All-American BBQ Sauce

July/August 2014

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In this easy, homemade barbecue sauce, beer balances the sweetness of molasses while hot sauce provides heat. Brush on grilled chicken, tofu or shrimp during the last 5 to 10 minutes on the grill or use as a dipping sauce.

All-American BBQ Sauce

Makes: 1 1/2 cups

Serving Size: 2 Tbsp.

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  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup beer, preferably porter
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce, or to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients except the hot sauce in a heavy medium saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until reduced to about 1 1/2 cups, 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in hot sauce.


Per serving: 67 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 16 g carbohydrates; 13 g added sugars; 14 g total sugars; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 205 mg sodium; 273 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

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