I have such fond memories of this recipe for Root Beer Barbecue sauce. When I think of this recipe, I think of being a new Ohioan, living in our condo in the middle of nowhere. One of our favorite things to do on the weekends was go to Barnes & Noble or Borders – RIP – and look at books.
These were the days before we knew how much cheaper books are on Amazon, so inevitably I would scour the discount book section or the cookbook section and come up with a new book to buy and ravage- I think this is where my obsession with cookbooks began.
One day, I bought this huge monumental Bon Appétit cookbook- this thing is like 800 pages thick. I have always found that I learn so much from cookbooks, and I will read them like regular books. While I was going through it, I came across a recipe for root beer barbecue sauce, and I was intrigued. It sounded good, and unusual, and unlike anything I have ever tried before.
[Actually, one of the things that I remember most about this recipe was the half cans of root beer that I bought to make the sauce. It was around Halloween, and they were black cans with Batson pumpkins on them. We had them forever, because generally we don’t drink a lot of soda, so I would only use one whenever I made the sauce.]
Anyway, the sauce is absolutely delicious. It’s sweet-yet-tangy, and easy enough to mix up on the stove while you’re cooking your chicken on the grill. I think everybody is apt to think that making barbecue sauce is difficult, or not worth the effort, or time-consuming, but none of those are true. Making barbecue sauce involves dumping everything into a pan and putting it on medium low heat on the stove until it’s thick. It’s always nice to have a recipe for it in your back pocket, because at least for me, it always seems to be a condiment that I am out of whatever I need it! I ought to take my own advice with my pantry staples list…
Root Beer BBQ Sauce
- 1 cup root beer
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/4 c lemon juice
- 1/4 c orange juice
- 3 T worcestershire
- 1 1/2 T dark brown sugar
- 1 T light molasses
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- Place all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk together, then simmer on medium-low until the mixture has reduced to approximately 1½ cups, about 20 min.
- Stir frequently to keep from burning.