The Gourmet Country Girl

Awesome Sauce


Awesome sauce.

It’s an expression, yes, but in this case, it is a condiment that is… well, pretty awesome!

But this red sauce is so much more than just a sauce, you see. It can be a spread, an ingredient in other recipes, or you can just use it as a dip. (Because, as you probably know by now, I like versatility!)

Watch me making this easy red sauce recipe:

{SPOILER} There’s a few bloopers at the end!

The Story Behind This Sugar Free Red Sauce:

I never thought much about using a sugar free red sauce until Mark and I went through a period of time when we really had to watch our diets. He went on the keto diet for a while to help with his cholesterol and weight, and my blood sugar was at pre-diabetes levels.

Translation: We needed to cut back on our sugar intake!

Since we both love BBQ sauce (especially in the summer), I wanted to come up with a recipe that was not just a low carb BBQ sauce, but also one that was sugar free.

T’was the idea behind the creation of this red sauce recipe, but it turned out to become so much more. This red sauce is sweet and spicy, and because it uses 100% stevia leaf powder as the sugar substitute, it doesn’t have too much of that natural sweetener aftertaste.

(Just so you know, you will not find 100% pure stevia in the grocery store. Nope! Not gonna happen! To use the same stevia leaf product that I used in this recipe, you’ll want to order Organic 100% Powdered Stevia Leaf online.)

I LOVE the aftertaste of sugar substitutes… said no one ever!

Let’s be real here. Mark and I have since reintroduced carbs and some sugar back into our diets (note I say SOME sugar), but this doesn’t mean that we don’t still make keto, sugar free, or low carb recipes from time to time.

Awesome Sauce is still very much on the menu around here!

Why the name- Awesome Sauce?

It’s catchy, yes. But there is so much more to it than that. Like fine wine, the longer this sauce sits, the better it tastes. (Refrigerate it for up to a week, after that, you can store it in the freezer for use later on.)

Although my original intention was to create a sugar free BBQ sauce, this recipe can be used in so many other ways. I mean… SO MANY WAYS! It can even be an ingredient for other recipes. 

It’s like WD-40 for foodies!

Need some examples?

But wait…. there’s more!

Still need another reason why Awesome Sauce is so awesome?

The possibilities are never ending.

Now… that’s my kind of sauce!




Awesome Sauce

Awesome Sauce is a sugar free red sauce that is sweet and spicy. Use as a pizza sauce, a low carb BBQ sauce for chicken, or as a healthy dip or sandwich spread.
Course Condiments, Dip, Homemade Ingredients, Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 Cups
Calories 25kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 2 tbsp adobo sauce from chipotles
  • 1/2 cup grated yellow onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp 100 % organic powdered leaf stevia
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and allow to simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Use an immersion blender to puree the sauce until no large chunks remain. Don’t have an immersion blender? Allow the sauce to cool slightly, then transfer to a regular blender and pulse.
  • Transfer cooled sauce to a glass jar with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate for up to a week, or freeze until ready to use.



Recipe Yield (if making for 2) will be about 2 cups.
Sauce can be used right away, but flavors meld so much better over time.
Some suggested uses for Awesome Sauce:
  • Sugar-free BBQ’d ribs
  • Sandwich spread
  • Dip for crudités
  • Pizza sauce for Hawaiian pizza
  • Mix into mayonnaise as a burger condiment


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.1g | Protein: 0.8g | Fat: 0.6g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 312mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 2.8g | Calcium: 18mg



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