Uncle George's Beer BBQ sauce

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: My Uncle George was an Englishman from Nottingham, England, the land of Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, and likely the occasional Medieval pig roast. He shared this recipe with my family back in the 1970s (when we still lit our grill with lighter fluid). This is a mildly spicy sauce that's super flavourful. The addition of beer just seems to suit a summer day. bridget Oland

Food52 Review: This recipe lends itself to experimentation -- your choice of beer can add a subtle but distinct flavor to the sauce. My first try with this BBQ sauce involved a nice heavy stout and a full-flavored molasses, which brought a nice smoky bite to the pot. Wanting to see what the other end of the sauce spectrum tasted like, I made Uncle George's sauce again, this time with a hoppy IPA and milder molasses. This pairing brought out a spicy kick and was a winner in our household. One caution: you might want to simmer this for closer to 25 minutes for a thicker result.Kinhaven

Makes: 2 cups


  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worstershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup beer
In This Recipe


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Let cool and store in a jar; it will keep in the fridge for up to a month.

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Reviews (3) Questions (0)

3 Reviews

Alex D. March 31, 2014
Maybe the sciracha could be a chili sauce?
Or the louisiana could be too?
(I think so)
Mer May 10, 2013
not sure what is chili sauce?
Author Comment
bridget O. May 13, 2013
Chili sauce is a prepared sauce that is found is most grocery stores, usually stocked beside other prepared sauces.