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PA Dutch Birch Beer BBQ Sauce Recipes

Homemade PA Dutch Birch Beer BBQ Sauce offers a uniquely complex, yet traditional barbecue flavor. As any barbecue pit master will tell you, there's simply no comparing a homemade BBQ sauce to store-bought, bottled varieties.The taste difference is like night and day, with the birch beer-based sauce delivering a classic barbecue flavor that's great on beef, poultry and pork.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time57 mins
Total Time1 hr 2 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ Sauce, Birch Beer Sauce, Dutch Birch Beer BBQ Sauce, PA Dutch Birch Beer BBQ Sauce
Servings: 32 Servings
Author: William Clay


  • 1 can Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (Do not substitute)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 medium-sized Bermuda or Spanish onion finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons shallots finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons mild chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper finely ground


  • In a non-reactive saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until just beginning to develop color, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Add in the can of Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer along with the remaining ingredients. Stir slowly and constantly with a wooden spoon until the Birch Beer BBQ sauce is smooth and well combined.
  • Simmer uncovered for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce begins to thicken. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Remove from heat and allow the Birch Beer BBQ sauce to cool for 10-15 minutes. Using a "stick" or immersion blender, puree the sauce until reaching a smooth, thickened consistency.
  • Important: Hot liquids expand when blended. If using a traditional blender, work in small batches. Be sure to allow for venting. Remove your blender's lid vent plug and cover the opening with a clean kitchen cloth.
  • Cool the sauce to room temperature, then use as desired, Use a BBQ sauce mop or the back of a large spoon to apply the PA Dutch Birch Beer BBQ Sauce to pork, chicken or beef.
  • Apply sauce liberally and continue cooking/grilling for 5 minutes. Reapply a light coating of Birch Beer BBQ Sauce then continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • Store unused PA Dutch Birch Beer BBQ Sauce in the refrigerator. Brush it on food 5 to 15 minutes before the cooking time is finished. If desired, serve extra on the side.