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Guinness Sauce

I discovered this Guinness sauce years ago when I was visiting Raglan Road Irish restaurant in Orlando. In fact, for a couple of years, I was buying the sauce in the restaurant’s gift shop. One of the servers told me how easy it was to make Guinness sauce, and I’ve been making it ever since.

I discovered this Guinness Glaze recipe at Raglan Road Irish Pub in Downtown Disney. We've eaten at almost every restaurant there, and they serve the best food! A perfect dinner recipe is to baste ribs or chicken with this glaze. Such an easy recipe! Or serve it as they do at Raglan Road, mixed with a little oil on a plate for bread dipping! You can serve the ribs as an appetizer, too!

I never would have guessed this Guinness sauce would be good for dipping bread, but I was wrong. So wrong.

Raglan Road was at one time co-owned by the famous chef, Kevin Dundon, who’s known for introducing the world to gourmet Irish cooking. The atmosphere at Raglan Road is one of the reasons we love it so much. The Irish dancing is fabulous but call ahead to find out the exact time. Reserve a table up by the stage – well in advance if you can. The staff has always been wonderful, which makes for an enjoyable experience. But the real star of Raglan Road is the food. Oh, the food.

Have a seat and order a round of drinks. Relax. A few minutes into looking at the menu, your waiter or waitress will put down a basket of Irish Brown Bread with a plate of Guinness Sauce with olive oil. Go ahead. Break off a piece and dip. Savor. The first time I tasted this sauce, I wanted to lick the plate. I didn’t. I promise. I do have a little class. But I really wanted to.

Instead of embarrassing myself, I left with a bottle. It’s fabulous on grilled chicken, too. Now that I know how to make it, I’m sharing the secret. The Guinness sauce has two ingredients. Guinness and sugar. That’s it.

Guinness glaze

How two ingredients can be so delicious, whether as a bread dip or the glaze for ribs is beyond me. So here it is, in all its glory. Just don’t overcook it or you’ll have candy in the bottom of the pan. Not that I did that.

How to Make Guinness Sauce

Combine two cups of Guinness Stout with two cups of sugar.

Let simmer for about an hour, stirring every 10 minutes or so.

Guinness Glaze

Let cool before serving. When you’re ready, place equal parts olive oil and the Guinness sauce on a plate for dipping alongside a loaf of fresh bread. The best is Raglan Road’s Irish Brown Bread. If I can figure out how to make it, you’ll be the first to know! Guinness glaze

But don’t stop with dipping. Try the glaze on chicken, ham, or spare ribs. So good.

Make these Ribs with Guinness Sauce

These ribs are gone shortly after I set them on a table at parties. They are so tender and delicious, it’s your invitation back to parties every time. Just don’t tell them how easy it is to make these Guinness glazed ribs!

Guinness glaze

Guinness Sauce

A glaze for meat or a dipping sauce for bread
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Irish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Calories: 214kcal


  • 2 C Guinness Stout
  • 2 C Sugar


  • Combine two cups of Guinness Stout with two cups of sugar.
  • Let simmer for about an hour, stirring every 10 minutes or so.


Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 50g | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I found using half light brown sugar have granulated sugar brought the taste to a different level. Thank you so much for posting this!

  2. We are refrigerating it, Ron, but I’m not sure it needs to be! I’m making the ribs with it again tomorrow. Sooo good!! Thanks for visiting!

  3. Does the glaze have to be refrigerated after opening? We bought a bottle at Raglan’s this month and just opened it tonight.