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One Of These 7 Low Carb BBQ Sauce Options Will Make Your Favorite Wings

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These 4 Easy To Find Low Carb BBQ Sauce Bottles Are All You Need For This Simple Keto Wing Recipe That Is Insanely Easy.


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There are so many ways to enjoy low carb BBQ chicken, but what is more classic than a plate of crispy and saucy chicken wings?

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To understand BBQ sauce, we need to first know what barbecue is.  Apparently, the Q can replace the C.  Do you know how sometimes you see something that you’ve seen a million times before, but all of a sudden it looks weird?

I don’t know which spelling I prefer and now both look weird to me.  Are you a barbecue or a barbeque person?

Regardless, the word is really a term used to describe various cooking methods that use live fire and smoke.  Check out Wikipedia if you want to geek out on the cooking method and its history.

BBQ sauce is used for meat and I guess veggies that are cooked barbecue style.  I guess I like the word with a C the most.  Now only the Q looks weird.

But what is in the sauce?  In a very general sense, the base consists of:

  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sugar
  • Ketchup
  • Worcestershire Sauce

As with most things, this list changes based on the region or the individual’s preference.  For example, Texas-style BBQ is very different from Alabama-style which is a white sauce.

We’re going to focus on a specific version, too.  A low-carb BBQ sauce.


Did you catch the trigger word in the list of items making up this sauce?  It’s sugar.  Traditional sugar is a no-no.  Luckily, there are keto versions for us to explore!

Everyone has their favorite.  Sweet Baby Ray’s is, without a doubt, my number one.  This is the first of 7 we’ll explore today.

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1.  Sweet Baby Ray’s (no Sugar Added) is a delicious low-carb treat and is #1 on this list and in my home.

While it’s number one to me, it may not even be on the list for you.  I’ll admit my fondness was born in the sugary-sweet ‘regular’ version I inhaled as a kid.  Summers were full of BBQ chicken on the grill and this was my favorite year-round chicken tender dipping sauce.

However, many people complain that it’s just a thick sugar sauce that is far from the many delicious variations available.  If you’re on the fence, this may sway you.

The carb total is 1 net carb for 2 tablespoons and this item is easily accessible from stores like Walmart, Target, and Amazon.  Sometimes easy trumps delicious.

2.  G. Hughes Sugar Free BBQ Sauce is only 2 net carbs per serving.

This is another easy-to-find product when BBQ wings are calling your name.  This is also the brand to try if you’re interested in exploring different flavors. 

G. Hughes has a whole line of sugar-free options.  Some are carried at my local Walmart, you can find them on Amazon, and at Acme grocery stores (in my area).  I assume other big-name grocers also carry this popular brand that people on Reddit report is better than Ray’s.

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I like some of these better than others but it’s definitely worth the trial and error to find the ones you love.  The selection is impressive for those following a low-sugar lifestyle.  However, the price is less attractive setting you back almost $10 more than Sweet Baby Ray’s. The bottle is bigger, so there’s that, I guess.  

3.  Yo Mama’s BBQ Sauce is keto and paleo approved.

I searched high and low for a bottle of this brand.  Ok, that’s a bit strong.  I had it in my Walmart cart but then forgot to buy it.  I will (pinky promise) try it with the next round of wings.

Besides loving the name, I love the 1 net carb and 0 calorie tally.  There were some good reviews online, too!  Here are 2  good ones and 1 sassy one:

Now I don’t have to make my own!

As someone who grew up eating BBQ sauce on most everything, (I used it instead of Ketchup), it is wonderful to now have a healthy delicious option.

Good Clean BBQ Sauce

My husband loves this stuff! He eats it on many different dishes and sandwiches. We’re LCHF with our meals and we need clean ingredients in our food. This sauce fits the bill.

Blandest Sauce In The Universe

Honestly, it has absolutely NO FLAVOR. I got the low-calorie version because I’m cutting some weight. Does the regular sauce taste this bland? No heat. No spice at all. It tastes like two drops of vinegar in a water bottle. YES, it’s that bland. I knew a lot of companies cut back production sourcing after Covid, but this is ridiculous. This is not BBQ sauce.

I’ll give it a go, but have you tried it?

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4.  Primal Kitchen’s Low-Carb BBQ Sauce was recommended so I gave it a go.

In the middle of the BBQ sauce aisle at Target was Primal Kitchen’s organic and unsweetened sauce.  From time to time, I cheat on my beau, Ray. 

At first glance, it seemed a solid choice with 2.5 net carbs and 15 calories per serving.  I was less impressed with the price tag of $6 + dollars.  I think all condiments should be around 3 bucks.  But, at any rate, this is market research for one of my favorite foods, so this isn’t a time to be cheap.

Though I have a strange report to provide.  I found there was far more flavor in the sauce when enjoyed cold.  How could that be?  I made my wings as I always do and sat down to enjoy them.  Which I did.  But since I made so many, I put the remaining in the fridge.

Another day later, I reached for one as I scanned options for lunch.  To my surprise, it was more delicious than the previous day.  Almost as if heating the sauce mellowed the important notes of a solid BBQ.  

I don’t understand it, but if you’re down for leftovers and you enjoy them cold, this one is great!

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5 – 7. Control the flavors you love by making your own low-carb BBQ sauce.

Buying a condiment or sauce is always easier than making your own when you’re pressed for time.  But we all know making our own is best when we care about ingredients and flavor.  Here are 3 pretty easy recipes to try!


Let’s get into my preferred, no-fuss, way to make crispy wings tonight.  

First, buy the wings you want.  I almost always go with a bag of frozen ones that I leave out on the counter for about 30 minutes while pre-heating the oven and preparing the sheet pans.  

Today’s wings are brought to you by Trader Joe’s.  In-city pricing places these at $9.99 for the bag which had 19 wings (including drumsticks) inside.

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The chicken skin will stick to the sheet pans so make sure you line them.  Here, I used a little spray oil to hold down the parchment paper. 

Next, prepare your sauce while the chicken bakes.  A long time ago, I worked at a local pub-style restaurant.  The kind that allowed you to eat free peanuts and throw the shells on the floor.  That was fun for the customers.  That was NOT FUN for me at 1AM as my closing duty included sweeping the entire floor of shells.  However, the food was pretty damn good and the Chef always added a little butter to his BBQ and buffalo sauce.  He said it coated the wings better.  I still copy him to this day and I still hate to sweep.

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I like the wings this crispy.

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Finally, add the cooked wings to your BBQ and butter sauce.  Then, plate and enjoy!

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Low-Carb BBQ Wings


  • 1 Bag frozen wings
  • 2 T butter
  • 1/4 C low-carb bbq sauce
  • celery and ranch dressing a crispy side dish (:


  • Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees and let your frozen chicken thaw on the counter during this time
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and spread the chicken on the pan. Don't crowd the chicken if you want crispy wings
  • Bake for 25 minutes and then flip each wing. Bake for another 15 to 25 minutes based on how crispy you like your wings
  • Meanwhile, heat the butter and BBQ sauce over medium heat to combine in a large skillet
  • Add the cooked wings to this skillet to coat and serve

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