Get sauced in DINE country – great summer sauce recipes

BBQ sauce recipes from Distinctive Inns of New EnglandSummer time is grilling time, so we polled the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers asking for some creative additions for the BBQ.  From Dave’s Tomato Butter to Leslie’s Root Beer BBQ glaze, we encourage you to “get sauced” with these creative recipes.  Then top it all off with a chocolate sundae – sauce compliments of the Gateways Inn & Restaurant. Better yet, start planning your New England romantic inn getaway for August, when summertime living is easy. The rockers on the porches, the swimming pools, and the firepits are siimply missing one thing: YOU.  Start planning your summer getaway to any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England today.

Try these recipes and let us know what you think.

Peach Barbecue Sauce Recipe from Rabbit Hill  Inn

When peaches are in season, it’s best time to explore new ways to enjoy this favorite stone fruit.  Without doubt, this versatile Peach Barbecue Sauce recipe will get you rave reviews!  Not only can you use ripe peaches, but this is great way to use those over ripe peaches that may be left behind. Don’t let those soft peaches go to waste!

Peach BBQ Sauce Recipe Notes:  yield-2 quarts / Note: You’ll need a food processor


Peach Bar B Q Sauce from Rabbit Hill Inn2 Tbsp unsalted butter

1 seeded jalapeno, medium diced

1 tsp garlic, minced

1 cup onion, medium diced

1 yellow pepper, medium diced

1/2 cup celery, medium chopped

2 lbs peaches, pitted and sliced

3/4 tsp ground ginger

3/4 tsp chili pepper

3/4 tsp ground mustard

2 tsp salt

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup berry vinegar

1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

1/3 cup ketchup

1/4 cup corn oil

6 Tbsp Maple syrup


  • Heat butter in a saucepan until melted.
  • Add jalapeno,garlic,onion,yellow pepper,and celery.
  • Sauté on medium heat for 7-10 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
  • Add spices (ginger, chili pepper, ground mustard, and salt) to the vegetable mixture. Stir  to incorporate flavor.
  • Add peaches. Cook for 10 minutes
  • Add vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and corn oil. Simmer for 12-15 minutes.
  • Add syrup and cook for 5 more minutes. *** If desired, a little bourbon would be a tasty addition too.
  • Remove from heat & cool.
  • Puree in food processor until smooth.

Dave’s Tomato Butter Recipe from the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina

This Tomato Butter is similar to a “Sweet & Spicy” salsa/relish/chutney and adds a “distinctive” addition to egg strata’s, omlets, burgers, steaks, cheese platters and crostini’s.  Guests also use it as a spread on toasts and bagels. It’s a wonderful summer treat.


 42 oz. of Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes (1 large/28 oz & 1 small/14 oz can)

Dave's amazing Tomato Butter recipe from Inn at Harbor Hill Marina1 Large Onion diced (~ 1+ Cup)

1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

2 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar

2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

3/4 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Pepper


  • In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients above and stir.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes then reduce heat to a low simmer ensuring the mixture is bubbling.
  • Simmer on low heat until the mixture thickens; normally about 2 and ½ hours (yes, that long).
  • After mixture thickens, let cool completely and store in refrigerator. The mixture should keep for up to 5 days.

CHOCOLATE SAUCE  from  Gateways Inn & Restaurant ( Yield: About 4 ½ Cups)

Of course during the summer you not only scream for ice cream, but also something to put on top of it!  Here’s a recipe for a rich, delicious chocolate sauce, perfect for that summer chocolate sundae.

Chocolate Sauce reipe from Gateways Inn & RestaurantIngredients

½ Cup Heavy Cream

½ Cup Granulated Sugar

¼ Cup Canola Oil

1 lb. Extra-Bittersweet Chocolate, such as Valrhona, finely chopped

½ Cup Milk


  • In a medium saucepan combine ¼ Cup of the cream, the sugar & oil.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Put the chocolate into a bowl. Pour the hot cream mixture over the
  • chocolate and stir until smooth and thoroughly blended.
  • Combine the remaining cup of cream and milk. Slowly pour into the chocolate,
  • Whisking well.   Serve warm.
  • Can be stored in refrigerator for a week. Reheat for serving.

 Homemade Root Beer BBQ Sauce from Rabbit Hill Inn (Yields 4 cups)

According to our friends at the Rabbit Hill Inn, root beer and BBQ sauce is a match made in heaven. Throughout barbecue season, discover this fun new BBQ sauce recipe with a hint of nostolgia from good ol fashioned root beer.  This recipe offers up the right combination of sweet, tangy, and spicy, There are no limits – this awesome homemade BBQ sauce recipe works on everything!

Root Beer Barbecue  Sauce Recipe yields 4 cups

Root Beer BBQ Sauce recipe from Rabbit Hill Inn Ingredients:

¼ cup minced onion

½ Tbls minced garlic
¼ tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp lemon zest
1 Tbls molasses

¼ cup brown sugar
3 Tbls Worcestershire sauce

¼ cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
1 cup ketchup

¼ cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed
1 cup root beer (the better the quality, the stronger the root beer flavor


  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and incorporate well.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer 30 minutes. Season with salt as desired.

This summer, if you can’t make it to your favorite DINE inn, at least you can enjoy some of the tastes of our inns using these recipes.  For more recipes from your favorite New England innkeepers, simply click on the RECIPE button above. Plan your next romantic getaway at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England by clicking on links below that will take you directly to each of their websites, where you can start planning the summer of 2017 romantic soiree.

In Massachusetts:  Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, Gateways Inn & Restaurant in Lenox, Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield and Captain’s House Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod.

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic

In New Hampshire:  Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness & Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield.

In Vermont:  Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford & Grafton Inn in Grafton

In Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn in Newport

In Maine:  Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport & Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden.