Bernie’s BBQ Sauce (With a POM Twist)

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on February 10, 2009

in family recipe, simple recipe

So I got this case of POM juice last week, and in my email from Janny, he asked that I try to cook with it and see what I can come up with. I was at a complete loss. Sure, I could’ve put it in oatmeal like some bloggers did, but since I do a dinner blog, it wouldn’t be featured. I could make a cocktail, but I don’t really drink… so I ran my dilemma past my best sounding board: my mom!

She suggested that I use a bottle of the POM juice in what was my grandfathers “famous” BBQ sauce. I think I said “wait, hold on, I can MAKE BBQ sauce? Doesn’t it just come in a bottle?” Of course, my mom laughed and proceeded to tell me how to make it, and where to incorporate my POM juice . Without any further adieu, for the first time on the internet, my grandfather Bernie’s BBQ sauce:

Just like Papa used to make.

Just like Papa used to make.

Papa’s BBQ Sauce


5 slices center cut bacon, diced

1 onion, diced

1/2 green pepper, diced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 Tbsp. chili powder

2 tsp. Worscestshire sauce

1 c. ketchup

8 oz. POM Wonderful Juice

1 Tbsp. brown sugar


Heat a large pot, and add the bacon and onions. Cook until the bacon is very crispy and the onions are near caramelized. Add the green peppers and cook ten minutes. Add ketchup, hot pepper, Worcestershire sauce, POM Wonderful juice,  chili powder. Mix well, then stir in brown sugar. Bring to a simmer, then lower heat and cook until it tastes like BBQ sauce. Puree with a stick blender, and serve with your favorite meat.  Makes at least 10 servings, only 1 Point® per serving.

Just like my mom had said, most bottled BBQ sauce has a fake smoke flavor. This one though, has the subtle smokiness of the bacon, combined with the sweet and tart flavor of the POM, and the spiciness of the pepper. I’m really glad that I have a bunch of extra servings of this, mostly to try it on other meat, and on actual outside grilled steaks! I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make my own BBQ sauce… it’s hard to say if I’ll ever buy bottled again!

You couldn’t have noticed the 2 side dishes with my heavily sauced chicken. One of them was pan-roasted cauliflower and broccoli and the other was something that’s sure to be a new favorite.

dscn2037I roasted some frozen butternut squash, sprinkled it with reduced fat coconut (just found it yesterday and I’m a HUGE fan!0 and a little Splenda. SUCH a good treat! I can see how something like that could be a great breakfast as well.

My BSI Announcement was my 100th post, and I had all these plans for a cool giveaway for my 100th post… alas, you will have to wait until TOMORROW for my cool giveaway post! In the meantime, be sure to check out Beadie’s giveaway! She’s giving away a bottle of Country Bob’s all-purpose sauce… looks like good stuff!

Make sure to keep those BSI entries coming!

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Sharon February 10, 2009 at 10:17 PM

Oh my gosh that looks amazing!!!
And oh yes to BSI!!


Pearl February 11, 2009 at 12:36 AM

what a GREAT idea for pom juice!


coco February 11, 2009 at 4:25 AM

thanks for the great idea to use POM on meal! I was just thinking where to add it! :D


VeggieGirl February 11, 2009 at 6:57 AM

Mmm, BBQ sauce!!


ttfn300 February 11, 2009 at 7:17 AM

great idea for the POM!


brandi February 11, 2009 at 9:12 AM

that sounds sounds great with the POM juice! Can’t wait to see the special giveaway :)


Krista February 11, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Great sounding BBQ sauce! Go Grampa Bernie!!


healthy ashley February 11, 2009 at 11:36 AM

How cool is the POM twist! I need to work it into my cooking too!


Hallie February 11, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Thanks for posting that recipe! Homemade BBQ sauce is the best.


Kelly Turner February 11, 2009 at 12:53 PM

very creative!

Kelly Turner


Heather Eats Almond Butter February 11, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Smokey/sweet – sounds like an incredible mix of flavors!


eatingbender February 11, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Wow, that is such a creative use of your POM samples! I totally need to come up with something savory, now.

Congrats on your 100th post! I’m so excited that you’re hosting the BSI. I’ll need to pick up some oranges. I hope I can make something…it’s been forever since I made a submission!

2 days!


Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) February 13, 2009 at 11:38 PM

Cool recipe! So creative!


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