Maple Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Recipe by Mandy Pagano

Recipe originally published on on 4/3/20. It has been lightly edited for re-publication.


After being home for about a month now, and trying not to leave unnecessarily, I'm starting to run out of things. BBQ sauce is one of those things. So, in my desire to make a quality low carb pulled pork in the crockpot, I ransacked the cabinets and concocted a new sauce with stuff I had on hand.

This maple bourbon sauce is a little sweet and, to me and mine, it tastes a lot like I remember baked bean sauce tasting. That's a wonderful thing, folks. So, here is my keto quarantine sauce, which is also my new favorite!


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Maple Bourbon BBQ Sauce

  •  Author: Mandy Pagano
  •  Prep Time: 5 minutes
  •  Cook Time: 20 minutes
  •  Total Time: 25 minutes
  •  Yield: Approx. 12 fl oz sauce (24 tbsp)
  •  Keywords: barbecue, bbq, bbq-sauce, comfort-food, family-favorites, easy, sauces


  • 1 c (8 fl oz/ 237 ml) sugar free ketchup
  • 1/3 c (2.68 fl oz/ 79 ml) bourbon
  • 1/4 c Swerve Brown, packed
  • 1/4 c (2 fl oz/ 59 ml) cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c (2 fl oz/ 59 ml) water
  • 1 tsp sugar free liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and stir together well over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a brisk simmer over medium, whisking occasionally.
  3. When the sauce comes to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low and continue to simmer, whisking occasionally, for 15 minutes to reduce.
  4. Remove the sauce from the eat and let stand to cool completely.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  6. Enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 1 tbsp
  • Calories: 15 cal
  • Fat: o g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.2 g
    • Fiber: 0 g
    • Sugar Alcohols: 2.4 g
    • Net Carbs [total carbs - (fiber + sugar alcohol)] : 0.8 g
  • Protein: o g

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