Braised Beef Stew in a barbecue beer and wine sauce

Who would have thought a barbecue type sauce would turn out so well with braised beef stew, but it did, with the help of a few gourmet ingredients. Braised meat brings so much more flavor to dishes. Being allergic to tomatoes, I used my tomato-free barbecue sauce which worked wonderful with this recipe, being that it’s a bit more savory than traditional barbecue sauces. This is a must try recipe. I hope you enjoy it. I’ll certainly be making this again soon.

Braised Beef Stew – cooked in a barbecue beer and wine


Yield: Serves 4.

Braised Beef Stew – cooked in a barbecue beer and wine

Braised beef stew with a gourmet barbecue sauce that is both sweet and savory made with red wine and beer.


  • 2 1/2 lbs. beef stew meat
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 1/3 cups coarsely chopped carrots
  • 1 cup gluten free barbecue sauce (I used Tomato-Free BBQ Sauce.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine (I used cabernet sauvignon.)
  • 2 cups gluten free beef broth (O Organics, HerbOx, Better Than Bouillon)
  • 2/3 cup gluten free beer
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten free dijon mustard*
  • 1 Tablespoon butter or buttery spread, melted
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon guar gum or your favorite thickener
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oil in a heavy skillet on medium-high heat. Add meat and brown well, flipping as needed.
  2. Add onion, carrots, and ground thyme; cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add barbecue sauce, bay leave, beef broth, wine, beer, honey, and mustard; stir until combined; bring to a boil; lower heat; and cook for approximately 1 hour 45 minutes or until fall apart tender.
  4. Once cooked, add melted butter and guar gum to a small container; stir until combined. Bring sauce to a boil; add guar gum mixture and stir until thickened.
  5. To individual bowls, add some of the sauce; add mashed potatoes to the center; arrange beef stew meat around mashed potatoes; top potatoes with some sauce; and serve immediately.


*Corn-free dieters should skip the mustard, which may result in not needing the honey. You should also make sure you use a corn-free beer.

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