12 Homemade Beer BBQ Sauce Recipe

I am crazy excited to be among 9 other fabulous bloggers throwing down our favorite barbecue techniques. Today I’m showing off my sassy Homemade BBQ Beer Sauce, and let me tell you, it’s nothing short of Lip-Smackin’!

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So the beau is OBSESSED with barbecue sauce. We’ve tried almost every flavor our grocery stores have to offer, including the odd yet equally delicious ones, like Mango BBQ?! One time, we came across this clearance sale on Budweiser BBQ sauce, we bought a bottle, gave it a try, and were hooked. We could hardly make it back to the store quick enough to clear them out. 

And seriously, my guy puts BBQ sauce on everything! I really mean e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. You’d think he’d get sick of it by now but with all the varieties out there… I guess the opportunities are endless to him. As such, we always seem to be down to the last couple drops.

With our dwindling stash in mind, I took matters into my own hands and experimented with making our own Beer barbecue sauce. Armed with the beau and the MIL as the official taste testers, the Budweiser BBQ sauce taste as motivation and the contents of our cupboard, I set out into some uncharted territories (for me anyway). Ok maybe it wasn’t so scary when I found Life Food and Beer’s recipe as a base.

So as a good little experimental cook, I altered it giving it my own little twist:

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Homemade Beer BBQ Sauce
Recipe yield: about 2 3/4 cups

  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1 1/4 cup Beer (we had miller lite on hand)
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Onion, chopped
  • 1/8 cup Honey (feel free to rough measure)
  • 1 tablespoon + 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Heat on medium-low or 250°F in an electric skillet, constantly stirring for 35 minutes.
  3. Let cool for 2-3 minutes, then transfer the sauce to the blender. Blend until desired consistency (we like ours pretty smooth).
  4. Using a funnel, pour into a *sterilized bottle (we reused a glass Ketchup bottle).
*be sure to properly sterilize your bottle to avoid cross-contamination. Simply fully submerge the glass and cap into room temperature water, then let boil for approx. 5 minutes.

The original recipe from Life Food and Beer called for molasses and since we generally don’t carry it in our cupboard I substituted (less) honey with great results. I also played with the quantities *cough more beer cough* to taste. #badtothebone

To say beau approved is an understatement. He pretty much demanded (very unlike him) 3 bottles on-hand at all times. And the MIL- well the look on her face said it all. She was impressed. I even asked at least three separate occasions just to be sure.

Simple Homemade Beer BBQ Sauce Recipe | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com #homemade #recipe #BBQ #BBQ_sauce #Barbecue

Simple Homemade Beer Barbecue Sauce Recipe | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com #homemade #recipe #BBQ #BBQ_sauce #Barbecue

We’ve added this sweet yet malty barbecue sauce on everything from Meatballs, to Sloppy Joes, to Mini-Smokies, to Grilled Chicken. We’ve even substituted it in our BBQ Chicken Pizza. Yumm!

I had so much fun experimenting in the kitchen and I know you’ll just LOVE this recipe! If you try it, or even add your own flair, I’d love to hear alllll about it!

And now, kick back and enjoy a virtual cocktail with the rest of my fancy co-hosts as they reveal their biggest barbecue secrets... just click on the image or the links below!

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  1. Sounds delicious! Will definitely have to try this one out this summer!

  2. Trisha, I am also head over heels in love with BBQ sauce and your version sounds PERFECT! I bet all those flavors taste like bliss on any sort of meat :)

    Amy | Club Narwhal

  3. Yummmmmm - this sounds delicious! And your photos are gorgeous!!

  4. I could totally make this BBQ Sauce. Really beautiful images too.

  5. Youve got skill! I bet my hubby would love this! Thanks so much for sharing with us for the blog hop!

  6. Oooo that sounds awesome! I'll have to try it out!

  7. Um, yummy! I've never heard of beer BBQ sauce, but I'm pretty sure my hubby would go bananas over it! Thanks so much for sharing, friend! Pinned!

    ~Abby =)

  8. Um. With this one recipe you've basically become my most favorite person ever. I love beer and I love BBQ sauce. Can't wait to make this!

  9. I cannot wait to try this barbecue sauce and I'm imagining all the possibilities with different beers - you've seen our beer wall - we can get a little cray over here ;) This looks SO good and has me craving bbq hardcore!

  10. I've never made my own sauce before, but this sounds amazing!
    Corey @ TinySidekick.com

  11. I love homemade BBQ sauce! My husband has made some before. I love the way it can be customized. Thank you for sharing at The Creative Exchange!

  12. Beer BBQ sauce how ingenious and perfect for this upcoming weekend! I had to feature it on this weeks Creative Spark Link Party. This girl has a weakness for BBQ and Beer. http://bit.ly/1vvIGjo


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