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Board And Brew Sauce Recipe

I’ve had a lot of requests about how to make a great Board and Brew sauce. The original sauce comes from the Southern California restaurant chain of the same name known for its fresh sandwiches and deliciously tangy and sweet sauce.

Board and Brew sauce is a variation of the classic sweet and sour sauce.

Grill masters worldwide have been using its unique combination of tangy and sweet flavors to enhance grilled meats, chicken, and fish.

For this recipe, I’ve taken the traditional Board and Brew sauce and added a few fresh ingredients to intensify the flavors.

As a result, you’ll have a delicious sauce that pairs well with a wide variety of dishes, from burgers to fish to pork ribs.

It’s easy enough to make during a hectic week but sophisticated enough to serve at your next dinner party.

And you won’t need any special ingredients or equipment to make this delicious sauce recipe.

In addition, it’s super quick to make, making it the perfect sauce for when you’re running short on time.

And unlike other recipes out there, you won’t need mayonnaise, making it a healthier alternative without all the fat.

At the end of the recipe, I’ve included several variations so you can try out different combinations and discover your favorite version.

Read on to learn how to make a delicious Board and Brew sauce that’s even better than the original.

What Do You Need To Make Board and Brew Sauce



Is a staple in most kitchens and the key to making this delicious Board and Brew sauce.

I like Heinz, but pretty much any brand will do.

Yellow Mustard

Mustard is the source of its tangy flavor and bright color.


Gives the sauce a delicious sweetness and is a healthier option than sugar.

Apple Cider Vinegar

The acid balances out the sweetness of the ketchup and honey

Fresh Garlic

Intensifies the flavor. You can substitute garlic powder.

However, make sure you don’t use garlic salt, which will overpower your sauce.

Fresh Onion

Deepens the flavor of the sauce. You can substitute onion powder to save time.

Salt and Black Pepper

I recommend using coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

The salt unlocks the other flavors, but be sure you taste it so you don’t over-season your sauce.


  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Medium saucepan
  • Spoon or spatula
  • Stovetop or other heat source

How To Make Board and Brew Sauce

Step One: Heat the oil in the saucepan while dicing the garlic and onion.

Step Two: Add the garlic and onion to the saucepan when the oil is hot and saute under medium heat until they are soft but not brown, approximately five minutes.

Step Three: Add the ketchup, mustard, honey, and apple cider vinegar.

Step Four: Heat the sauce while stirring until all ingredients are blended and the sauce is heated.

Step Five: Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step Six: Feel free to adjust the amount of the ingredients to get your desired flavor and texture.

Step Seven: Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Other Things To Consider When Making Board and Brew Sauce

You Can Substitute Ingredients

Feel free to substitute ingredients or change any of the amounts to suit your taste.

For example, you can reduce the amount of apple cider vinegar for a thicker sauce. I like to add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to spice it up.

Consider changing the mustard. Dijon mustard gives the sauce a unique flavor that goes great with grilled chicken.

Or try substituting red or white wine vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar. You can even use balsamic vinegar to give it an Italian flair.

However, I recommend reducing the amount of honey to avoid over-sweetening the sauce.

The bottom line is to have fun with this recipe and try out some different variations to find your favorite version.

What Can I Eat with Board and Brew Sauce?

Board and Brew sauce is a super versatile sweet and sour sauce that goes great with a wide variety of dishes.

  • Besides sandwiches and burgers, consider serving it over grilled meat, chicken, or fish.
  • Use it as a marinade for beef and chicken instead of your typical barbeque sauce.
  • Add it to chicken wings to give them that tangy, sweet flavor.
  • Serve over baked potatoes for a new twist on a classic side dish.
  • Perfect for fall-off-the-bone barbeque ribs.
  • It goes great with pulled pork.
  • You can even add it to salads and grilled vegetables for a delicious change of pace.

Make More Than You Need!

Board and Brew sauce spices up any dish, especially grilled meats.

So go ahead and double the recipe. It keeps well in the fridge for up to two weeks, though I wouldn’t recommend freezing it.

It’s quick and easy to reheat or serve chilled. I always have some in the fridge to add that special tangy deliciousness to my weekday meals.

Yield: 2 Cups

Board and Brew Sauce Recipe

Board and Brew Sauce

Board and Brew sauce is a super versatile sweet and sour sauce that goes very well with a wide variety of dishes. And it only takes 5-10 mins to prepare!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped or minced
  • ¼ cup yellow or red onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup yellow or whole-grain mustard
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I recommend coarse sea salt)


  1. Add the oil to the saucepan and heat on medium heat.
  2. Peel and chop or mince the garlic cloves while the oil heats up.
  3. Peel and dice the onion.
  4. Add the onion and garlic to the saucepan and saute until soft but not brown, approximately five minutes. I like to add a pinch of salt to help soften the onion.
  5. Add the ketchup, mustard, honey, and apple cider vinegar to the saucepan and stir until the honey has dissolved and the sauce is heated.
  6. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. Serve warm or chill in the fridge until ready.


  • Want more heat? Spice up your sauce with a pinch (or two) of cayenne pepper.
  • Sprinkle in some smoked paprika or add a few drops of liquid smoke to give it a smokier, more intense flavor.
  • Add diced pickles or sweet pickle relish for texture and to enhance the sweetness.
  • If you don't have honey, you can substitute brown sugar.
  • Use a sweet white onion instead of the yellow or red onion to give your Board and Brew sauce a less intense onion flavor.
  • Don't have a lot of time? You can substitute ½ teaspoon of garlic powder and ¼ teaspoon of onion powder instead of the fresh garlic and onions.
  • Use rice wine vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar for a distinctive Asian taste.
  • Want more tomato flavor? Saute some diced tomatoes with the onion and garlic. It will increase the flavor and add some texture to your sauce.

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Nutrition Information:


2 Cups

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 617Total Fat: 16.4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 735mgCarbohydrates: 121.6gProtein: 6.65g
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