Ravens tailgate recipe: Homemade sauce has stout flavor
By JOHN THOMAS
For The Baltimore Sun|
Nov 26, 2014 | 8:37 AM
A good homemade BBQ sauce is a great thing to have on hand at the tailgate. BBQ sauce is one of those things that can be put on anything, from grilled chicken breasts to slow-smoked pulled pork and even bacon cheddar cheeseburgers. The flavor of this BBQ sauce can be modified simply by using imperial stout beers from different breweries. An imperial stout is a beer that has rich, deep and complex flavors. Flavors such as coffee, fruits and chocolate are commonly present in an imperial stout. Many craft breweries vary the recipes wildly, so use whatever imperial stout you think tastes the best. This recipe also allows you to use your favorite type of BBQ dry rub. Rubs are spice mixes that are commonly found near the sauce or spice section in the grocery store.
The day before the tailgate, take a medium-sized sauce pan and slowly pour in a cup of your favorite imperial stout beer. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk the mixture to remove any clumps. This step is critical to creating a smooth, velvety BBQ sauce. Bring the sauce to a boil then reduce heat. Stir often for 20-30 minutes. Allow the sauce to cool and then place in a sauce bottle. When refrigerated, the sauce lasts for two to three weeks.