Guinness Glaze

Last updated: July 6th, 2024

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Our easy two-ingredient Guinness glaze recipe cooks in 30 minutes and tastes great on anything, from burgers and ham to bacon and onion rings.

A homemade Guinness glaze in a glass jar with a can of Guinness beer in the background

When we created the Guinness glaze burger for St. Patty’s Day last year, we learned how to make a simple brown sugar glaze with our favorite Irish beer. A little Guinness glaze goes a long way, and it tastes delicious on pretty much anything, so we wanted to share some of our favorite (and our readers’ favorite) ways to use it!

What Is Guinness Reduction Sauce Made Of?

This Guinness glaze recipe is super simple and requires only two ingredients:

  • Guinness
  • Brown sugar

And that is it. Basically the goal is to give the Guinness a little bit of sweetness and a thicker texture, and the brown sugar helps to do just that.

A glass jar of Guinness glaze with a can of beer in the background

How To Make Guinness Glaze

Making Guinness sauce, or glaze, is really easy. As we already mentioned, there are only two ingredients! This recipe comes together in just 30 easy minutes and 3 steps:

  1. First, add Guinness and brown sugar to a small saucepan. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
  2. Then, lower the heat and simmer until the glaze is thickened and reduced by approximately two-thirds, about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally and watch for bubbles, lowering the heat if it starts to bubble too much.
  3. Finally, transfer the glaze to a small bowl and let it cool for a few minutes before using.

If you want the glaze to thicken up even more (or more quickly) after cooking, put it in the fridge to help cool it down faster. The colder the glaze is, the thicker it becomes.

Once you’ve made the glaze, you can store it in the fridge for up to a week in a closed container. Be sure to take the glaze out of the fridge and let it warm up to room temperature before use to help it thin out to a spreadable consistency. You can also microwave the glaze for a few seconds to speed up this process.

Guinness glaze being scooped from a bowl with a spoon

What Goes Well With Guinness Sauce?

While we made this Guinness glaze recipe to go on our Guinness glaze burger, there are so many more ways this sweet and sticky condiment can be enjoyed.

If you have extra Guinness glaze after putting it on a burger, it makes a great dip for any of your classic sides, including:

  • Onion rings
  • French fries
  • Tater tots
  • Sweet potato fries

If you don’t feel like making a burger, you can use Guinness sauce as a flavorful but sweet glaze for any meat, like:

  • Steak
  • Ham
  • Candied bacon
  • Chicken
  • Corned beef
  • Salmon

Or, you can get creative and use this glaze as a fun addition to any:

Overall, you really can’t go wrong using this Guinness glaze in any dish! It packs the flavor of a sweetened Guinness into a deliciously drizzle-able sauce that tastes great on anything. So if you’re looking for a unique reduction sauce to add to your recipe, this is a great place to start.

Let us know what your favorite use for Guinness glaze is in the comments below, and we always appreciate a rating and a share if you enjoyed this recipe!

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A top down view of a bowl of Guinness reduction glaze

Guinness Glaze

Our easy two-ingredient Guinness Glaze recipe cooks in 30 minutes and tastes great on anything, from burgers to ham to bacon and onion rings.
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Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dip, Glaze, Sauce
Cuisine American, Irish
Servings 1 half cup
Calories 458 kcal


  • Saucepan


  • ½ cup Guinness beer
  • ½ cup light brown sugar


  • Add Guinness and brown sugar to a small saucepan. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat. Simmer until thickened and reduced by approximately two-thirds, about 20 to 30 minutes. Stir occasionally and watch for bubbles, lowering heat if it starts bubbling too much.
  • Transfer glaze to a small bowl. Let cool for a few minutes before using to glaze meats, drizzle on burgers, or serve as a dip.*
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.*


Cook time: If the glaze is reducing too quickly, lower the heat! You want this glaze to reduce slowly so that it has time to thicken. Otherwise, you’ll end up boiling off too much of the liquid too quickly, and the glaze will end up too thin.
Serving suggestions: We use this glaze in our Guinness Glaze Burger and like to serve some on the side for dipping onion rings into. You can also use this to glaze ham, make candied bacon in the oven, or even drizzle it on pizza. The options are limitless!
Storing and reheating: This glaze will harden slightly when stored in the refrigerator. To use, microwave for just a few seconds and give it a good stir.


Calories: 458kcalCarbohydrates: 111gProtein: 1gSodium: 31mgPotassium: 146mgSugar: 107gCalcium: 91mgIron: 1mg
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Keyword beer, brown sugar, glaze, guinness, holiday, reduction, st patrick’s day, st pattys day
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