Today is the first day of spring but here in Toronto it feels like the first day of summer. All this week we have been breaking records and it is supposed to get even warmer tomorrow. Yesterday I walked to pick up the kids at school and I was wearing shorts and sandals. This was the last day of winter. It was wonderful watching all the kids play soccer after school. We did not have a bad winter but everyone is happy that the warm weather has come a little early this year!
This past Saturday was St. Patrick’s Day and I did not have an Irish themed post on that day. I did not even have a ‘green’ dish. Even though it is a bit late, here is my contribution to the many St. Patrick’s Day posts. Guinness Draught is the popular drink on St. Patrick’s Day as it originates from Ireland. A dry stout that has a sweet caramel flavour with a hint of coffee, Guinness has been used in many different recipes from desserts to bread to main dishes. This BBQ sauce has the wonderful flavour of Guinness and goes perfect on ribs, chicken, pork chops and more!
I love the flavour that Guinness brings to food. Check out this Guinness Bread recipe.
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 onions, minced
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ cup molasses
- 1 cup Guinness beer
- ½ cup white vinegar
- 1½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp cayenne
- 1 cup (8oz can)tomato paste
- Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the onion, and garlic to the saucepan and saute until they are tender and beginning to caramelize, about 8 minutes.
- Add the molasses, beer, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, pepper and cayenne Bring to a boil. Let it cook with a low rolling boil for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally so that nothing sticks to the bottom of the saucepan.
- Stir in the tomato paste and lower the heat. Let the sauce simmer for 30 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
- Remove from the heat and let the sauce cool to room temperature.
- Puree in a blender until smooth.