Happy New Year!! Chews and Brews in 2018 is going to showcase a lot of the great breweries that Alberta has to offer. If you are a craft beer junky like me, you will want to follow along. Each post will highlight an Alberta brewery, a beer from that brewery, and a recipe using that beer! This first post of the year is Smoked Rye Porter Barbecue Sauce using Bench Creek Brewing’s Smoked Rye Porter from their Villainous Series.
Bench Creek Brewing is located north-west of Edson, in the wild outdoors, and is a brewery that is on our bucket list to visit. Not only is it close to home, they craft great beer, of course! You can check out more about the brewery from their web page, Twitter account, Facebook page or Instagram, or if you are in the area give them a visit!
The beer I am using from Bench Creek Brewing is the first from their Villainous Series – Justice – a Smoked Rye Porter. This beer weighs in at 5.7% ABV and 22 IBU. It comes in a four-pack of 473 mL cans. It pours dark brown with a thick line of beige bubbly foam. It smells of coffee, smoke, and rye. The smell immediately makes me think of scotch and cigars. The taste is big on the rye with a coffee and smokey linger. Overall this is an impressive start to the Villainous Series! I love the art on the cans, and the beer inside shows you how creative this brewery is as well!
The Recipe ~ Smoked Rye Porter Barbecue Sauce
Putting a smoked porter into a barbecue sauce seems like a no brainer. Barbecue sauce always seems a little on the smokey side to me, which is why this beer needed to be the highlight ingredient to this quick and easy homemade barbecue sauce.
Since making this sauce and trying this beer, I have also had the next two in the Villainous Serious: Veruca, a Salted Brownie Oatmeal Stout, and Moreau, a Coconut Tropical Stout. And they are both just as impressive as the first! Makes me look forward to the next ones to come!
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And now, here’s the recipe!
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 white onion, diced
- 4-6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1/2 cup smoked rye porter
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
- 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp. smoked sea salt
- Heat olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add in onion and garlic and cook until starting soften, but not brown, about 15 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
- Add in smoked paprika and give it a stir and let cook about a minute.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix well. Cook over low-to-medium heat, while stirring occasionally, until sauce starts to thicken, about 20-30 minutes.
- Serve with grilled chicken, beef or pork, with a side of your favourite locally craft brew!