Spicy Creole Barbecue Sauce

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 1h 40m
  • Rating ****

Makes about 1 1/2 quarts


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium bell peppers, coarsely chopped
  • 20 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 8 ounces fresh ginger, peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup mild-flavored molasses or honey
  • 1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup (about) hot pepper sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups beer
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper, optional


Melt butter in large heavy-duty saucepot over medium-high heat just until brown, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Add onions, peppers and garlic. Sauté until very brown, about 15 minutes. Stir in vinegar and ginger. Bring to boil. Stir in molasses, brown sugar, tomato paste and hot pepper sauce; bring to boil. Add beer; bring to boil. Simmer until sauce thickens slightly, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour.

Puree sauce with hand blender or bar blender until smooth. Season to taste with salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Thin sauce with more beer or water if too thick. Cover and simmer for flavors to blend, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.


Don't over season your barbecue sauce. Remember that ribs are also seasoned heavily. Sauce will last up to 3 months stored in air-tight container in refrigerator. It's best at a couple of weeks, and goes great on all meats and game.

Recipe created exclusively for Cooking.com by Jamie Shannon, Executive Chef of Commander's Palace and co-author of Commander's Kitchen.

Serving size = 1/4 cup

Recipe reprinted by permission of Cooking.com. All rights reserved.

RecID 4685

nutrition information per serving

102 calories; 1g total fat; 1mg cholesterol; 136mg sodium; 24g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 1g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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