Easy IPA BBQ Sauce to use all Summer Long

BBQ Ribs glazed with IPA Sauce

BBQ Ribs glazed with IPA Sauce

The majority of store-purchased, jarred BBQ sauces are loaded with sugar, and to be honest, this just isn't necessary. Here is one of our favorites that's super easy to make, with the added bonus of using light molasses instead of the usual refined sugars.

I created this way back in 2005 for a craft brewery in my home state of Minnesota called Summit Brewing Company. This recipe along with others from breweries across the USA was featured in a small industry cookbook called Cooking with Beer. With the plethora of new and exciting craft breweries popping up, you should have lots of options for the IPA called for in the recipe.  IPAs have differing amounts of hops and these amounts will definitely impact the flavor of your sauce. Look on the bottle for the IBU amount, this is an acronym for "International Bittering Units". Beers will range in bitterness from 5 to 120, read more about this scale here.


1 1/4 Cup                     Chili Sauce
3/4 Cup                       Light molasses
3/4 Cup                       IPA (Use your favorite)
2 Tablespoons            Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon               Smoked Pimenton Paprika (Sweet or Hot)
1 Tablespoon               Chili Powder
2 Teaspoons                Soy Sauce*
2 Teaspoons                Tabasco
1 1/2 Teaspoons           Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoon                   Liquid Smoke

Mix all sauce ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to low and simmer until sauce has thickened and reduced to about 2 cups. Chill.

*Soy sauce substitutes - Coconut Aminos, Tamari

This sauce clearly is awesome on pork ribs, but is equally tasty with grilled chicken. And if you're going meatless, try grilling extra firm tofu and then slathering this sauce on top! Experiment and share your variations on our Facebook page.

Eat Well!