Shhhh. The secret ingredient in this quick cooking sauce is root beer! This is a sweeter style sauce, but still very versatile. Stir into pulled pork for BBQ style sandwiches, use as a glaze on grilled chicken breasts or even wings. It is ideal for last minute gifting. Presented in a canning jar with a silcone basting brush or grilling tools it makes a nice hostess gift. Created for the Craze-E Contest --Gift Ideas.
- 15 ounces tomato sauce
- 1⁄2 cup root beer
- 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 3⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely minced
- 1 garlic clove, finely minced
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
- 1⁄4 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- Mix all ingredients into small saucepan.
- Bring to boil & then reduce to a simmer. Cook until thickened approx 15-20 minutes.
- Use immediately or store in refrigerator tightly sealed after chilling.
The recipe was reduced by half, using an 8 oz can of tomato sauce. The root beer happened to be sugar free and the sugar was reduced by approximately 1/3. The full amount of sugar would have made this way to sweet for us. The sauce was thick and delicious on barbecued salmon burgers. Good luck in the contest.
This is a very nice sauce and I look forward to finding various ways to use it! :) I halved the recipe, using an 8 oz can sauce, only 1/4 cup sugar, and 2 Tbsp vinegar (instead of 1 1/2 T). Otherwise made as directed. Thanks for sharing!
After reading the other reviews I used less brown sugar. I used the sauce to baste pork tenderloins and grilled on the bbq. It was yummy. Thanks Susie :) Made for PAC Fall 2011