Sticky Stout Barbecue Sauce

Sticky Stout Barbecue SauceRecipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
"Sticky" is a Kansas City barbecue (and Asian) term for thick and sweet sauces.



Makes about 2 cups
Total time: 25 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 25 Minutes
Total: 25 Minutes


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


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.

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


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