Make a spicy barbecue sauce with 1 finely chopped medium onion, 1/3 cup celery, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 3/4 cups ketchup, 1/2 cup beer, 1/4 apple cider vinegar and some Worcestershire sauce. The sauce lasts for up to one week in the fridge.
First, heat the oil in over medium heat, and sauté the onions and celery for about five minutes. Add the garlic, along with the paprika and cayenne, and cook for an addition two minutes. Next, stir in the beer, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Reduce the heat, and let the flavors simmer together for about 30 minutes, or until the sauce is reduced to the desired thickness.
A similar recipe, but for a hotter barbecue sauce, uses the same ingredients as the first recipe, but with a few spicier substitutions. Instead of paprika, use 1 1/2 tablespoons chilli powder and 1 tablespoon ground cumin, then add at least 6-8 drops of your favorite Louisiana hot sauce. This recipe also calls for a 1/3 cup of brown sugar.
Most homemade barbecue sauces last about one week in the refrigerator when stored in a tight container. Both recipes can be used for pork ribs, pulled pork, chicken, burgers or just as a side dipping sauce.