Riverboat Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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"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:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 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 peel
  • 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

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoon: 61 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 240mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (13g sugars, trace fiber), trace protein


  1. 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. Yield: 1-1/3 cups.
Originally published as Riverboat Barbecue Sauce in Taste of Home June/July 2002, p13

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Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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!!!!!"

Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

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

Reviewed May. 18, 2010

"Excellent sauce, I used it on grilled pork chops."

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2009

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

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