Basting Sauces

Beer Barbecue Sauce

Delicious as a basting sauce for charcoal grilled hamburgers or hot dogs or steak this beer-heightened sauce doubles as a tenderizing marinade for economy cuts.

  • 1/4th cup oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups beer
  • 2 cups chill sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Heat oil and saute onion and garlic until soft. Add lemon juice, beer, chili sauce Worcestershire and salt. Cook over medium heat until sauce bubbles, about 5 minutes. Use sauce to brush meat during grilling. As a marinade, cover thick chuck or round steaks completely with sauce and let stand in refrigerator for several hours.
Fresh Ham Glaze Sauce

  • 1 14-16 pound fresh ham
  • 2 cans beer
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water plus
  • 1/2 cup wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • l/2 teaspoon celery seed
Bring to boil sugar, vinegar, beer and seasonings. Pour over ham that has been slit about 1/2-inch deep across the top several times. Let stand overnight, or at least 5 hours before you bake at 300 degrees for 4 to 5 hours, basting frequently. When done, cook remaining liquid down to a thick sauce to serve over the ham. Smoked ham could be done the same way.