Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Atkins Barbecue Sauce
Net Carbs
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 0 Minutes
Phase: Phase 1
Difficulty: Moderate
* Any adjustments made to the serving values will only update the ingredients of that recipe and not change the directions.









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  • 1 tsp CHILI POWDER Hy-Vee, Inc.
  • 1 tablespoon EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL Salov North America Corp.
  • 2 tbsp TOMATO PASTE Schnuck Markets, Inc.
  • 0 3/4 tsp GROUND MUSTARD Topco Associates, Inc.
  • 0 1/8 tsp Red or Cayenne Pepper
  • 0 1/4 tsp dry Coffee (Instant Powder)
  • 0 1/4 tsp Allspice Ground
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar (Cider)
  • 0 3/4 tsp GARLIC POWDER Topco Associates, Inc.
  • 1 1/2 cup Unsweetened Ketchup
  • 2 teaspoon Sucralose Based Sweetener (Sugar Substitute)
  • 0 2/3 tbsp WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE Harris-Teeter Inc.
  • 0 1/4 cup, chopped Onions
  • 1 tsp Cumin


Most commercial barbecue sauces are full of sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Feel free to customize the sauce to your preferences or to the recipe you'll use this sauce with. For example, you can use more or less cayenne pepper or more or less vinegar as well as other spice combinations. Each serving is 2 scant Tbsp. It is also advised to use only 1-1 1/2 tbsp if you are on Atkins 20 Phase 1 as the recipe is a little high in NC for that phase.

  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, mustard, allspice and cayenne pepper, cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Stir in ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sugar substitute and coffee; simmer, stirring occasionally, until very thick, about 8 minutes.
  4. Serve warm or at room temperature, or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Cooking Tip

Barbecue sauce comes in all levels of sweet and spicy. Play with the spices to give it your own personal zing!