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The BEST Sauce Ever

Most of you know that I LOVE sauces! Sauces can take a boring meal up to a delicious party in your mouth!

I have always wanted to own a keto restaurant and this past February, I felt like I owned one! I was a chef on a television show in Costa Rica and I cooked from 7:30am until 10pm! Almost all day, I cooked, prepped for meals and had to adapt meals on the fly for vegetarians. It was extremely hard work but I LOVED every minute of it!

We even spent a little time at an orphanage which was extremely emotional for me.


For the television show, I was constantly making a variety of sauces to go with the meals. One of them was this sauce which was referred to as The BEST Sauce Ever and I made it often. My recipe for The BEST Sauce Ever happened by accident and after the first night everyone was asking for the recipe!

The reason The BEST Sauce Ever happened was because I do not know Spanish very well so when I had to grocery shop for the show, it was quite an adventure! I didn’t get half the ingredients I wanted but I’m really flexible and changed the menu to what I had available.

Another issue that happened on the television show is that Costa Rica customs did not allow the sponsor’s food items to be released. We were unaware of this when I first arrived in Costa Rica. As I grocery shopped, I did not buy salt because Redmond Real Salt was a sponsor and had a huge shipment sent; nor did I buy seasonings, natural sweetener, pork rinds or oils because the tv show had sponsors that sent a lot of product to feature on the show.

The first night that the crew and cast got together, I cooked without salt, seasonings, oil or butter! I didn’t have butter because I accidentally bought margarine! It was a nightmare but everyone loved the food!

I found other ways to get in flavor; including BACON for salt!

This sauce doesn’t look the most appealing, but believe me when I tell you, the non-keto people were quickly jumping on the keto bandwagon when they ate this sauce! It is really the BEST sauce ever!


To make The BEST Sauce Ever, I highly suggest ordering a lot of favorite Kettle and Fire bone broth! It makes this recipe not only EASY, but extra delicious without any sugar!

I always stock my pantry with Kettle and Fire broths! They have so many different flavors that really make my recipes extra delicious! I know it looks crazy, but I seriously use Kettle and Fire in most of my recipes!

Most broths have sugar in them, but Kettle and Fire does not!

Kettle and Fire bone broth also tastes way better than any broth I have ever had!

My whole keto family LOVES Kettle and Fire bone broths and soups! My mom loves this broth so much, that I always gift her a variety box when I come visit her and she gets so excited! It is a gift that keeps on giving!

In my recipe for the Best Sauce Ever, you can use only 1/2 cup Kettle and Fire Broth for a thicker sauce to put over burgers or chicken. I have also added more Kettle and Fire broth to thin it out a little and I used it for the BEST salad dressing!

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The Best Sauce Ever

Maria Emmerich
Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Egg Free, Nut Free, Sauces and Condiments
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 73


  • 4 slices sugar free bacon diced (click HERE to get sugar free bacon)
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup sliced button mushrooms
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened (or Kite Hill brand if dairy free)
  • 1/2 cup Kettle and Fire beef broth or more if desired for a thinner sauce
  • Redmond Real salt to taste


  • Place the bacon into a large cast iron skillet or large Dutch oven. Cook over medium high heat while stirring occasionally until bacon is just starting to cook and there is bacon fat in the skillet, about 2 minutes. Add the diced onions and saute for 3 minutes or until onions are starting to soften. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook until mushrooms are soft and starting to brown, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the softened cream cheese and stir well to combine. Slowly add the broth and stir well until you have a sauce. Taste and add salt if desired. Add more broth if you prefer a thinner sauce.
  • Serve over chicken, steak, burgers or a salad.
  • Store extras in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.



Calories: 73 | Fat: 6g | Protein: 3g | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fiber: 0.2g | P:E Ratio: 0.4



“I am REALLY thankful for Maria & Craig Emmerich. I started Maria’s Keto 3 months ago. So this photo is 3.5 months progress.

Down 22lbs and 10+ inches. What a difference!

A year ago this dress wouldn’t have fit over my shoulders.  THANK YOU MARIA & CRAIG THANK YOU” – Jill

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Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Kathie Anderson says:

    Aloha, my dear…..

    Your beach buddy Kathie here…

    I am back in Michigan…. Ugh! Ha!

    Anyway… I finally took a minute to find you online and came across your Best Sauce Ever recipe with Kai… I love the recipe and fell in love with Kai!!

    My friend, Santé, has had an incredible pressurized last few months and no balance or time for himself…. and he is starting to put on a little weight…. I am concerned for his health and he has mentioned that he wants to
    take off a few pounds… but he needs something simple and, of course, a quick few pounds off is the best incentivizer! 😉

    I want to help him ease into a Keto lifestyle…. but he loves his pasta… so that is definitely a big challenge….

    I see now you have many books…. Can you suggest a quick start easy to slide into book that I could perhaps grab him with?

    I am asking for miracles… but he has overridden his intense lifestyle over the years with fuel that is not going to work forever….

    Mahalo for any input you have…

    Miss the beach….
    Miss seeing you on the beach…

    Miss it all!

  • Mira Longobardo says:

    Good morning Maria, I am always in awe of your amazing innate resourcefulness and creativity to come up with recipes. And when you can’t get the ingredients you would normally use, you find something else. Your creativity is unparalleled! You are my hero‼️

  • Kathy says:

    Looks great

  • Melinda says:

    I see the recipe serves 8, but do you know what the serving size is in cups or tablespoons? Is one serving a quarter cup? Also, do you think this will freeze well?

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Divide the recipe into 8 equal portions to determine the serving size. Since this sauce is cream cheese based, you can freeze it but once it thaws it will separate and have a grainy consistency.

  • Wenchypoo says:

    This sauce makes you halfway to a beef stroganoff…now if we could just find the noodles!

  • Nancy says:

    Oh my, Maria! You have outdone it on this one. This is so tasty I have no words to describe it. Who says keto is boring? This recipe is amazing and so very quick and easy. Thank you for your creativity.

  • Wenchypoo says:

    Speaking of beef stroganoff and other recipes from the past, here’s one I’d like you to take a protein-sparing crack at: https://lostrecipesfound.com/50s-frosted-sandwich-loaf/

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Great idea!!

    • Dmarie says:

      What memories recipes like this bring back! I so wish the ingredients weren’t so unhealthy!!! (I do, however, remember my older sister eating a burger without a bun in the late 60s- we now know she was on the right track) 😉

  • Courtney says:

    Hi Maria! I know you have the nutritional info listed above but I always like to calculate my nutritional info using the info of the specific ingredients/ brands that I use, which makes me need to know all of my ingredients separately. Could you possibly please tell me what method you use to calculate the nutrition info for bacon grease? I have never known what to do for that, I’d really appreciate it. Thank you!!

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Hi, we have special software that we have programmed with the ingredients we use to calculate macros 🙂

      • Courtney says:

        Awesome!! I’m just wondering how the nutrition for bacon grease is determined? Since the nutrition on the label is for the piece of bacon? But nothing ever tells info about the grease … thank you!

        • Kirby’s Mom says:

          I’m not Maria, but bacon grease is simply fat like any other fat such as butter.

          • Kirby’s Mom says:

            Actually, it’s a bit higher in calories, but not enough to make any real difference. 12.8 g Fat and 116 calories per Tablespoon for bacon grease. Sorry!

        • Maria Emmerich says:

          Since this recipe calls for the diced bacon and the rendered grease, I just used the bacon macros in my calculations 🙂

          Bacon grease per 1 tbsp:
          116 calories
          13g fat
          0g protein
          0g carbs

  • Alana says:

    This sauce is incredible!!! It’s also very easy to make. We ate it over spaghetti squash and a hamburger patty. Yum😋

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