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Pantry Preserving: Beer and Bacon BBQ Sauce

Beer and Bacon BBQ Sauce

This week marks the first ever Texas Barbecue Week!  So, I thought in honor of this very delicious week, I would share a sauce that I created based on inspiration from Lady Behind the Curtain and Picture Perfect Meals.  This sauce combines two of our favorite things: bacon and beer!  I used Rahr and Sons Texas Red Amber Lager for this recipe, but you could use any amber beer.  Or experiment with other beer varieties for a little bit different flavor.

Beer and Bacon BBQ Sauce

  • 8 oz Texas 1015 onion, or any other sweet yellow onion variety
  • 2 oz bacon grease
  • 4 oz tomato paste
  • 12 oz Rahr and Sons Texas Red, or any other amber beer
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbs cumin
  • 1 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 Tbs paprika
  • 2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbs cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

If you don’t already have bacon grease on hand (I usually save some to refrigerate after making bacon for breakfast), fry up 3-4 pieces of bacon.  Reserve two ounces of bacon grease and save the bacon for later use (or eat as one of the perks of being the cook!).

Using a dutch oven or other large pot, saute onion in the bacon grease.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and cook until translucent.

Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes.

Add tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, and paprika to the onion mixture and cook for 1 minutes.

Pour in beer, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, and mustard.

Bring to a boil.  Once at a steady boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Turn off heat.  Utilize the immersion blender and mix until smooth.  Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if necessary.

Ladle the sauce into the jars, leaving 1/4 inch of head space.  Remove any air bubbles if necessary.  Wipe the rims clean and seal tightly with the lids.

Process the jars for 20 minutes in boiling water bath.

25 comments on “Pantry Preserving: Beer and Bacon BBQ Sauce

  1. Cloches & Lavender
    July 15, 2013


    This sounds so good and different!


  2. apuginthekitchen
    July 15, 2013

    The BBQ sauce sounds wonderful! Bacon grease and beer is such a great idea to use in the sauce.

  3. Lisa
    July 15, 2013

    Yum! Yum! Yum! How can this not be good? Thanks for the link, and I’m definitely bookmarking this one for later. 🙂

    • Green Door Hospitality
      July 16, 2013

      Thanks Lisa!! And thank YOU for calling my attention to the fact that it is Texas Barbecue Week! 🙂

  4. Home Seasons
    July 15, 2013

    Texas bbq week?! Sounds delicious already!

  5. Yum! I like that you can process this recipe. The biggest reason I shy away from homemade BBQ and ketchup is that I never finish it before the jar goes bad, and the recipes don’t always come with processing time/instructions so I’m a little nervous about relying on preservation. Looking forward to some smoky sweet goodness!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      July 16, 2013

      We’re in the same boat, Alicia! Love making my own condiments but really big on being able to process them so that they last. And I’ll be posting a homemade ketchup recipe later this summer complete with processing instructions!! 🙂

  6. the Painted Apron
    July 15, 2013

    How much fun Kenley, I immediately forwarded it to my BBQ and bacon lovin son, I bet you will be famous with all his buddies now! I can’t wait to try this, the way to a man’s heart…..bacon and bbq! 🙂

    • Green Door Hospitality
      July 16, 2013

      Oh I hope your son enjoys!! And yes indeed — bacon and bbq and the man is yours. 😉 (Oh and making a good pie too! That’s actually how my husband fell in love with me we like to joke. )

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  8. Delish! You are a canning machine lately! Very impressive 🙂 We should schedule a canning meet up soon. If not, fall apple butter canning day? Yes please!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      July 16, 2013

      Thanks Sarah! Oh my…canning up the wazzoo! And doing small batches of things so that we don’t break the bank before our garden is ready to grow all this stuff ourselves. 😉
      I think a canning meet up soon sounds like a really great idea. Let’s email some details. 🙂

  9. Lulu
    July 16, 2013

    I always like a beer based bar b que sauce, and with you being a Texas gal, I know this one will be tasty.
    Thank you, Kenley, for your kind reference last week.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      July 16, 2013

      Thanks Lulu! Us Texas gals gotta stick together– especially when it comes to BBQ. 😉
      And it was my pleasure!

  10. now at home mom
    July 16, 2013

    🙂 this sounds very good Kenley! 🙂

  11. cristinasandru
    July 17, 2013

    Dear Kenley, this recipe it’s awesome, I’ll give it a try soon, thank you for sharing! It sounds great!
    Have a lovely day! 🙂
    Hugs, Cristina

  12. gotasté
    July 19, 2013

    I can imagine having this with all the gorgeous meat. yummmm!

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