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Larry's Barbecue Sauce

Photo: Thomas J. Story
Total time 1 hr, 30 mins
Yield Makes 4 cups
This spicy-sweet barbecue sauce comes from Brendan Collins, executive chef at Larry's, in Venice, California. He serves it on his Pork Cheek BLT, and it's delicious; it would also be mighty fine on grilled chicken.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 8 large garlic cloves
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 qt. (32 oz.) ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola, reduced over medium-high heat to 1/4 cup

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a 4-qt. pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent, about 15 minutes.

  2. Add sugar and peppercorns and cook, stirring frequently until sugar melts, about 1 minute. Add ketchup, liquid smoke, and Coke reduction. Reduce heat to a simmer.

  3. Cook for 1 hour to meld flavors. Using a blender, whirl mixture until smooth, about 4 minutes.

Larry's, Venice, CA