Wow! This was an adventure. I was watching a show on The Food Network one day and saw a lady pour beer and coffee on wood chips and use the poured-off solution to make a barbecue sauce. That sounded awesome. But I couldn't find a recipe for it anywhere! I did find a recipe for MIllionaire Brisket with Coffee and Beer Mop Sauce, so I fashioned this recipe after that. But I couldn't help putting my spin on it! I'm very unhappy with my gas grill, however. It's very unreliable, so I ended up overcooking the beef a bit. But the flavor was great! The family loved it, and they are picky about their brisket!
6 cups coffee, brewed
1 beer ( I used a Samuel Adams Light)
2 cups each of Mesquite and Hickory wood chips
Soak beer and coffee in the wood chips for 4-5 hours. Drain and set aside solution.
1 cup beer/coffee solution
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup beef or chicken stock
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Tabasco hot sauce
2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Mix everything. Use to baste brisket. You can also inject the brisket with this sauce.
Jenny's BBQ Sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 6-oz can tomato paste
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
1/4 cup beer/coffee solution
1 tbsp molasses
1 tbsp Tabasco sauce
2 tbsp chili powder
1/4-1/2 tsp smoked salt (if you can't find this, just use regular salt)
Dissolve sugar in broth over medium-high heat. Add tomato paste and stir in well. Add other ingredients and simmer about 20 minutes, minimum.
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