The sun is shining, albeit often behind the clouds, but our BBQ has certainly been seeing some action in the past few weeks. So what better to spice things up than this great Hoppy IPA BBQ Sauce from our friend and cooking author Marie Porter.


Marie describes it as “Based with IPA and fresh hops, this has a wonderfully complex taste, while still being a legit BBQ sauce

We used Centennial hops, not only to compliment the IPA we used, but because we intended to use this on shrimp. The citrussy notes in this sauce works ridiculously well on grilled shrimp and scallops in particular, but would be lovely on pork and chicken, as well”

Hoppy IPA BBQ Sauce

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 small red onion, grated or finely chopped

1 small jalapeno, grated or finely chopped

1 cup IPA of choice

1/2 cup fresh hops, divided (We used Centennial)

2 garlic cloves, pressed or finely minced

2 cups ketchup

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp fresh OJ

Zest of 1/2 or 1 orange

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 Tbsp granulated sugar

1 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp mustard powder

Saute onion and jalapeno in olive oil until translucent. Add beer, 1/4 cup of hops, and garlic, simmer for 5 minutes.

Add all remaining ingredients except for the 1/4 cup of reserved hops. Stir well, turn heat down to low, cover simmer for 1 hour – stir frequently.

Add remaining hops, simmer for 5 more minutes. Press sauce through wire strainer, discarding solids left behind. Chill until use.

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Marie is also in the process of writing a new book - Hedonistic Hops: The HopHead’s Guide to Kitchen Badassery – more details soon.