Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Smoky Beer Cheddar Cheese Sauce


This is the most amazing cheese sauce you will ever sink your teeth into.  Beer and cheddar cheese perfectly combine with the smoked paprika and ground chile de arbol to create a rich, smoky deep cheddar cheese flavor that you just can not get enough of!
This Smoky Beer Cheddar Cheese Sauce is the consummate accompaniment to fries, tots, onion rings and more.  It is also the best cheese topping for a burger.

Not that you will have any left over, but it does refrigerate rather well and the flavors are even more spectacular the next day.  If the cheese seizes up on you when you pull it out of the fridge, warm it up and add a splash of half and half.  Then stir.  Perfect!

Dinner's Ready!

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Smoky Beer Cheddar Cheese Sauce
¼ cup butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground chile de arbol (can substitute cayenne pepper)
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ cup beer, Belgian style wheat beer (Blue Moon)
½ cup chicken broth
8 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded
¾ cup half & half
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter.  Add flour and whisk; allow flour to cook for 2-3 minutes to cook out the ‘floury’ taste.  Add garlic, chile, paprika, salt, and pepper.  Whisk to combine.  

Slowly add beer and chicken broth.  Whisk until there are no lumps.  Add cheese and whisk constantly until you have a smooth mixture.  Add half & half and Worstershire.  Reduce heat to low, until ready to serve, whisking occasionally.



Originally published June 26, 2012


  1. Wow! This looks mighty good! I made cheese-beer sauce for the first time last week for dipping some pretzels, but your looks so much better. I like the addition of the half-and-half.

  2. that sounds so amazing! and those fries -- my oh my!

  3. Do you watch Top Chef? Remember in season 8, Fabio went home over his burger and fries? He should've come to you for advice!

  4. Donna we're on the same page these days! I've been making notes for a chipotle chili cheese sauce. I may have to give this a try and do an add in. Hope that's OK with you - it looks delicious. You are on a roll girlfriend!

    I pinned it :)

    1. that would be great ! Chipotle & adobo sauce good with alot of things !

  5. The sauce sounds fabulous for burgers and fries both. Chipotle works here and I'll have to give it a try.

  6. Wow, your burger looks spectacular, Donna! I think pour it over or dip into it with so many different foods...mmmmmmm.

  7. I'm so glad you found me Donna!! Love your blog!! It all looks so delicious! :)

  8. Holy yum! That cheeseburger looks to die for!

  9. This sounds amazing and it looks delicious, just like molten gold in a bowl. My family will love this. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  10. Wow, seriously. That burger looks so good!! I bet this cheese sauce would be a great fondue too!

  11. Simply fabulous, thanks.

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  12. Looks yummy!


  13. this dish is awesome :))) simple and tasty :) Greetings from my Kitchen!

  14. This recipe uses too much flour. It came out like dough, not sauce.

    1. Sorry you are having trouble Jason. Can you tell me if you added the beer, chicken broth and the half and half?

      We love this sauce. So much that I make it all the time, I would be happy to help you work through the recipe.

  15. Hello! Greetings from Brazil! I'd like to say that I did the sauce recipe with some bbq potatoes and a rib-eye. The sauce was absolutely perfect! I did exactly like it was in the recipe and it worked like a charm. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  16. I am a sucker for beer cheese anything. Can not wait to try this!

  17. Anyone know if this holds up well in a crockpot? I need a beer cheese sauce that will hold up for about 5-6 hours for an event. Thanks!

    1. Hi Melissa, The only thing I would worry about would be the cheese thickening as it is heated, as the liquid may cook down a little. I would be prepared to add some milk, as needed or add a little extra when preparing it.

      Enjoy, let us know how it goes.

  18. Hi, Aussie here needing a translation. When you say chicken broth do you mean stock or something thicker/stronger flavored. Chicken broth to me is what you have when you're sick, like a consommé. And what exactly is half & half? Is that half milk half cream and can I just use full cream milk?


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