes Sugar Free BBQ Sauce, Original
A whiff of this thick smoky sauce will teleport you to a juke joint in the South. It exudes a traditional aroma of tomato and vinegar. Its sweetness, however, leaves a synthetic aftertaste due to the sucralose. With only two grams of carbohydrates, I’ll still buy it for the auntie who is on the ketogenic (keto) diet.
Primal Kitchen Classic BBQ Sauce, Organic and Unsweetened
This tomato-based sauce releases a mixture of onion and chipotle fragrance. It pours slightly thick and delivers a kick. It contains no artificial sweeteners, which allows natural ingredients to shine. Its texture reminds me of cocktail sauce. I think it would be best used for dipping grilled seafood.
True Made Foods Carolina Red BBQ Sauce, No Sugar
This slow-moving Red holds its own. It wakes the palate with an on-the-vine tomato smell. The vegetable dominates the other components and comes across like a well-seasoned ketchup for burgers. It should be treated as such. Nevertheless, I appreciate the clean finish, a testament to the company’s name.
An honorable mention is Keto Primo BBQ Sauce I reviewed in March. It’s worth adding to your list too.