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Dark Beer Sauce – Garage Band Version

Dark beer sauce pairs especially well with pork but dances with sausage, turkey, and duck too. This is sauce, not gravy, and should be thicker than jus but thinner than gravy. I have included Orchestra and Garage Band versions.

Fewer ingredients and shorter cook times to dress up your pork, duck, or game. Jeans welcome.
Authored by: Schlepper
Estimated Cost: $15
Difficulty: Easy
Suggested Beverage: Dark lager, pinot noir
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Dinner, Rubs, Sauces and Condiments
Cuisine German
Servings 8 people
Calories 26

Equipment and Supplies


  • 2 cup vegetable stock
  • cups dark beer
  • 2 teaspoons brown mustard, sweet Bavarian-style
  • 3 cloves, whole
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot, powder


  • Pour in the stock and beer and add the bay leaf and seasonings. Bring to a boil, and turn the heat to medium low, and cover. Simmer until reduced by half.
    2 cup vegetable stock, 1½ cups dark beer, 3 cloves, 1 bay leaf, 2 teaspoons brown mustard
  • If the sauce is too thin, bring the pot back to a boil, make a slurry of 2 teaspoons of arrowroot powder and a little water. Gradually add the slurry while stirring until thickness is just where you want it.
    2 teaspoons arrowroot


If you don’t have arrowroot, substitute potato starch or corn starch.

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