Irish au jus recipe

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This deceptively simple sauce will quickly become a favorite go-to in your recipe arsenal. Use it as a dipper, a glaze or a fantastic sandwich topper.

In French, au jus means in its own juice. But these days, we often don't have time to cook an entire meal from scratch. With this simple faux jus, you can make a delicious, savory sauce for sandwiches and other quick meals. You can also use it for long-cooking recipes. Baste a roast or other meat while it's cooking to add extra dimension of flavor.

Irish au jus recipe


  • 1 pint Guinness (extra stout)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • Pinch thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large saucepan, heat beer on low.
  2. Add brown sugar and honey and continue over low heat for about 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. When the sauce has turned to a thin molasses-like consistency, add the broth and spices.
  4. Continue to heat for at least half an hour until your sauce is the desired consistency (thinner for bastes and sauces, thicker for dips).

Use Irish au jus on these recipes

Beef tenderloin
Roast beef and Brie baguettes
Roast beef sandwiches with roasted red peppers

Heather Barnett is a freelance writer and foodie whose work has been featured in blogs, websites, magazines, and TV and radio ads. She spends her free time relaxing with her soulmate, Keith; her dog, Mosby "The Fly Slayer;" and Felix the Fish. You can follow her on Twitter @HireHeather.