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Sparkling Barbecue Sauce

Recipe from Steven Raichlen's Planet Barbecue

Barbecue sauces based on soft drinks turn up all across Planet Barbecue, and whether they owe their popularity to the sweet-sour flavor dynamic or simply to the convenience and whimsy of using a beverage to flavor the meat, I can’t say. What I can say is that you’ll find them throughout the Spanish-speaking world.


  • Yield: Makes 1 1/2 cups
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  • 1 cup lemon-lime soda
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup of your favorite sweet red barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Step 1: Place the soda, ketchup, and barbecue sauce in a saucepan and whisk to mix.

Step 2: Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium heat and let it simmer gently until thick and richly flavored, 10 to 15 minutes.

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