Guinness Glaze

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.

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When we created the Guinness 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!

A glass jar of Guinness glaze with a can of beer in the background
How To Make Guinness Glaze

Making your own Guinness Glaze at home isn’t complicated. Here’s how we do it:

  1. Combine Guinness and brown sugar in a small saucepan
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer until thickened and reduced by about two-thirds
  3. Transfer to a small bowl to cool slightly before using

That’s it! Only two steps and very little work involved. You’ll want to stir it occasionally so it doesn’t bubble too much or stick to the pan, but otherwise it’s a pretty hands-off recipe.

What Can I Use Guinness Glaze On?

This glaze is sticky and sweet, so it tastes great on anything! Here are a few ideas for how to use Guinness Glaze, from our own experience and feedback from our readers:

  • Drizzle it on our Guinness Burger or over a pizza
  • Serve it as a side for dipping onion rings or fries into
  • Glaze a ham with it
  • Make candied bacon with it
Guinness glaze being scooped from a bowl with a spoon

Try our recipe below and let us know in the comments how you use Guinness Glaze!

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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.
Servings 1 half cup
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 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 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.*


Serving suggestions: We use this glaze in our Guinness 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.
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Author: Nicole & Alex
Calories: 458kcal
Course: Dip, Glaze, Sauce
Cuisine: American, Irish
Keyword: beer, brown sugar, glaze, guinness, holiday, reduction, st patrick’s day, st pattys day


Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 111g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 146mg | Sugar: 107g | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg

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