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Sticky Stout Barbecue Sauce

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 25 mins
Yield Makes about 2 cups
"Sticky" is a Kansas City barbecue (and Asian) term for thick and sweet sauces. 

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (11.2-oz.) bottle stout beer
  • 1 cup spicy barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup fig preserves
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

How to Make It

  1. Sauté onion in hot oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Gradually stir in beer. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture is reduced by half. Reduce heat to medium.

  2. Stir in barbecue sauce and next 2 ingredients, and cook 4 to 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

  3. Note: We tested with Guinness Extra Stout beer and Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet 'n Spicy Barbecue Sauce.

Cook's Notes

Prep and cook sauce 3 days ahead. Cover and chill, and reheat when ready.