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Rating: 4.53 stars
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

This BBQ sauce can be used a variety of ways- we've even put it on potatoes at my house! It's sweet, tangy, and has a small kick to it. The root beer can also be substituted with Dr Pepper® or Coca Cola®.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
4 cups
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir together the root beer, ketchup, orange juice, Worcestershire sauce, and molasses in a saucepan. Season with ginger, paprika, chipotle powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator up to a week.

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Nutrition Facts

67 calories; protein 0.7g; carbohydrates 17g; fat 0.2g; sodium 382.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2013
I usually try a recipe to the LETTER before making a review however I did not have any orange juice at the time I needed to make the sauce I had only apple juice so that is what I used..It turned out FANTASTIC.. Absolutely love the sauce..This is now going to ba staple sauce in my home. For those who like a thicker sauce (I like this just the way it is using apple juice instead have not tried with orange juice) BUT if you like a thicker sauce just add a bit of corn starch to reach your level of thickness but seriously I do feel it needs to be thicker.. LOVE this sauce.. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/21/2009
A good use for spare and flat root beer. It has some zip and spice to it. I didn't like the undertaste of the sauce for some reason but it will certainly get used up. I used mexican chili powder and hungarian paprika so perhaps that was part of the issue. Read More
(11)
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
08/21/2009
A good use for spare and flat root beer. It has some zip and spice to it. I didn't like the undertaste of the sauce for some reason but it will certainly get used up. I used mexican chili powder and hungarian paprika so perhaps that was part of the issue. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2013
I usually try a recipe to the LETTER before making a review however I did not have any orange juice at the time I needed to make the sauce I had only apple juice so that is what I used..It turned out FANTASTIC.. Absolutely love the sauce..This is now going to ba staple sauce in my home. For those who like a thicker sauce (I like this just the way it is using apple juice instead have not tried with orange juice) BUT if you like a thicker sauce just add a bit of corn starch to reach your level of thickness but seriously I do feel it needs to be thicker.. LOVE this sauce.. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2011
Made this over the weekend to go over some Hawaiian burgers. Everyone loved the sauce. I made mine using Dr Pepper. Next time I am going to try some cream soda. Read More
(5)
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Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2016
Pretty good sauce. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2015
This sounds really good and I want to try it. As there are only 2 of us in the house I was wondering if any leftovers could be frozen to use at a later date. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/10/2017
Pretty decent BBQ sauce. I used the Dr. Pepper substitution as I thought the cinnamon flavor would be a nice addition. I also substituted apple juice for orange juice out of necessity. After mixing this together I thought it was terrible but after cooking the flavor profile really came around. I ultimately added in about 1/2 cup of brown sugar because I wanted it a little sweeter. I also thickened it a bit with corn starch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2019
Super good. Super easy! I did not taste the root beer. I was happy about that. Very subtle flavors. If you have people sensitive to hot food, you might want to leave out the red pepper flakes. I'm looking forward to using different sodas to see the taste change:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2018
Added some scorpion pepper powder to it to give it a kick. Love it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2017
This is the best sauce I've found. This is a keeper I did add some other ingredients to the recipe yellow mustard liquid smoke and brown sugar. We loved it. I will not be buying BBQ sauce in the future! Thanks! Ree. Read More