For Pete’s Sake…

8 Jul


Thank goodness for cocktail parties and loose lips.

Family lore has it that the recipe for our city’s storied drive-in burger joint’s barbecue sauce was happily shared by a trusted source (Gus or Barbara Pieters themselves?) after our mother asked for it at a cocktail party decades ago

This simple burger combo is summer personified: the crunch of diced white onion, puckery dill pickle, and yellow mustard provide a great foil for this sweet barbecue sauce used as a rich bath for stacks of beefy patties.

And their daily-made barbecue sauce is applied liberally, as per this messy picture:peters 2peters

1/2 cup ketchup
1 to 2 tbsp worchestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
Boil the sauce, add cooked hamburgers and simmer.

Behold a rival recipe from Blake:


1 cup ketchup

1 cup water

1 chopped onion

4 tablespoons lemon juice

3 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce

1 tablespoon chili powder

8-12 hamburger patties (barbecued)

Mix all ingredients in large oven pan (e.g. turkey roaster). Barbecue hamburgers and mix into sauce. Bake at 300F for 2 hours (or put into Crock Pot and heat).  Great made a day ahead and reheated, especially for backyard picnics.

NB:  Don’t disclose recipe to even your closest friends. (Something along the lines of “If I tell you, I’d have to kill you.”.)

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