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Barbecue Maple Syrup Pecan Bars

Think of cowboy bars as pecan squares gone “heehaw!”  These cowboy bars have a familiar and always inviting shortbread crust (this time with a touch of oatmeal for texture) and they’re topped with BBQ sauce, maple syrup and pecans.  Yahoo!  Sweet, smokey, buttery, salty, and earthy with the smell of finger-lickin’ BBQ sauce, these bars will create a gold rush-style stampede.

Barbecue Maple Syrup Pecan Bars

You’ll see in the photo above that I made two different styles of bars.

Version one has four layers:

  1. Shortbread crust
  2. Maple syrup and BBQ sauce
  3. Shortbread crumbs
  4. Crushed pecans

Version two has only two layers:

  1. Shortbread crust
  2. Maple syrup and BBQ sauce with pecans mixed in

The flavor of both versions is identical, the only difference is the crumb.

Version one is my favorite of the two – I’m a crumb glutton.  However, the flaw in the first version is that the crumb topping and loose pecans fall off all over the place.  Do I care?  I do not!  However, if I were bringing cowboy bars to a party and the host had carpeting, I’d opt for version two.

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Barbecue Maple Syrup Pecan Bars
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Cowboy Bars With Crumb Topping

These cowboy bars have a familiar and always inviting shortbread crust and they're topped with BBQ sauce, maple syrup, and pecans.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cowboy bar recipe, cowboy bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Calories 290kcal

Ingredients

Shortbread Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

BBQ Maple Syrup Filling Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce I suggest something thick, sweet, and smoky.
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Use your hands to mix all shortbread ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. You should end up with a loose crumb.
  • Lightly grease a 12.8" x 9.5" x 2" baking pan.
  • Press half of the shortbread mixture into the bottom of the baking pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the shortbread just begins to brown.
  • In a small saucepan, heat all BBQ maple syrup filling ingredients except the pecans on medium heat until they begin to boil.
  • Pour BBQ maple syrup mixture over baked shortbread crust.
  • Top with remaining shortbread dough and chopped pecans.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Turn heat up to 375 and bake for another 15 minutes.
  • When cool, cut into squares and serve.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cowboy Bars With Crumb Topping
Amount Per Serving
Calories 290 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Potassium 139mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 21g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 5.4%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 4.2%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Barbecue Maple Syrup Pecan Bars
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Cowboy Bars Without the Crumb Topping

Just two simple layers. They are missing the topping, but that's good when you don't want to make a mess!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ maple syrup, cowboy bar recipe, cowboy bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 16 bars
Calories 246kcal

Ingredients

Shortbread Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

BBQ Maple Syrup Filling Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce I suggest something thick, sweet, and smoky.
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Use your hands to mix all shortbread ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. You should end up with a loose crumb.
  • Lightly grease a 12.8" x 9.5" x 2" baking pan.
  • Press the entire shortbread mixture into the pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the shortbread just begins to brown.
  • In a small saucepan, heat all BBQ maple syrup filling ingredients except the pecans on medium heat until they begin to boil.
  • Mix pecans into BBQ maple syrup mixture and pour over cooked shortbread.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • When cool, cut into squares and serve.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cowboy Bars Without the Crumb Topping
Amount Per Serving
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Potassium 124mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 18g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 4.4%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 3.8%
Iron 4.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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