Pale Ale BBQ Sauce

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beers 4965 º places 286 º 10:41 Sat 6/16/2012

Back in March the wife and I went on a cruise that stopped in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. While there we ate at Old Harbor Brewing. The meal my wife ordered was Pale Ale BBQ’d wings. Ever since my wife has been bugging me about coming up with a recipe for it. Anyone have any ideas or know of good starting point? I’ve seen a couple online, but would rather have input from someone with proven sauces.....Shawn

beers 1307 º places 37 º 10:43 Sat 6/16/2012

Depends on what the sauce tasted like ... was it sweet ? hot ? smokey ? etc ...

beers 330 º places 29 º 10:49 Sat 6/16/2012

Looking at their menu and taking a wild guess, it looks like it’s probably a typical tomato-based BBQ sauce - probably with some heat added? If so, what about finding a bbq sauce recipe made with beer and modifying it with a pale ale and some spices?

beers 1638 º places 30 º 14:22 Sun 6/17/2012

Hope you had better service than we did. Decent beer though.

beers 4965 º places 286 º 14:29 Sun 6/17/2012

We had great service, then again it was early on a weekday. My wife considered it the highlight of the cruise.

beers 1638 º places 30 º 19:09 Sun 6/17/2012

Originally posted by SHIG
We had great service, then again it was early on a weekday. My wife considered it the highlight of the cruise.

We really didn’t like Old San Juan....nothing but tourist shops for the most part and it was raining so without much to do we hit up a cab and went the the state museum which was excellent.

When we got back by the boat we had an hour and a half to kill so we went in there to eat and it was late on a weekday...around 2pm. Couldn’t get waited on hardly at all and our waitress knew almost nothing about the beer. The food was decent, but the sandwich was small and overpriced.

By contrast we LOVED the brewpub on St Jon V.I.

beers 1315 º places 95 º 18:19 Mon 7/2/2012

well, I found a recipe that sounds pretty solid. but I don’t know if it’s hot or not.

- 2C Ketchup
- 1C of hoppy beer (IPA’s are good); I used Surly Furious
- 1C Molasses
- 1/2 C Cider Vinegar
- 2T Stone Ground Mustard
- 2T Worcestershire Sauce
- 1T Garlic Powder
- 1/2t Salt

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan, and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes.

places 1 º 08:05 Tue 7/3/2012

First of all, pale ale is not the best choice, use tumbler brown ale or smuttynose porter. Secondly, ketchup has too much corn syrup and burns too easily. Try this:
1/2 bottle of tumbler or smuttynose porter
1 medium onion
4 garlic cloves
evoo for saute the veggies and spices and to fix texture
5 teaspoons ancho chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon chipotle flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon fresh coarsly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 small cans tomato paste
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup dijon mustard
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
2 teaspoons miso concentrate

beers 1358 º places 18 º 09:39 Tue 7/3/2012

Agree that Pale Ale may not be the best choice. You could go the Smokey route with a Smoked Porter or something to give it that flavor which a lot of people like. I make a decent amount of homemade sauces, but rarely use beer in it, only while making it if you know what I mean.

I disagree about not using ketchup, I find it to work well, but there are plenty that are great that don’t use it as well. I just don’t think one should say not to use it, that is all.

beers 4965 º places 286 º 11:36 Tue 7/3/2012

Thanks for the suggestions. I agree on the darker beers working better. I think my wife was infatuated with the idea that it was light and cooked into the skin, not all gooey. I’m going to dabble the next few weeks for sure. It’s wing time!

12:03 Tue 7/3/2012

Originally posted by Tibeerious

I see someone is a big Rachel Ray fan. Can you cook your sauce in 30 minutes and with $40?