Susan Wilson - July 20, 2011

Open Pit” BBQ Suace

1 bottle beer
1/2 c. vinegar
Juice of 4 lemons
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 c. tomato paste or ketchup
Hot sauce to taste

Cook slowly for 1/2 hour with tablespoon of butter

Lael - July 20, 2011

Open Pit BBQ sauces are favourites in the Chicago – Milwaukee area and there are 9 different varieties. Which one does your family prefer?
Here is a basic recipe for the OP base sauce:

Combine 1 to 2 tbsp. of butter with
1 tbsp. sugar,
1 tsp. salt,
1/2 c. vinegar,
Juice of 4 lemons (You can use lemon concentrate),
Stir to dissolve and then add

1 bottle beer,
1/2 c. tomato paste or ketchup,
Tabasco to taste
Cook over low heat for about1/2 hour to reduce the sauce

Add Liquid Smoke, garlic, onions, brown sugar, honey,
cumin, paprika, coriander seed, celery seed, whiskey, etc. ,
to customize your sauce.

Open Pit BBQ site:

Courtney - May 30, 2012

That’s funny. We live in TX but born and raised in Chicago! Our Kroger special orders open pit for us! No one knows what it is here…so they put it on the shelf and it sits there until we clear it out!

    Turk - December 13, 2012

    open pit bbq.sauce recipe
    2c.white vinegar 1/4 c.sugar 1/2c. 1tbs.worcestershire sauce 1tbs.lemon juice 1/2 tbs.salt
    1tsp. black pepper 1tsp red pepper 3/4 tsp. hot sauce 1c. ketchup
    add all but ketchup to a sauce pan.Bring to a boil.Cover and reduce heat stir occasionally until sugar dissolves.Then add ketchup stir well and remove from heat.

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