BBQ Sauce #1 - Wine Cola Sweetness

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  1. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    After posting both #2 Rum Sweet Heat and #3 Bourbon Orange, I was recently asked where #1 was [​IMG]

    Well, I haven't made this one in quite some time as the family really got to liking the other 2 better, but since John asked, here it is.

    BTW: the red wine needs to be a really full bodied one, ergo the Cabernet or Malbec.  

    Pinot's or Merlot's are not the best substitutes. JMTC [​IMG]

    Updated recipe 3/21/17

    BBQ Sauce #1 - Wine Cola Sweetness

    Recipe By: Matt S

    2/3 cup red wine - dry, Cabernet or Malbec
    2/3 cup cola, Coke - not diet
    2/3 cup ketchup
    1/2 cup molasses
    3 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    2 1/2 tablespoons A-1® Steak Sauce
    - - -
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    3 pinches ground pepper
    1/4 tsp garlic powder, or 2 cloves diced fine
    1 1/2 tsp onion powder, or 1 med onion diced fine
    2 pinches salt


    1. If using fresh, Sauté 1/2 cup chopped onion in 3-Tbs of olive oil until translucent then add the garlic & continue for one minute.

    2. Add the ingredients to a sauce pan and bring to a boil for two minutes. Watch it carefully - because the sugars can easily boil over the top!

    3. Turn heat way down and let it barely simmer for 1/2 hour. 

    4. Let sit to cool.


    1 small onion = 1/3 cup chopped = 1 tsp powder
    1 clove garlic = 1/8 tsp powder = 1 tsp minced

    - substitute white pepper for black to lower the heat content OR
    - substitute 1 tsp dry mustard for black pepper 
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sounds like a great recipe!

    It also seems like it would be a pretty thin sauce. Am I wrong?

  3. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    Hi Al,

    I haven't had thin results from this or the other two recipes.  The 2 min boil and a 30 min simmer usually yield a thick result once cooled.

    You can always simmer an additional 10 min to make it thicker.

  4. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    Updated recipe [​IMG]

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