Corona Lime BBQ Sauce

Making your own BBQ sauce is easier than one might think and it tastes far superior to anything purchased in the grocery store. There are plenty of recipes online for BBQ sauces but many of them use ketchup as a base ingredient. I decided that I wanted to develop a bbq sauce recipe that used more original ingredients. Earlier this year, I made and posted two recipes:

Coca Cola Habanero BBQ Sauce

Guinness BBQ Sauce

Since then, I have made both of these sauces a number of times. One time when I made the Coca Cola Habanero sauce I actually quadrupled the batch and sealed them in canning jars. They turned out to be a great Father’s Day gift for my dad.   I figured that it was about time to develop another recipe using the same base ingredients.

Homemade BBQ sauce with Corona Beer and Lime flavour Recipe

If there is one beer that screams summer, it would have to be Corona. This imported beer from Mexico is always a favourite on patios or during BBQs. It is only natural to make a sauce that has a Corona flavour and this recipe is easy to make and is perfect as a sauce, glaze or dip.

Corona Lime BBQ Sauce - beer bbq sauce recipe

Lime is the common partner to Corona and it works great in this sauce. The lime juice is used instead of vinegar to provide the acidic element in this BBQ sauce. It is possible to can this sauce in Mason jars. Use 500 ml jars and make sure that they are processed in a hot water bath for 20 minutes.

Homemade BBQ sauce with Corona Beer and Lime flavour Recipe

This sauce is great on chicken or steak. Brush some sauce on the meat during the last few minutes on the grill.

Homemade BBQ sauce with Corona Beer and Lime flavour Recipe

Yield: 4 cups

Corona Lime BBQ Sauce - beer bbq sauce recipe

Corona Lime BBQ Sauce - beer bbq sauce recipe
A sweet BBQ sauce made with Corona and lime. The classic Mexican beer is clearly tasted in this easy to make with this BBQ Sauce recipe.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 yellow pepper, minced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup Corona beer
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 cup (8oz can)tomato paste


  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the onion, pepper and garlic to the saucepan and saute until they are tender and beginning to caramelize, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add the honey, beer, brown sugar, lime juice, 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.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste and lower the heat. Let the sauce simmer for 30 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and let the sauce cool to room temperature.
  5. Puree in a blender until smooth.

About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. What kind of beer Corona is? I live in the Czech Republic and we are known from good beer and have many kinds. I mean I would like to make it but I have to use local beer and some beer tastes sweet, some is quite bitter and so on and the amount of alcohol differs as well. So could you please describe it? Then I´m sure I could find some substitution.

    • Corona is a pale lager that comes from Mexico. Here is what epinions says about the taste. “The aroma is pretty much all malt, bubble-gum, clean to be kind, bland to be harsh. There’s an initial malty flavor, which is even briefly fruity, while the finish (probably intentionally) has very little hop or bitterness.” I hope this helps!

  2. My husband would love this sauce!! Wonderful job Steve. 🙂

  3. Finally, finally a good use for Corona. 😉

  4. This looks fabulous. I love a good homemade sauce.

  5. I noticed on the Guiness BBQ Sauce recipe that you water bath canned them in pint jars for 20 minutes. Could this also be done with this Corona Lime BBQ Sauce recipe, as well as the Coca-Cola Habanero BBQ Sauce? What a great idea for the men on my Christmas list; they all cook and grill out!

    • Hi Courtney. Yes, you could definitely process these in a water bath the same way as the Guinness Sauce. 20 minutes for pint jars should be plenty. It is a great homemade Christmas gift!

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