This is a great Barbecue | BBQ sauce recipe, that falls in the tomato-based realm of BBQ style sauce recipes. I use the flavors from a Stout Beer (American Imperial Stout, American Stout, English Oatmeal Stout, English Stout, English Sweet / Milk Stout, Foreign / Export Stout, Irish Dry Stout, Russian Imperial Stout) to add a roasty | chocolate | coffee | espresso element to help add balance to the acid of the tomatoes while enhancing the flavor of the dried chilies. This Stout BBQ Sauce recipe blends the beer styles attributes, making it wonderful as a side sauce to serve alongside, or used as a basting sauce for the last 30 minutes of cooking, allowing the BBQ sauce to caramelize onto the protein being smoked.
Making this Stout Beer Barbecue Sauce recipe from scratch is so much better than a store-bought sauce. Most of the store brand sauces are packed full of sugars, starches, and cheaper ingredients. This recipe uses molasses to sweeten the sauce, bringing not just the flavor of the molasses, but the added nutrients from this sugar by-product, rich in vitamins and minerals and mimics some of the flavors found in a stout beer. By making your own BBQ sauce, you can control the quality of the ingredients, adjust the flavors to your liking, enhance the final meal, and will impress your guests.
This sauce is perfect on my Smoked Beef Brisket with Chocolate Ancho Rub, but can be used for a dip for my Beer Brined Chicken Wings (when made with a smoked porter or stout), mixed with pulled pork or chicken to make a sandwich or mixed with White Miso Malt Vinegar Mayonnaise to make a sauce | condiment for a sandwich. A nice counterpoint to this BBQ sauce would be an IPA Mustard Sauce for BBQ.
Try brushing this Stout BBQ Sauce on sliced eggplant or jackfruit, then smoke or oven roast in a 400°F | 204°C oven for 30 minutes. This will create a great vegan or vegetarian version of BBQ for all your quests to enjoy together!
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Cheers and Eat Beer!