Beer and Ginger Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Hola Amigos! The weekend is soon approaching and weather willing there will be a lot of grill firing and delicious cooking across the Nation! One of the fundamental elements of a good BBQ and grilling experience is a good Barbecue Sauce.

Now, there is a whole lot of BBQ Sauces to choose from, with different condiments, spices and notes. From the very mild fast food kid friendly flavor to the spicy fire breathing hand me a gallon of milk sauces. All of them good and with  numerous fans each and an entire group of folks falling in between.

Let me start by saying that I'm not a BBQ sauce fan, bottles are purchased in this house for the enjoyment of my husband and teen son. Maybe because I grew up without it and throughout the years, I still haven't developed a taste for it. BUT...sometimes I like to give certain foods a little kick and that is when I use this Homemade BBQ Sauce. To me is the right combination of sweetness and spice to go perfect with any food, not only burgers, but fish, chicken and even beans! oh yeah...love it with Black Beans...but that is another story.
Salmon Burger Dipped in my BBQ Sauce

This is a tomato based sauce and I will try to give measurements to the best of my knowledge, but you know how it is with homemade foods sometimes, everything is eyeballed and never measured.

Beer and Ginger BBQ Sauce

3/4 Cup Beer
1 inch Ginger Root
1 Small onion
 1 Clove Garlic
1tsps oil
1 small Can Tomato Sauce
1/4 Cup Ketchup
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Molasses
1 Tsps Soy Sauce 
1 Chipotle Bullion (2 if you want it really hot)

In a food processor, mince with a several pulses the ginger root, onion and garlic. Pulse until you cant' see pieces of garlic anymore. In a medium saucepan, medium low heat, add the Tsps of oil and fry the previous mix until onions are transparent, stirring constantly for it not too stick to the bottom and burn, Add Beer, Tomato sauce, Ketchup, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Soy Sauce and crushed Chipotle Bullion. Bring it to a boil, lower the temperature to low ad cook for 15 minutes on low heat until thickens.
Makes 1 Cup of Sauce. Stores well refrigerated.

I realize you wont be able to get as much as with your bottles at the grocery store, but it's so rich and tasty that a little goes a long way.

I add a little bit while I'm cooking my beans for a nice smoky sweet flavor and with the fish it was divine! The ginger and chipotle also gives it a subtle heat note, if you want more heat, then add more ginger or chipotle. 

Thank You for visiting the blog today! Give this little sauce a try if you are like me and need something with your own personal signature to enjoy your next grilling party!

Remember everything tastes better with a Pinch of Love!


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  1. This looks amazing..and since Mr. Pyjamas tends to douse everything in sauce Im definitely going to make it for him. Ok-maybe I'll try a little bit too for quality control.

  2. Father's Day is coming up, and I see a great sauce to use for the mandatory grilling that will take place that day! Woot!

  3. Lovely work, Lizbeth! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is about all things BBQ? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. Cheers