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Root Beer BBQ Sauce

Easy homemade BBQ sauce perfect for dipping, slathering on sandwiches or dousing on burgers! Root Beer BBQ Sauce gets a rich flavor from the root beer added to the sauce! What will you pile this barbecue sauce on first?
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Barbecue Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Root Beer
Servings: 8
Calories: 62kcal
Author: Julie Evink


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 c. yellow onion finely diced
  • 2/3 c. ketchup
  • 1/2 c. root beer
  • 2 Tbp unsulfured molasses
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice fresh
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • Warm the olive oil over medium heat in saucepan. Add the onion and cook until softened and transclucent, about 3-5 minutes; stirring occasionally. 
  • Stir in remaining sauce ingredients. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Simmer until slightly thickened about 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve over your favorite sandwiches, dunk chicken strips in or enjoy any way you can!
  • Store in airtight container in fridge for 3-5 days.


Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 144mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.3mg