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RECIPE: Beer Barbecue Sauce

Add beer to your homemade barbecue sauce. Photo by EasyBuy4U | IST.


Spell it barbecue, barbeque or BBQ: May is National Barbecue Month.

Here’s a delicious homemade beer barbecue sauce from Samuel Adams. You don’t have to be a beer drinker to enjoy it: The malt and hops provide a subtle lift in flavor and complexity that everyone can appreciate.



  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 bottle Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 Tbsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup tomato paste


    1. HEAT all ingredients in a large sauce pan; stir and cover.

    2. REDUCE by half and simmer over low heat for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

    3. STRAIN and serve with your favorite grilled meat or poultry.

    You don’t have to use lager; any beer you have on hand will work well, although a more mild wheat beer will have a different impact on the sauce than a hoppy IPA.

    Personally, we’re in the IPA camp. If you barbecue a lot, try different types of beer in the sauce. You may find that what you like to cook with differs from what you like to drink.


    Add a bottle to the sauce, then drink the rest with your barbecue. Scattered in front pf the beer are the barley and hops used to make it. Photo courtesy Samuel Adams.



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