Keto Sweet Heat BBQ Spice Rub

Sweet Heat BBQ Spice Rub { Low Carb | Keto | GF }

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This Keto Sweet Heat BBQ Spice Rub is perfectly sweet, yet packs quite the punch.  A versatile spice rub to use with anything, yet especially perfect for ribs.

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Keto Sweet Heat BBQ Spice Rub


Sweet Heat BBQ Spice Rub

You are in for a TREAT here!  Well, a savory, heat-filled treat, that is. 

We spent the day at the Portland Rose Festival today and wanted a quick and easy dinner.  I let my hubby decided what we were going to eat so I stayed in the car and he ran into the grocery store.

Out he comes with unseasoned ribs.  Perfect.  All you have to do is season them and them throw them in the oven for a few hours at a low temp or slap them on the Traeger.

So, of course, we need to come up with our spice rub.  We rarely use packaged spices or bottles marinades.  We really enjoy making our own. 

Did I mention that we also love hot and spicy things?  Within reason, of course.  My hubby tends to get the hiccups when things are too spicy.  Not always, but sometimes.

I am happy to report that this sweet heat BBQ spice rub packed some serious heat without giving him the hiccups!

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Clearly, we were going after a spice rub that packs a punch, while also having a slightly sweet undertone.  I mean, we did name this sweet heat after all.  

I'm sure you've heard of sweet heat before and quite honestly, there are so many different varieties that it leaves room for some creativity!

For the sweet flavor, we use Lakanto Classic Monk fruit. I switch back and forth between erythritol and monk fruit all the time.  But if I had to choose, I'd choose monk fruit.  In part because COSTCO carries it now - WOOHOO!

As for the heat - well the list is long and delicious!  I'd say that cayenne is the heavy hitter here and really is the front runner.

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How to use this keto heat bbq spice rub

Well, RIBS of course! 

We created this specifically to go with ribs, but you could certainly use it for just about anything!  

How to store sweet heat bbq spice rub

Mason jars and other small glass containers work well for storing this sweet heat BBQ spice rub!  I have this fun little jar pictured below that I have mine in at the moment.  You can't see the backside, but it has a little handle and it is adorable.  

The best part?  I got it at the dollar store!

Lucky for you, this can store for quite a while!  As far as HOW long?  What I normally do is take the soonest expiration date of all the spices that I'm using and write that on my jar. I'm not sure that it has ever made it that long since we use it so quickly. 

Keto Sweet Heat BBQ Spice Rub

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Keto Sweet Heat BBQ Spice Rub

Keto Sweet Heat BBQ Spice Rub

4.50 from 18 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Calories 7 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons low carb granular sweetener
  • 2 teaspoons ginger powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander


  • Mix all ingredients together well.
  • Store in an airtight container and enjoy!


Serving: 1TablespoonCalories: 7kcalCarbohydrates: 2gSodium: 378mgFiber: 1g
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