Homemade Barbecue Sauce made with an Alaskan touch, birch syrup is delicious on burgers, ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, and chicken wings

Homemade Barbecue Sauce-Alaska Style

  • Author: Janet Bowman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30-45 minutes
  • Total Time: 40-55 minutes
  • Yield: Makes ~1 1/2-2 c.


Tangy, sweet and spicy with a touch of Alaskan flair (birch syrup).  This sauce goes well with any of your favorite BBQ’d or smoked meats.



  • 1 c. Ketchup
  • 1 c. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 c. Dark Karo Syrup
  • 1/2 c. Birch Syrup (First or Mid run)
  • 1/2 c. Honey
  • 1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Liquid Smoke
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Dry Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. Tabasco Sauce


For the Homemade Barbecue Sauce:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the BBQ sauce in a sauce pan and whisk together until smooth over medium-high heat; stir constantly.
  2. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally.
  3. After about 30-45 minutes, remove the BBQ sauce from the heat when thickened to your preference.  (Don’t overcook it as it will become too thick.  If this happens, thin it down a bit with some vinegar.
  4. Cool at least 1 hr (overnight would allow flavors to blend), then use on your favorite meats and enjoy!


  • Store refrigerated in a container for up to a month.  We like to use a squirt bottle as it’s easy and clean.
  • If you can’t get a hold of Birch Syrup, look for a first or mid run Maple Syrup.
  • Test the sweetness.  If you personally like it sweeter, add a bit more honey (sometimes we do); tangier, add more syrup; spicier, add more Tobasco.
  • This recipe is easy to half or double.
  • Category: Comfort Classic
  • Method: Grillin'