Root Beer Barbecue Sauce {So Good!}

I have been dying to make a barbecue sauce with root beer for some time, now. Sadly, there’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done that I set my mind to do.  I’m so glad that I finally managed to try this Root Beer Barbecue Sauce Recipe out. It was worth the wait, and it was a snap to make. Come on in and I’ll share the recipe for this delicious Barbecue Sauce…

root beer barbeque sauce

Root Beer Barbecue Sauce

You can use any type of Root Beer for this sauce. I’ve used A&W Root Beer for this Barbecue Sauce before. This time I happened to find IBC at the end of an aisle, so IBC was the Brand of the day

If you love homemade barbecue sauce as much as I do, then you might like my Coca-Cola BBQ sauce recipe, Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce, or my recipe for Basic Barbecue Sauce

Here’s a quick video tutorial on this Root Beer BBQ Sauce Recipe

Chicken with Root Beer Barbecue Sauce

This Root Beer Barbecue Sauce is great on anything and everything including Chicken and Ribs.

DIY Root Beer Barbecue Sauce Recipe

The recipe calls for about 3 cups of Root Beer, but that cooks down quite a bit. You’ll really end up with about 8 oz. of sauce.

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Here’s my recipe for this yummy Root Beer Barbecue Sauce…

root beer bbq sauce recipe

Root Beer Barbecue Sauce

A delicious barbecue sauce that is homemade and easy to make
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 68cal
Author: Melissa


  • 3 cups root beer
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. paprika Spanish paprika or Smoked are both great flavors
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce


  • In a medium saucepan over med/high heat, add the root beer
  • Boil for about 10 minutes until the soda has reduced and thickened a bit
  • See notes below about boiling and reducing root beer
  • Lower the heat to a simmer, and add the rest of the ingredients – whisking everything together
  • Continue to simmer for about 30 more minutes or until the sauce is thickened to your liking


Nutrition Facts are only an Estimate

Reducing Root Beer
  • The root beer will bubble right away as you pour it into the saucepan. This is just the gases rising to the surface 
  • To get root beer to a boiling point, it will probably take about 5 minutes 
  • Once it is at a boiling point – start your timer. It will take 10-15 minutes of boiling to reduce
  • The reduced color will be much darker and the liquid will be slightly thicker 


Calories: 68cal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Sodium: 259mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Pouring Root Beer to make Barbecue Sauce

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