Carolina Style Low Carb Barbecue Sauce Recipe -
Carolina Style Low Carb Barbecue Sauce Recipe
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Carolina Style Low Carb Barbecue Sauce

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"This is a South Carolina style barbecue sauce that I altered to go with a low carb diet"

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Original recipe makes 1 1/2 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    45 mins


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the mustard, sweetener, cider vinegar, chili powder, black pepper, white pepper, and cayenne pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Stir in the soy sauce, butter, and liquid smoke; simmer for 10 more minutes. Cool completely, and refrigerate overnight to blend flavors before using.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 27, 2009

Please note, this is not a tomato based barbecue sauce. this is a sauce representing the South Carolina mustard barbecue sauce. this is a good recipe of a low carb sauce, it will never be a sticky sweet Memphis style sauce or a Kansas city style, both which are based on tomatoes. In the USA there are four distinct style of BBQ. if you would like to know more about this Wikipedia has a good article.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 01, 2011

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57 Ratings

Jun 05, 2006

We live low carb and this is by far the best low carb sauce recipe that I have run across. My husband just loves it. I often mix it up and throw in some boiled or grilled chicken without even allowing it to sit overnight and it's wonderful. We always keep a jar in the refrigerator. Thanks for a great recipe!

Apr 25, 2008

can you say AWESOME!?!?!! I needed a bbq sauce to use in the Texas Chicken quesadilla recipe so I decided to try a red sweet sauce and a mustard savory sauce. This was a winner hands down. I will be making this sauce again to try on chicken, steak and ribs on the grill this summer. This would be good on sandwiches too!!

Jul 31, 2009

This the best low carb BBQ sauce recipe I've come across. I made it to go with pulled pork for a family get-together & everyone went nuts! We are usually a tomato-based BBQ family but since we've gone low carb, this will be our #1 choice.

Dec 01, 2010

The reviewers saying this does not taste like barbecue sauce probably have a narrow definition of barbecue sauce and only know the Kansas City-style tangy tomato-based sauce and other tomato-based styles. The South Carolina style of barbecue sauce is traditionally a mustard-based sauce. Eastern North Carolina and Middle Tennessee tend to have vinegar-based sauces. This is a great South Carolina-style sauce, particularly for a low-carb version. As with most barbecue sauces from the South, the classic use is with pulled pork.

Oct 22, 2005

This is incredible. Ten times better than the store bought sugar free BBQ sauce.

Sep 12, 2004

I have used only black pepper and increased that to 1.5 tsp. This really grills well, particularly on Pork Tenderloin.


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  • Calories
  • 106 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6.3 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 8.2 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 2.5 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 2.3 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 554 mg
  • 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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