Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Beer and Molasses Steak (BBQ) Sauce

As seen on grilled chicken skewers :)

This sauce was part of a recipe for grilled NY Strip steaks from the Neelys. I made it, intending to just serve it with the steak, but it made so much, and was so delicious, that I later used it on chicken as well. This BBQ sauce is super simple and uses items you probably already have on had - no need to buy a bottled kind instead! This particular recipe is a thick, bold, tangy, and sweet sauce all in one. You can adjust the heat as you prefer - I used less than half the suggested cayenne and it still had a kick to it (though I'm pretty sensitive to spice).

Just throw it all in and let it simmer for awhile - your house will smell amazing and it'll thicken up really nicely. You could always double the batch and freeze some of it for later use!

Beer and Molasses Steak (BBQ) Sauce
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup apple cider
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup lager-style beer
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon paprika

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and garlic and saute for 3 minutes, until softened. Add the rest of the ingredients; bring to a boil, then simmer until sauce is reduced to 2 cups, about 30 minutes (I simmered mine much longer to get a thicker sauce).

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