BBQ Sauce and St. Patty’s Day: A Combination That Will Shake Your Shillelagh

Have you ever had a St. Patty’s Day meal worth shaking your shillelagh over? Maybe it was a plateful of Sheppard’s pie or Dublin coddle. Or perhaps a smattering of soda bread and cheese spread. Either way, we’re betting that you never thought about celebrating an Irish holiday with bbq sauces. And that my friends, is hopefully about to change.

Irish cuisine isn’t all about corned beef and cabbage simmering in crock pots. Why there’s even an Irish BBQ Association. How’s that for proof that Irish lads and lassies love barbecue foods just as much as Americans? So what’s good for St. Patty’s Day barbecues? Anything really, but grilling meats and potatoes are preferred.

Slather the meats with barbecue sauce and don’t be afraid to tweak Bubbah’s best with a bit of Irish whiskey. The peaty kind generally works best but feel free to let your inner Irish muse guide you to another section of the liquor cabinet. Oh, and add just a nip at a time to the sauce, otherwise, the whiskey flavor may end up being too overwhelming. This may be particularly the case if you plan on making a whiskey or bourbon au jus.

Most au jus recipes call for one to one ratio of whiskey and stock. They also tend to include an equal measure of heavy cream and minced onions along with assorted flavor enhancers. Examples include, but are not limited to salted butter, peppercorns, mustards and hot sauces. The mustards, by the way, go exceptionally well with grilled corn beef and center cut pork chops.

As for the potatoes, why not make colcannon up ahead of time? And instead of adding different seasonings to it, go with A Spice Above’s Loaded Baked Potato dip mix. The mix will simplify things and add excellent flavor. To learn more about barbecuing on St. Patty’s Day, please comment below with menu suggestions and party tips.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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