Best Barbecue Recipes: Easy Beer Barbecue Sauce & Baked Beans

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Best Barbecue Recipes: Baked Beans & Easy Beer Barbecue Sauce

Our Best Barbecue Recipes Will Make Your Labour Day Barbecue Better.

Barbecue loves molasses. Whether it’s sauces or marinades or hearty side dishes, molasses suits all that we love about eating outdoors. To help make your summer barbecue even better we’re sharing two of our best barbecue recipes: a multi-purpose barbecue sauce and classic baked beans.

Molasses Baked Beans are a standard barbecue side dish  for many. I didn’t grow up eating baked beans in summer but the more I dig into barbecue recipes the more I come across baked beans recipes. Cowboy Beans appear on all sorts of lists for best BBQ side dishes. Cowboys and baked beans do go together, along with meat cooked over the fire, so I definitely understand the baked beans-barbecue connection.

This recipe for Molasses Baked Beans is based on the baked beans recipe that I grew up with. It’s an adaptation of  recipe out of the Laura Secord Canadian Cookbook. The book was originally published in 1966 but was reprinted a few years ago. Here’s the recipe.

Best Barbecue Recipes: Baked Beans & Easy Beer Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Barbecue Sauce Takes Just 10 Minutes to Make.

I grew up eating my uncle’s homemade Beer Barbecue Sauce. I know there must be 100 different kinds of prepared barbecue sauce on the grocery store shelf but if you can grab 10 spare minutes to make your own it is so worth the tiny bit of effort. And if you’re into beer, especially craft beer, you can have all sorts of fun trying different kinds of beer in this recipe.

Beer Barbecue Sauce is flavourful but not overpowering so is great with chicken and vegetables along with pork and steak. Here’s the recipe

Best Barbecue Recipes: Baked Beans & Easy Beer Barbecue Sauce

Do you have big plans for the Labour Day weekend?

These may be our best barbecue recipes (they’re two of my favourites) but we have so many more barbecue recipes to share. If you’re in search of more ideas to feed a crowd, download our free Barbecue eBook. In it you’ll find 15 recipes that are just right for the last hurrah of the summer.  Enjoy!

BBQ eBook An easy-to-download eBook featuring 15 recipes that are just right for summer.

Quick Pickled Onions for a Taste of Spring

Servings: 4-6 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

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Quick pickled onions are mellow and tart with the fresh taste of lime juice and just a hint of savoury sweet from molasses.

A speedy way to give your main dish meal a spring touch.

Quick pickled onions are mellow and tart with the fresh taste of lime juice and just a hint of savoury sweet from molasses.

They’re just the thing for an early spring barbecue or any fresh-tasting meal that has a hint of summer. We love them tucked in with fish tacos and as a topper on turkey burgers. They’re great tossed into salads too.

Quick pickled onions are mellow and tart with the fresh taste of lime juice and just a hint of savoury sweet from molasses.

Spring arrived yesterday, just like that, with 20 degree weather, a warm breeze and loads of sunlight. That got me thinking about lighter fare, fresher meals and toppers like pickled onions. You’ll find that quick pickled onions will suit just about any savoury food you plan to eat between now and the end of August.

Quick pickled onions are mellow and tart with the fresh taste of lime juice and just a hint of savoury sweet from molasses.

Quick pickled onions are versatile because their flavour has been mellowed by the lime juice and salt. So there is none of that strong onion flavour and lingering heat that you get with a regular raw onion.

I’m sharing the recipe as I enjoy it, but feel free to adjust to your tastes buy adding more or less lime juice and molasses.

Quick Pickled Onion Recipe

Ingredients:

  • One red onion, peeled & halved lengthwise
  • Juice of a large lime
  • ¼ tsp. lime zest (or more, if you like)
  • 1 tsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Pinch of pepper

Instructions:

  1. Slice the onion crosswise, as thinly as possible. Place in a medium bowl (with room for tossing) and toss with remaining ingredients.
  2. Let sit for 20 minutes or so to macerate.

Will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

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6 Easy Kabob Recipes to Feed a Crowd

Servings: 6-8 serving(s)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

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This collection of kabob recipes includes 6 terrific marinades that you can mix and match.

6 easy kabob recipes, including chicken, pork, fish, shrimp, steak and 6 marinade recipes that you can mix and match

Go ahead, invite a crowd for supper

Here on the East Coast the forecast for the Labour Day weekend is fantastic. It’s hard to think about the kids going back to school when it’s 28 F, which is just fine with me. I plan to soak up all that summer has to offer this holiday weekend and hopefully do lots of late-summer swimming before we haul the raft out of the water at our cottage.

We’ll have family with us this weekend so easy meals are on the menu.

My go-to recipe for speedy meals for a crowd is kabobs.

Kabobs (or skewers, as we sometimes call them) cook quickly and are easy to cook on the barbecue or in the oven. Even better, rubs and marinades can be adapted to all sorts of protein, from chicken and pork to salmon, beef, shrimp and vegetables.

We have a great selection of kabob recipes to share. Take your pick and enjoy the holiday weekend.

Tip: Make large and small kabobs so guests can choose according to appetites and food doesn’t get wasted.

Tip: I like to cook my vegetables on separate kabobs since coking times for protein and vegetables can vary considerably.

6 Easy Kabob Recipes

Includes 6 terrific marinade recipes that you can mix and match

Teriyaki Salmon Skewers

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Ginger Chicken Kabobs

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Chili Molasses Steak Kabobs

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Marinated Shrimp Skewers

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Coriander Salmon Skewers

Molasses salmon

Marinated Pork Kabobs

 

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9 Barbecue Recipes for the August Long Weekend

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If you have a big barbecue planned for the holiday weekend we have main dish, salad and dessert recipes that you’ll want to try.

These 9 recipes are the finalists in our “Sweeten Your Summer” barbecue Recipe Contest with Food Bloggers of Canada. For the contest we invited member bloggers to submit their favourite barbecue recipes that are inspired by molasses. There were three categories.

As you’ll see, we have our work cut out for us when it comes to choosing a winner for each category. Prepare to charm your barbecue guests with these recipes that make the most of your favourite summer ingredients.

Barbecue Main Dishes

Blueberry Molasses Pork Tenderloin

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Blueberry Bourbon BBQ Sauce

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The ProMo Burger

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Barbecue Salads & Sides

Sweet Potato Molasses Biscuits with Molasses Butter

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Grilled Nectarine Salad

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3-M Grilled Summer Fruit Salad

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Summer Desserts

Molasses Pecan Praline No-Churn Ice Cream

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Wet-Bottom Shoofly Pie

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Bourbon Molasses Ice Cream Pie

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Beer barbecue sauce with molasses – let summer begin!

Servings: Makes 1 1/2 cups serving(s)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

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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.

Tip:

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 nexessary)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ½ cup beer
  1. 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.)
  2. 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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