My name is Richard and I am the author of GrillingWithRich.com. My good friend Seth, asked me to write a post for this blog about beer and barbecue. I was really looking forward to doing it. Instead of doing some boring history about how perfect beer and barbecue is together, (we already know that these two items work perfectly together) I am going to add some beer to my grilling. Now, I in the past on my site I have used beer as a way to infuse some flavor to my chicken and bratwarts, but instead of doing some boring post about how cool Beer Can chicken is, I decided to do something a bit more challenging and add beer to one of the most important ingredients to a successful barbecue dish – the SAUCE!!!
Now, where do we start? In-order to put together a great Beer infused Barbecue sauce we have to figure out what are the normal ingredients that go into a successful barbecue sauce and then make some adjustments when adding the beer. Another thing that we need to keep in mind is that we don’t want the beer to over power the barbecue flavor so we are going to keep the amount of beer in proportion to the other necessary ingredients.
After doing some research I found out that the most necessary ingredients in putting together a great barbecue sauce is Worcestershire Sauce, some chili, salt and pepper, and don’t forget some tomato paste, vinegar, spices, and a sweetener. (but the necessary ingredients will depend on what style of barbecue sauce you want to make. If you are interested in the various styles see my post about sauces by clicking here).
Okay now that we got the necessary barbecue ingredients out of the way, it is time to get down to infusing the beer into the sauce and then the actual cooking of the protein. Below are some ingredients that I will use for my barbecue beer sauce:
Ingredients that you will use:
- 1/4 cup oil (Extra Virgin Oil will work or any other kind of Oil)
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, chopped (you can also use garlic powder)
- 6 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 cups beer – I am not sure what specific beer you will want to use, this will depend on your taste. [Editors note: From the Mellin: remember the flavor and aromas of the beer will end up in the sauce so using a hoppy/bitter beer will result in a a hoppy/bitter sauce, I recommend a stout]
- 1/2 cup chili sauce (I am not a big chili sauce fan, so I am going to lower the amount. This is something that will differ for each person that is making it. If you like it spicy then you can add more chili sauce)
- 1 Red Pepper, chopped in little pieces (you can also use flakes etc… this is something that you can add if you like your bbq sauce spicy etc…)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- *Additional Ingredients that you might want to add: Vinegar Tomato Paste and a Sweetener)
Directions on how to put it all together:
- Heat the oil and saute onion and garlic together until both of them become very soft.
- After that you need to add the lemon juice, beer, chili sauce, Worcestershire and salt and cook over medium heat until sauce bubbles, for about 5 minutes.
This recipe for Beer Barbecue Sauce serves/makes 4.5 cups
Lastly, just pick the the type of meat that you want to marinade. You should marinade the meat in your Beer Infused BBQ Sauce for about 24 hours in your refrigerator, (this is just a suggestion the longer that you marinate the meat the better infused it will be). While grilling use the leftover sauce to brush the meat to help add more flavor. Then cook it to your preference and use your awesome Grill Grates to make perfect grill marks and most importantly enjoy the food!
I hope that you enjoyed this recipe! for great recipes and barbecue adventures check out my site: www.GrillingWithRich.com
See you at the Grill!