Friday, October 22, 2010

beer - not just for breakfast anymore!

The National Pork Producers Council declares October "National Pork Month" (or "Porktober" as some like to call it). The Lonesome Road kitchen could not let this momentous culinary event go by without at least one porcine preparation. It was hard to narrow it down, but a tasty barbecue sauce will win almost every time.
This Beer and Molasses Barbecue Sauce by silvergami superman, beer aficionado, Team Bacon! compadre and all-around great guy Allegro Arts has just the right combination of things we like on our gravel road outside of prison town: beer, a touch of garlic, full sweet flavor - and NO KETCHUP.
Mr. Arts recommends using a darker beer like a Sam Adams porter or cream stout, or even a good hoppy beer like an IPA. Here on The Road, we used a Sam Adams Octoberfest with terrific results.
This recipe makes quite a bit of sauce so you can either sauce up anything that moves or freeze some for another day!
  • Two 12 oz. bottles of beer (one for you, one for the sauce)
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • One 12-ounce bottle chili sauce (Mr. Arts recommends Heinz; on the Lonesome Road we used Homade, probably because I love the cute little round jar.)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic (finely diced)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder (like Colman's)
In a saucepan, pour in 1-1/2 cups of beer.
Add the remaining ingredients and simmer over medium/low heat to reduce it to about half of the original volume, about an hour; drink the remaining beer while you wait for the sauce to thicken. When done, the sauce should be sticky but still runny.
To use, baste repeatedly over meat while grilling to build up a caramelized coating.
Mr. Arts recommends this for pork and chicken (check out the pork chop, above!), and I'm thinking that this would make a tasty and different dipping sauce - and would probably be fantastic mixed in with some baked beans.
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Above: amazing "silvergami" fine silver jewelry by Allegro Arts.


Stephanie said...

leave it to allegro to know a good recipe involving beer

Lonesome Road Studio said...

Yes, he's the go-to man!


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