The following recipe and photography is courtesy of Graham R. and his dog, Carl. For more of their delicious food ventures, visit them on Instagram @cookingwithcarrrl.
BBQ season is just heating up… the charcoal is hot, the grill is sizzling, and the Center Cut Lager is flowing! Center Cut Lager was crafted by the brewmasters over at Great Lakes Brewing Company and is the perfect sidekick to any BBQ meal. The GLBC team continually creates new and unique flavors of beer that pay homage to Northeast Ohio and the surrounding areas. The Bavarian style lager compliments the smoky flavors found in BBQ and other cured meats. So it is only fitting that after crafting this lager, they partnered with Heinen’s!
Heinen’s selection of fresh beef, pork, seafood, and top deli meats are second to none. Browsing around Heinen’s aisles, you’ll find an abundance of unique products that will make your BBQ imagination run wild! Can’t find what you’re looking for? The friendly and knowledgeable staff will serve you with a smile and provide great recommendations that are sure to steer you in the right direction. In fact, that’s my favorite reason for shopping at Heinen’s. Employees are passionate and excited about the products Heinen’s carries, and it shows. They are always willing to share recipes or offer tips to make sure you knock your next dinner out of the park.
BBQ and beer always brings people together, why not bring BBQ and beer together?! My mind immediately went to BBQ sauce. One of the many reasons I love grilling and outdoor cooking is that there are always new techniques to try and flavor profiles to mix. This tangy sauce hits you first with the taste of the delicious lager and finishes with a slight kick of heat. Use this as a glaze for your next rack of baby backs or top a smoky pulled pork sandwich… the possibilities are endless!
Center Cut Lager BBQ Sauce
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Makes: 2 cups of sauce
1 Shallot finely chopped
2 Minced cloves of garlic
1 Tablespoon butter, oil, or bacon fat
1 ¾ Cup ketchup1 ¼ Cup of Center Cut Lager
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 ½ Tablespoons maple sugar (Brown sugar can be used as a substitute)
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce½ Teaspoon garlic powder
½ Teaspoon fresh ground pepper
¼ Teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ Teaspoon salt
½ Tablespoon hot sauce of choice
- Melt butter over medium heat and cook shallot until tender & translucent.
- Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
- Add the remainder of the ingredients and bring to a simmer.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Cook until desired thickness is reached. Keep refrigerated