Servings: Makes 1 1/2 cups serving(s)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
This homemade beer barbecue sauce with molasses is simple and so flavourful. Use it on chicken, steak, vegetables, whatever. It’s great for oven “barbecuing” too.
This is that last day of school for my kids so the official kick off to summer in my books. The occasion calls for a summer barbecue to celebrate two months of freedom and a break from the morning rush.
This beer barbecue sauce recipe came from my Uncle George decades ago. He was very into grilling and we were not so this recipe helped us along. I can’t say we ever became a family of barbecue aficionado but our meals made on the grill could pass with a push.
How to cook chicken on the barbecue using indirect heat:
I have always felt out of my element cooking with the barbecue so more often than not default to “oven” barbecuing. I suspect the distance between the kitchen and the barbecue is much to blame since all of that running back and forth to manage things cooking in both places is often more effort than it’s worth. Still, I have somewhat mastered the art of indirect cooking on our backyard grill. It’s a wonderful method for half chickens and is more relaxing since there is no need to hover over the flames. Instead you simply heat the grill to medium, turn off one side, place the chicken on the “off” side and close the lid. There is a little moving and flipping required from time to time since the side of the bird closest to the heat cooks more quickly but still, it’s fairly low maintenance.
When the chicken is pretty much cooked through I apply a few layers of this sauce during the final 10 minutes or so of cooking.
To change up this recipe use different types of beer. We have always made beer barbecue sauce with a locally brewed lager but I had a note from someone who tried it with a sturdy stout beer and had great success.
Beer Barbecue Sauce with Molasses
- 1/2 cup minced onion
- ½ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
- ¼ cup Dijon mustard
- ½ cup chili sauce
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (look for gluten-free if necessary)
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- ½ cup beer
- Saute the onion in 1 Tbsp. of oil until soft. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer for 10-20 minutes. (Sauce will thicken as it cools.)
- Brush barbecue sauce on grillables during the last few minutes of grilling.
Nutritional info: Per Tbsp. Calories: 24, Fat: 0 g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 29.5 mg, Carbs: 5.4 g, Sugar: 3.3 g
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