Serves: about 4 cups
1 onion, coarsely grated
3 to 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 to 3 dried chipotle chilies
1 cup beer, plus extra if needed
1 cup water, plus extra if needed
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. mild red chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup cider vinegar
Mix together the onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, dark brown sugar, chipotle chilies, beer, water, mustard, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper, and half the vinegar.
Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, or until a thick sauce forms.If the mixture sticks or threatens to burn, add more water or beer.
When the sauce is thick and flavorful, add the remaining vinegar and taste for seasoning.Remove from the heat.
Slather this spicy, smoky sauce on ribs, steaks or chicken when they have almost finished cooking.Serve the remainder in a bowl for guests to help themselves.