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Damntastic Barbecue Sauce

A creamy, spicy barbecue sauce that has been around for at least sixty years. Once you taste it you'll know why.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Marye Audet-White


  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup catsup
  • 2 tablespoons Gulden's brown mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 3 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 cup mild beer (I like Rahr Texas Red)
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco (more or less depending on the heat you want)
  • 3/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup bacon fat


  • Add all the ingredients except the butter and bacon fat to a saucepan and heat, stirring often.
  • Just when bubbles start to form on the surface whisk in the butter and bacon fat until everything is well mixed.
  • Simmer slowly, whisking often, until the mixture reduces and becomes thick - about the consistency of heavy cream.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings.
  • Serve over hot brisket, or use it to baste short ribs during grilling.


Do not at sauce to brisket until after it is smoked but use it during cooking when grilling ribs.