This week my spam folder brought me Arkansas Barbecue Sauce.  Fred told me there was no way I was going to make this recipe, that all barbecue sauce made in this household was going to be made by him and only him.  He says that because his grandfather had his own recipe and now Fred has it, it’s the family secret recipe.  He refuses to share with anyone the secret ingredient and that includes not telling me.  He goes to the grocery store and comes back with the wildest collection of food and claims that within that is his secret ingredient but he isn’t going to tell me which one it is.  I just roll my eyes at him and laugh.

Anyway, enough about Fred and his Barbecue silliness.  Yes, I do call it that because that’s exactly what it is.  The recipe!

Arkansas Barbecue Sauce

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/8 cup black pepper
  • 3 oz brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup red pepper flakes
  • 3 oz Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 qt red wine vinegar
  • 3 oz yellow mustard
  • 1/4 qt white wine
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 oz salt

Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 1/2 hour. Do not cook or store in aluminum, store in glass.

I tried to show Fred the recipe but he wouldn’t take a look at it.  Something about preserving the sanctity of his own barbecue recipe and looking at another one would be sacrilege  I laughed at him and asked him how many beers he’d had that day but he just grumped and stalked off.

I went looking for the recipe on Mr. Google and found it here, but at that page it ‘s called Sara Lee’s Arkansas Barbecue Sauce.  The only thing I know about Sara Lee is she makes frozen cakes.

I was then curious about why it says use glass jars, but I couldn’t find anything online.  If anyone knows, please tell me!

Until next time, toodles!