Carolina Highlands Mustard Ale BBQ Sauce

This BBQ sauce recipe is not your bottled sauce. Based on apple cider vinegar, Scotch ale, bacon, and mustard, this sauce brings the flavor. Inspired by the Carolina-style barbeque, this recipe utilizes familiar ingredients with the addition of a nice malt backbone from the Double Eagle Scotch Ale from Lolo Peak Brewing.

Carolina Highlands Mustard Ale BBQ Sauce


  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup stone ground mustard
  • 1/3 cup Scotch Ale
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin


  1. Cook the chopped bacon in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until it begins to crisp, about 3 minutes
  2. Stir in the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until somewhat softened, about 3-4 minutes
  3. Add the mustard, scotch ale, honey, ketchup, vinegar, chili powder and cumin and bring to a boil
  4. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes
  5. Remove from the heat

Bacon in BBQ sauce...oh yeah!