Beer & BBQ just go hand in hand naturally. I like beer. this is one of my favs. I have made this apple BBQ sauce many times. Nickel Brook is a great brewing company… Dedicated to their craft brewing and their community.

Apple Pilsner:

This one of a kind beer is brewed as a pilsner style, and then combined with natural apple juice and essences. refreshingly smooth with a clean crisp finish, which compliments or combines for cooking with any poultry, pork or seafood dish. brewed at 4% alc./vol this is the perfect beer alternative for those looking to try something new.

Diva Q Apple Beer BBQ Sauce
  • 1 bottle of Nickelbrook Apple Pilsner (reduced to half)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup onion finely diced
  • 1 cup peeled apple grated (Red or Gold Delicious)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup ketchup (I use heinz)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Tobasco Chipotle pepper sauce (adjust to your liking)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper (restaurant grind or freshly ground)
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
Sautee onions apple garlic until soft. Add all other ingredients including reduced beer and bring to a boil. Reduce to a moderate simmer for 15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and reduced. Using an immersion blender – blend until very smooth. Serve with pork and chicken.
Sweet and tangy with a kick of heat.


New Cookbook that is available this month on Amazon.I was asked a while back to submit some recipes for the upcoming KCBS cookbook 25th Anniversary edition. I was surprised and delighted to receive my copy today. They included all of the recipes I submitted. These are truly some of my all time favorites.

About the authors of this latest KCBS Cookbook:

A charter member of KCBS and former three-term member of the Board of Directors, Ardie Davis founded the American Royal International BBQ Sauce, Rub, and Baste Contest and the Great American Barbecue Sauce, Baste, and Rub Contest. He is the author of five barbeque cookbooks.

Paul Kirk, a charter member of the KCBS and member of the Board of Directors, operates the Baron’s School of Pitmasters. The author of six barbeque cookbooks, he has won more than 475 cooking and barbequing awards, among them seven world championships, including the prestigious American Royal Open, the world’s largest barbeque contest.

Carolyn Wells and her late husband, Gary, were two of the original founders of the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Carolyn is the Executive Director and continues to dedicate her time as an ambassador for the KCBS and for barbeque itself.

The book is chock full of recipes (over 200) from lots of terrific teams and backyard cooks. I had to laugh at page 209 title page Cross Dressing at BBQ & Chili Events. So funny. I won’t ruin the surprise by posting it here but don’t miss that page. Also a fav recipe of mine from a friend Paul Seabrook is featured on page 17 . There are so many interesting and varied recipes throughout this book. It will be fun to experiment with some of them.

At the front of the book there is also a section on the KCBS 4 meats for competition making this an ideal book for any starter team as well.

Lots of fun and loaded up with contributions from so many this makes an ideal BBQ book purchase or gift for any on your list.