Smokey BBQ Sauce Recipe

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Making a good BBQ sauce at home may sound difficult, but following this recipe will make it quick and easy for anyone to do. Use it for any smoked BBQ or grilled meat, veggies, or tofu.

Makes 2 Cups of BBQ Sauce (16oz)


  • 1/4 lb of smoked mesquite bacon, chopped into small pieces

  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • tablespoon of dried greek oregano

  • 8 oz of a stout or porter beer (for example, a Coffee Dino Smores Imperial Stout from Off Color Brewing)

  • 12 oz can of tomato sauce

  • 1/2 cup of vinegar

  • tbsp of Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tbsp of French’s mustard

  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tbsp of agave syrup

  • 8 oz can of chipotle salsa

  • Salt + pepper to taste


In a sauce pan, fry the bacon until it turns crispy. Add the onions, garlic, and oregano and sauté until they turn translucent. Add the beer and let it reduce by half. Once its thick, add the rest of the ingredients and bring the whole sauce to a boil. Stir well, bring down the heat, and let it cook for another 20 minutes. Add salt/pepper to your own taste.

Let the sauce sit for about 10 minutes and it should be ready for basting, dipping, or spreading.

Pairing suggestions:

This is a dark, thick sauce that needs to shine on its own. While the first thought would be to pair with another powerful stout or porter, the best route here would be to do a smooth lager or pils beer. The beer will let the food + sauce stand on its own without having to complete with more heavy malts of a dark beer.