Most commercial barbecue sauces are loaded with sugar. (16-30 grams per quarter cup, even as high as 44 grams!) It doesn’t have to be that way. This one has a secret ingredient – diet cola. It’s best to use one sweetened with Splenda, but any will do (aspartame tends to lose its sweetness when heated for long periods). I am not usually a fan of soft drinks but one serving is a mere 3.5 carbs per 1/4 cup. Now you can go sugarless with out tasting sugarless. Oh and did I mention it has bacon? Mmmmmm bacon!

Sugarless BBQ Sauce Recipe

By kimmy Published: November 16, 2013

  • Yield: 2 cups
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Ready In: 45 mins

Calories: 94 | Fat: 0.2g | Protein: 0g | Carbs: 3.5g | Fibre: 1g



  1. Fry the bacon in a saucepan.
  2. Add the onion and cook over medium until soft - 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and stir it for half a minute or so.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, plus about half a cup of water. Stir well.
  4. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Cook it down a bit and flavors will combine.
  5. Adjust the seasonings so you have the balance you want - you can add vinegar, artificial sweetener (liquid preferred), or hot sauce. (If it's too hot, adding more sweetener will tone it down.)
  6. If you prefer to leave the bacon out, add 1-3 teaspoons of liquid smoke to taste near the end of the cooking. Alternatively, add some smoky flavor using 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika, or chipotle powder to taste.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.