Rufus Teague

Rufus Teague is a family-owned, award-winning independent producer of high-quality craft BBQ sauces and rubs. Unlike most condiments that have nationwide distribution we are a single company owned by a single person for the purpose of making a single thing… the best BBQ sauces and rubs on the market. These products were born from home cooking and winning competitions, not made in a lab by some large, data-driven conglomerate that also makes shower cleaner.

We believe that the recipe is only part of the story and paired with superior quality ingredients we’re creating sauces and rubs that are the best our bottles can hold.



Certified Products:

Slim N’ Sweet Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce

Finally, a way to indulge in the unmistakable taste of Kansas City BBQ without worrying about sugar. This sweet and tangy sauce is chock-full of the same amazing, smoky sweet flavor you’ve come to expect from Rufus Teague but without the guilt. Perfect on everything from sandwiches to spare ribs, this sauce is low calorie, low carb and made with special blend of all-natural Stevia rather than the sucralose you find in most sugar-frees.

Smoke ‘N Chipotle Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce

It would be enough for Rufus Teague to make a rich, sweet BBQ sauce that adds the undeniable smoky heat of a chipotle pepper. Yeah, that would be great. But to put all that flavor in a sauce with absolutely no sugar… uhh.. well… wow. This sauce will bring the heat on anything you dip, douse and slather in it. And since it has very few carbs and calories and is made with special blend of all-natural Stevia, you’ve got .


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What started as a passion for the best in Kansas City barbecue has led to an entire line of competition-tested, award winning sauces and rubs. Established in 2004, Rufus Teague is now distributed nationwide and internationally for retail and foodservice. Founder, John McCone, insists each product be made with the finest ingredients and be as healthy and delicious as each bottle can hold. Products are proudly Non-GMO verified and Gluten-Free. Why? Because Rufus always knew, “Good sauce makes bad barbecue good and good barbecue gooder.”

Slim N' Sweet BBQ w: logo - Rufus Teague - Keto Certified by the Paleo Foundation
Smoke N' Chipotle BBQ w: logo - Rufus Teague - Keto Certified by the Paleo Foundation

Feel free to hit up Rufus with any questions or thoughts you may have. We love first-hand feedback and love to help you out in any way possible. Just shoot us a note at

What makes the sweetness if the sauce is sugar-free?

Answer: We use all-natural Stevia specially formulated for our sauces.

Is corn starch keto friendly?

Answer: While corn starch is not necessarily keto-friendly, the minimal amount used within our sauce adds minimal carbs compared to other ingredients like flour and sugar.

Is this sauce vegan?

Answer: Our sugar-free sauces are vegan-friendly. There are no animal-derived ingredients.

What size are the bottles?

Answer: They are 13 oz per bottle.

How many net carbs per serving?

Answer: Has only about 3 grams of carbs per serving / 2 Tablespoons.

What is shelf life?

Answer: Best by date is 18 months.

About Us : 

Established in 2010, The Paleo Foundation was first organized for the purpose of improving the tolerability of the paleo diet, and to help adherents easily identify products that met its basic tenets.  Since then, thousands of products have been certified through the Certified Paleo, Keto Certified, and lab -tested Grain-Free Gluten-Free certification programs.



100% of  Paleo Foundation revenue is generated through certifications.  We do not accept donations, corporate sponsorships, or financially benefit from the sales of any certified products, product giveaways, or partnerships with industry contacts or retailers for the purpose of maintaining the integrity of an impartial certification standard. 

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Each certification program has a different set of standards.  Certified Paleo is the Paleo Foundation’s first, most popular, and highest level of certification for Paleo-compliant products.  Certified Paleo Products are products that contain Paleo ingredients, but may have some 21st-century processing or packaging methods allowing for shelf stability.


Grain Free Gluten Free Certified LogoGrain-Free Gluten-Free: 

Grain Free Gluten Free Certified products are gluten-free and do not contain any grains of gliadin competitive residues.  All Grain-Free Gluten-Free products have undergone two rounds of audits, including lab tests, and a final review to become approved for the Grain-free Gluten-free Certified Program. 



Keto Certified LogoKeto Certified: 

The ketogenic diet is a restrictive, demanding diet that can be difficult to maintain, and tolerability of the ketogenic diet is the single most important factor limiting individual acceptance for initiation.  Therefore, improving the tolerability of the ketogenic diet is crucial to preventing diet discontinuation, warranting further investigation into methods for improving palatability, improving the availability and convenience of foods that are compliant with the ketogenic diet, as well as addressing cultural and social acceptance.

The Keto Diet product market may be in a unique position to improve tolerability, especially in social and cultural environments that typically feature carbohydrate-rich “special occasion” types of foods. In 2016, the Paleo Foundation launched the world's first Keto Certified program for products with standards that were developed for adherence to a classical ketogenic diet.