BBQ Sauce (low carb)

  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 small can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1 can (12 oz) diet black cherry soda - Splenda-sweetened preferred*
  • 1/4 cup reduced sugar ketchup (if you can get sugar-free, use that instead)
  • 3 TBS mustard
  • 1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 2 TBS Jamaican scotch bonnet pepper sauce (I use Walkerswood)
  • 3 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika (not regular paprika)
Combine all ingredients and use as you would normally use BBQ sauce, for your favorite recipes.

You can adjust for taste by adding a bit of vinegar, sugar-free sweetener (Splenda), or more pepper sauce, as desired.

*Don't use Nutrasweet, Equal, or any other sweetener containing aspartame when cooking, as exposure to heat causes it to break down and become bitter tasting.