Gloria Pitzer's Famous Dave's-Style Secret BBQ Sauce

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins

Gloria Pitzer is known for copying famous foods, but making them healthy at the same time. "I take the junk out of junk food," says Pitzer. "You know what goes into my recipes." Gloria is careful to point out that she doesn't actually know what the big chains put in their food. "I don't try to dissect the foods and figure out the chemical ingredients," she says. "I never, ever try to steal anyone's secret corporate recipe. I just do my best to duplicate the taste." I have to admit that we don't have a Famous Dave's in Canada, but this is a great sauce. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over low heat for 30 to 45 minutes, until thickened. Remember that it will thicken when it cools a bit. Stir every 10 minutes.
  2. Let cool and pour into a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. Gloria states that this BBQ sauce keeps forever and a day, but I'm not making any guarantees!
Most Helpful

Very good BBQ sauce, not too ketchupy and not too sweet. I did cheat by using 2 ts coffee granules instead of 1 cup coffee. So, no probs with too much liquid, here. Perfect! Made ribs with method Low & Slow Oven Baked Ribs - Super Simple!.

rosslare February 07, 2013

The barbecue sauce does not taste like Famous Dave's but it is very yummy and very easy to make. I highly recommend it!

Byron H. May 05, 2016

I was looking for a new BBQ sauce for grilled chicken. Family loved it! I cut the recipe in half as I did not need 6 cups. It came out a bit more watery than I like, but after it cooled and was in the refrigerator for a couple of days it thickened up. Made for Pot Lock Tag Game. Thanks Nif!

ARathkamp May 09, 2009