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Riverboat Barbecue Sauce

"Maple and orange are the flavors that accent this sweet and tangy sauce," says Barb Loftin of Florence, Kentucky. "My husband and I think it's the best barbecue sauce we've ever tasted. I gave it this name because we live near the Ohio River and love to watch the riverboats go by. The sauce is especially good on ribs or pork chops."
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    1-1/3 cups


  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon steak sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 3 whole cloves


  • In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until the flavors are blended. Remove from the heat. Discard cloves. Cool. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 61 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 240mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • jdolnick
    Oct 28, 2012

    Lost the original magazine recipe and glad I found it on-line. This is our favorite home made BBQ sauce. We omitted the pepper sauce, as we have a low "heat" tolerance.

  • billynn793
    Sep 8, 2011

    I only use this recipe for pulled pork and baby back ribs..everyone loves it. It's the best. Thanks for sharing!!!!!

  • kimberlyfl
    Feb 26, 2011

    Hot sweet thick and very good. I used it on slow cooked pork sandwiches. Very Good :)

  • katlaydee3
    May 18, 2010

    Excellent sauce, I used it on grilled pork chops.

  • HeidiLSB
    Jan 9, 2009

    I didn't have cloves, so I substituted with Allspice. Tasted great!