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Homemade Root Beer BBQ Sauce Recipe

One of our favorite things to do during summer is to get outdoors and fire up our grill for a good old fashioned barbeque. Just the thought of ribs, chicken wings and burgers is enough to get our mouths watering. But what’s even better, is the thought of topping it all off with a scrumptious, homemade BBQ sauce.

Using sodas in sauces may not be groundbreaking – but once you glaze your BBQ treats in Root Beer that hails all the way from Bundaberg in Australia, we guarantee your guests will be impressed. Made from a family recipe using sarsaparilla root, licorice root, vanilla beans and molasses, our Root Beer has a rich and unique flavor that just isn’t like any traditional Root Beer. Try something a little different using our homemade Root Beer BBQ sauce recipe that’s perfect for dipping, glazing and dousing all things barbecue.


  • 2 cups Bundaberg Root Beer
  • 2 cups tomato ketchup
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp ginger powder
  • ½ tsp ground cilantro
  • dash of Tabasco sauce to taste
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer until reduced by half, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  2. Check for seasoning and acidity. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before pouring into airtight jar and storing in the refrigerator.
  3. Use as a basting sauce or directly as a dipping sauce.


With National Root Beer Float Day coming up on August 6th, why not whip up some alcoholic Root Beer floats too?

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  • HealthysmedJune 10, 2020, 11:24 amIn a small saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together root beer, ketchup, brown sugar, honey, Worcestershire, lime juice, garlic powder and onion powder.