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"Does anyone have a recipe for a bbq sauce, that is similar in taste to the Open Pit bbq sauce flavor. Any help would be appreciated."


June 30, 2006 at 10:40 pm
(1) Astrogirl says:

“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.

November 24, 2006 at 12:26 pm
(2) lala says:

order some online…..

January 8, 2007 at 8:15 pm
(3) jeff says:

Why don’t you just buy some Open Pit,

May 23, 2007 at 3:06 pm
(4) san says:

because in making your own, you avoid eating harmful additives and preservatives.

June 1, 2007 at 8:46 am
(5) Michael says:

Jeff.. if you are such an Einstein, why are you even reading the thread? Besides the obvious reasons that san pointed out, many people live in places where you cannot buy the product and buying via post or the internet is not practical or possible. Thanks to astrogirl

June 18, 2007 at 12:51 pm
(6) Pam says:

I am with you, I think Jeff has some issues. Does he just read these so he can leave negative comments? I happen to be one of those people who live in an area where you connot but open pit. I moved here from Michigan where it was in every store and now I cannot get it at all and the amount of grilling we do, it would be rediculously expensive to order it on line. It was one of those products that we bought almost every week.

July 22, 2007 at 2:39 pm
(7) Joanne says:

jeff is certainly no Einstein, there are many reasons to want the recipe. I am looking for it myself. The one given does not quite seem to represent what open pit lists in their ingredient. any others?

October 19, 2007 at 2:51 am
(8) dave says:

Open Pit is not available on the West Coast, and shippng costs nearly double the price .. Not to mention waiting 10 days to arrive.

IT would be nice to have a recipe at the ready ..

Has anyone tried Astro-girls? Did it work? was it close to the real thing??

May 19, 2011 at 2:38 pm
(9) Tammy says:

I also am looking for a similar recipe because of the no fillers and the feeling of more homemade. But if you have a frys grocery near you they do sell openpit bb sauce.

June 15, 2008 at 12:55 pm
(10) Jen says:

I am in the same boat. I moved here from Michigan to Mississippi and they do not sell Open Pit down here. I usually have a family member bring me down some when they come and visit. I did ask the local store that is here if they can special order me some and they did. I

August 20, 2008 at 11:40 am

I am highly allergic to ginger. I love barbecue sauce and would like to use a commercial sauce.
I could experience anaflactic shock with the slightest amount of the spice. Does open pit or any other brand guarantee no ginger? When I called them, they said “trade secrets cannot be told”. I have not had barbecue sauce for six years, please advise….Sharon

September 12, 2008 at 4:33 am
(12) peter says:

Sadly, just about every commercially available mass-market BBQ sauce now contains High Fructose Corn Syrup. By copying the recipe, you can eliminate the garbage that is put in. In addition, you can lower the sodium level.

July 28, 2009 at 2:45 pm
(13) Clark Kent says:

If you have a Publix where you’re from they will order Open Pit for you if you ask.

July 28, 2009 at 2:56 pm
(14) Clark Kent says:

Open Pit comes from the Midwest…You guys should be able to find it….Here’s an excerpt:

Some like to use Open Pit BBQ Sauce right out of the bottle. In 1986, Open Pit made this easier with a new Thick & Tangy formula for better cling to all kinds of delicious foods. In 2006, Open Pit changed all of its packing to be in plastic bottles for the convenience of consumers in storing and using Open Pit every day. And today… families from Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and all over the Midwest continue to be the boss of their BBQ with Open Pit BBQ Sauce.

August 21, 2009 at 11:36 am
(15) BBQueen says:

Yes! I grew up with Open Pit and now we cannot find it here in Philly — so I have been using this recipe (below). Cannot credit the originator as I do not remember, but we love it (pretty close to Open Pit flavor):

2 cups white vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbl. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbl. lemon juice
1/2 Tbl. salt
1 tsp. finely ground black pepper
1 tsp. finely ground red pepper
3/4 tsp. hot sauce (add more or less to your liking)
1 cup Heinz Ketchup

Combine all ingredients, except ketchup, in stockpot and bring to boil – cover and reduce heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is disolved. Then add ketchup, stir and remove from heat. Yields about 3/4 quart.

Hope this helps!

April 5, 2010 at 11:51 am
(16) psychobabblechick says:

My whole family is in trauma since moving to the West Coast. We cannot get Open Pit and used to have family members from back home ship us a box now and then. The shipping cost more than the sauce itself. Now they have moved out here as well. We have been trying to find a recipe close to Open Pits flavor. Thanks to BBQ Queen we found it.

June 21, 2010 at 2:35 am
(17) BlackGnuzu says:

I didn’t know Einstein ate bbq……

July 17, 2010 at 12:02 am
(18) Melanie says:

I am from Michigan but now live in LA. I could not believe that they did not sell it here, with that being said I did find it. (YEA) Discount stores such as Big Lots and 99cents only stores ,sometimes have it, but if they do you better get all that youu can because they don’t always have it. Another way to get it is if you have someone in MI have them load a flat rate box from USP that should only cost 10.70 Hope this helps!

October 8, 2010 at 10:51 pm
(19) Trish says:

Thanks to BBQueen as we are anxious to try and make it. We are 5th wheeling and can’t find it now that we are out of the midwest. We did find out, though, that they do have it in Florida (where we are headed) so hopes that helps some of you! :)

November 17, 2010 at 10:41 am
(20) charlene robertson says:

Some of us can’t find Open pit in our areas did you ever consider that. Giant used to carry it and they have all went out of business in our area . I would love to be able to run to the store and pick up a few bottles!!! Some people should think before they type!

March 4, 2011 at 12:02 am
(21) Tommytunes says:

I love the Open pit recipe BBQueen!!! Is there anyone who knows the recipe or one that comes close to “gordon food service” BBQ sauce??? Its amazing I have been trying to make it but cant seem to get it right! If anyone can help me please post! Thanx! :)

June 14, 2011 at 10:49 am
(22) Treva says:

We are in the same boat as everyone else. We love the Open Pit Onion barbarcue sauce. It has just the right amount of spice and the onion seems to make it have just the perfect amount of kick. We moved to Arkansas from Chicago area and can’t get it here. I’m going to try your recipes, hope they taste the same.

August 6, 2011 at 10:58 am
(23) NCBBQ says:

BBQQueen, great recipe. My wife thanks you, as OP is her favorite.

November 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm
(24) Chris says:

The Open Pit BBQ is a great sauce! There are many other sauces out there ready to be consumed!
A business called Captain Redbeards has the best tasting sauces around. (I have been a gourmet chef for 42 years now)

I think the website is: http://www.Captainredbeard.com

The best sauces and spices around!

January 16, 2012 at 2:25 am
(25) Diane from AZ says:

(if there is one near you) Restaurant Depot carries OPEN PIT – it’s got a different label on it BUT it still says Open Pit on it. My friend is a business owner & is always willing to pick up a gallon(+/-) for us.

July 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm
(26) ShellyBean says:

Hi, I just wanted to say that I simply love, love, love, Onion flavored Open Pit bar-b-que sauce. I mean I could literally drink the stuff. It’s that delicious to me.

I actually reside in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and it’s available at almost every large grocery chain. Even the small time gas staions carry it. Only thing now is, I’m learning more & more about “Red Dye 40″ which I know for sure is in the original Open Pit, as I’m pretty sure it’s included in all of the “Blue Lable” bottle line of theirs. So thanks so much to @BBQUEEN, for providing the “mock” receipe. It was what I was searcjing for before stumbling unto this page. A receipe similar to Open Pit without all the other dye additives.

I also just want to say to others’ out there that are looking for an Open Pit type homemade receipe: PLEASE DO NOT ADD BEER! I’ve tried it 3x’s, and it just messes up the flavor and gives it a bitter, off taste.

Thanks again!!!

August 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm
(27) Mudfish says:

Astrogirl, not even CLOSE. Not even a sauce, just tomato colored beer. I’m gonna try the second one out of desperation but I do note there is no lemon juice in the label listed ingredients.

December 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm
(28) Chicago Philly says:

In the 70′s, 1970′s that is Open Pit Bar-B-Que Sauce wasn’t as spicy. My aunt’s mother doctored it up with Brown Sugar and Butter plus a bit of the remnants from her marinade. It was AWESOME! However, Open Pit, in the mid 1980′s added hot sauce which makes it uneatable foe this man’s family. Thank so much for the recipes. I will use them and hope they resemble the Old Open Pit that Mrs. B. doctored up for her famous Bar-B-Q sauce.

February 13, 2013 at 11:34 am
(29) Pete says:

Perhaps of interest to some of you, Open Pit barbecue sauces, several of them, are available from Amazon.com, 6 bottle pack, 18 oz, for $11.57 plus shipping. If you have an Amazon Prime account, there is no charge for 2-day shipping.

May 21, 2013 at 6:23 pm
(30) Suzette says:

It is so great to find out that so many people agree with me about Open Pit and how wonderful it is! I cannot tolerate artificial smoke flavor in anything. I don’t mind a little smoke and char from a BBQ grill, but it doesn’t taste the same as that horrible artificial smoke flavor they put in commercial BBQ sauces! I grew up in Michigan and Open Pit Original was all I knew. When I moved away I tried other sauces, but it was so hard to find one without that nasty smoke. My family used to send me boxes of Open Pit for Christmas before I moved back to Michigan, lol. Anyway, another reason why Open Pit is so great is that you don’t have to use so much of it. You can lightly sauce it and it has such a powerful flavor punch! Imagine how many more calories you consume when you slather your meat with that thick, rich, super sweet barbecue sauce… No thanks.

June 2, 2013 at 12:21 am
(31) Blue hand Chef says:

if you have a smart&final they can order it for you. Some even carry it. Owning my own restaurant I buiy it by the 5 gal. bucket. If your looking for the recipe try “truth in labeling”. Open pit is a restaurant house sauce.

June 8, 2013 at 5:09 pm
(32) Joe G says:

BBQQueen, this recipe might be fine for a marinade, but as a true BBQ sauce to use at the table, it is way, way too thin and too strong.

I tried it and I was simmering for 1/2 hour and it was still too thin. I followed the recipe to the letter. I had to add another cup of ketchup. The consistency is now good but it is still very, very spicy. And my tolerance for spice is high.

You must mean 2 cups of ketchup. 1 cup ketchup to 2 cups vinegar is pretty watery. Next time I will use 2 cups ketchup from the start.

September 26, 2013 at 10:58 am
(33) Amanda says:

BBQ. Used this recipe now several times. It’s dead on. Thanks!

January 6, 2014 at 10:20 pm
(34) Michael Willsey says:

This is rough but close, not as thin but tangy, Not exact flavor but does in a pinch. Let me know what you think.
This is as close as I could get to Open Pit.
3 cups ketchup
6 – 8 ounces of Frank’s Sauce ( if can’t find then this, Louisiana or Texas Pete) Frank’s works best.
1 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce                   
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup onion
1/2 cup green pepper
2 tablespoons Tabasco sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar, white
2 tablespoons garlic powder

Combine all of the ingredients in a heavy pot, bring to a simmer. Reduce to a simmer until onion & pepper are tender. Run through blender.

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