Sweet-and-Sour Sauce for Ribs or Brisket

Preparation info

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  • yield:

    5 cups

    , enough for 4 strips ribs or 1 brisket

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By James Peterson

Published 1991

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The basic flavors, sugar and vinegar, give this sauce a sweet-and-sour tang, while beer provides flavor and moisture. This sauce is very spicy. To make it more mild, eliminate one of the chipotle chiles, or eliminate both and substitute one finely minced jalapeño chile.


onion, minced 1 medium 1 medium
garlic cloves, minced 3 3
chipotle chiles, reconstituted dried or rinsed canned, chopped fine 2 2
cider vinegar 1 cup 250 ml
sugar ½ cup 100 g
beer, 2 bottles 3 cups 750 ml
white wine 1 cup 250 ml
minced cilantro 2 tbsp 60 ml


Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer gently for about 10 minutes to dissolve the sugar and cook the alcohol off the wine and beer. Use the mixture to brush on barbecuing ribs or brisket.