Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Guinness BBQ Sauce Recipe

Much to my chagrin, Bull's-Eye Brand BBQ sauce discontinued my favorite flavor; Guinness. This was a staple in our households and was used in everything from chicken and ribs, to cole slaw. I am determined to recreate the sauce myself. I found a few recipes on the internet, but none of the ones found were the flavor I was going for (especially as a cole slaw enhancement. 

Epicurious Guinness BBQ sauce: Tired this because it looked super easy, even though I knew it wasn't going to be the flavor profile I needed. This sauce has kick, and would be excellent atop a pulled pork sandwich.

Cooking with Curls Blog: Good sauce, although I did simmer it longer than the recipe called so it wouldn't be so runny. A little kick with some sweetness. Not a match to the Bull's-Eye Brand, but getting closer.

Bombchelle's Guinness BBQ sauce: Closer to the flavor profile of the bottled sauce, not exact, but very good. It's got a bit more heat than the Bull's-Eye brand, but is still smooth. Looking forward to tweaking this a bit more, but for now it's good to go for summer grill season.
  • 1 11.2 oz Bottle or Can Guinness® Draught
  • 1 cup all-natural ketchup
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of dark molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups organic dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon of dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

  1. Put Guinness® in sauce pan, boil, then simmer; reduce by half
  2. Add rest of ingredients and whisk, bring to boil, and then simmer for 40 to 45 minutes or until your desired thickness.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

2013 52 Recipe Challenge

Recipes 36, 38, 39, and 40
The 52 recipe challenge is a way of bringing together our friends far and wide who love to cook and share their successes and failures in the kitchen. The challenge; to make 52 new recipes in a single year. We had so much fun chatting online about food, recipes, kitchen catastrophes, and culinary creativity that we decided to take on the challenge again in 2013.

  1. Shellfish and Tomato Stew on Soft Polenta **
  2. Cappesante al Forno (Baked Scallops with Parmesan) -
  3. Baltimore-Style Crabcakes *
  4. Remoulade Sauce
  5. 40 Garlic Clove Chicken ***
  6. Crab and Butternut Squash Gratin *
  7. Cozze Al Forno (roasted Breaded Mussels)
  8. Bobby Flay Sausage Jambalaya
  9. Buttery Crab Bread Pudding
  10. Parmesan Roasted Asparagus
  11. Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs
  12. Sweet Cream Cake
  13. Asparagus with Pancetta
  14. Buffalo Pot Roast 
  15. Hershey's Chocolate Cake 
  16. Dry Brined Roasted Turkey  *
  17. Crab Lasagna
  18. Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Red Pepper *
  19. Sesame Grilled Asparagus *
  20. Roast Provençal Chicken *** 
  21. Greek Chopped Salad *
  22. Steak Fajitas *
  23. Adobo Chicken
  24. Butter Braised Onions -
  25. Grilled Maple-Chile Chicken *
  26. Homemade Almond Butter
  27. Red Lettuce Salad with Balsamic Onions *
  28. Spiced Grilled Chicken with Duck Sauce *
  29. Summer Panzanella *
  30. Pesto Genovese -
  31. Rolled Flank Steak with Prosciutto and Basil *
  32. "Sun"-Dried Oven-Dried Tomatoes *
  33. Sautéed Swiss Chard with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Feta *
  34. Grilled Carrots *
  35. Tomato, Watermelon, and Cucumber Salad
  36. Guinness BBQ Sauce *
  37. Cucumber Fennel Salad with Yogurt Dressing -
  38. Alton Brown's Smoked Pulled Pork *
  39. Steven Raichlen's Texas-Style Smoked Brisket *
  40. Jalapeno Corn Bread *
  41. Brown Butter Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies *
  42. Coq au Vin *
  43. Spiral Baked Potatoes -
  44. Damn Fine Paleo Chicken *
  45. Lamb Osso Buco *
  46. Cucumber Salad
  47. Zinfandel Braised Beef Brisket -
  48. Basic Breakfast Potatoes *
  49. Pasta in Creamy Crab and Wine Sauce -
  50. Risotto with Butternut Squash and Sausage *
  51. Chardonnay Braised Chicken Thighs with Parsnips *
  52. Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars *
  53. Baked Oatmeal *
  54. Winter Squash Overload
  55. Braised Veal *
  56. Crock Pot Apple Butter *
  57. * denotes a dish I'll make again
    - denotes a dish we didn't like

    Top 5 of 2013:
    1. Shellfish and Tomato Stew on Polenta
    5. 40 Garlic Clove Chicken
    20. Roast Provençal Chicken (Picnic Chicken)
    33. Sautéed Swiss Chard with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Feta
    54. Delicata Squash Oven Fries