Chef Jamie’s Root Beer BBQ Sauce

August 23, 2012

Root Beer BBQ Sauce

Chef Jamie says: Root beer, orange juice, ketchup and brown sugar combine to make a truly delicious, sweet and spicy barbecue sauce. The sauce may be made and refrigerated up to 2 weeks in advance.

This recipe makes about 2 Cups.

1 cup root beer
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (grate the rind before squeezing!)
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest (see above)
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more, to taste)
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon good-quality garlic powder
Salt & freshly ground pepper

Combine all of the ingredients in a heavy medium-sized saucepan. Season with salt and pepper.
Bring the sauce to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce is reduced to 2 cups, about 20 minutes.
Adjust the seasoning. Transfer the sauce to a container, cover and refrigerate.

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Jamie Gwen is a Celebrity Chef, Certified Sommelier, Lifestyle Expert and four-time Cookbook Author.For the past 13 years, she has brought the best to radio with her weekly Live Radio Show filled with delicious conversation, heard every Sunday from 8:00am to 10:00am on KFWB News Talk 980 in Southern California and heard worldwide on iTunes and the Internet.

Jamie can also be heard on Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius/XM and she can be seen stirring up something delicious on television shows and in print nationwide.

Jamie’s most recent cookbook entitled “Good Food For Good Times 2” is now available as an eBook and has been featured on Emeril Live, Martha Stewart and QVC. She is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and her website,, is a scrumptious resource for food lovers everywhere.

Recipe Courtesy of Jamie Gwen, 2012