Blue Ribbon Barbecue Sauce

Blue Ribbon Barbecue Sauce
4 cups

Use this sweet Blue Ribbon Barbecue Sauce to make a Barbecued Pork Sandwich from Bruce and Eric Bromberg's "Blue Ribbon Cookbook."Photo credit: Quentin Bacon


  • 3 cups ketchup

  • 1 cup pure maple syrup

  • ¾ cup light beer, such as a pale ale

  • ½ cup honey

  • ¼ cup cola

  • 2 teaspoons Blue Ribbon Hot Sauce, or other prepared hot sauce

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 serrano chile, seeds removed, if desired, chopped


  1. Combine all ingredients in a heavy-bottomed nonreactive saucepan and place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until mixture is reduced to 4 cups, about 1 1/2 hours.

  2. Strain sauce through a fine-mesh sieve. Use immediately or let cool completely.

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