Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
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
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.