Episode 306: Where's the Smoke

Mustard-Beer Barbecue Sauce

Serve this with Texas Shoulder Clod.


Mustard-Beer Barbecue Sauce

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Makes 3 cups


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup dark beer
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Dijon-style mustard or yellow mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Recipe Steps

Step 1: Combine the ingredients in a heavy saucepan and whisk to mix. Simmer until thick and richly flavored, 10 minutes, whisking often. Correct the seasoning, adding vinegar or salt to taste: the sauce should be tangy and sharp.

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