Barbecue red wine glaze

I love the smell of summer, walking in the park and smelling barbecues everywhere!  I can’t resist having barbecues all the time now when the weather is so fab but I don’t want them to be the same so I decided to experiment with glaze and marinades. One of my favourites so far is my red wine glaze, I use it to baste the food as it cooks. It works very well with beef and lamb and even in vegetables. I did this for lamb chops originally but find that it is so good on other foods as well.

Red wine glaze

Preparation time: 10 minutes 

Cooking time: 20-30 minutes 

Serves: glaze for a 4 people barbecue

  • red wine 3 dl or 1.2 cup
  • sugar  1/2 dl or 1/4 cup (I used demerara sugar)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • about 3 cm peeled ginger
  • 1 chilli
  • soy sauce 1/2 dl or 1/4 cup
  • white wine vinegar 1/2 dl or 1/4 cup
  • juice of 1/4 lemon
  • 1 twig rosemary

Start by mincing the garlic and grating the ginger. Chop the chili fine, remove the seeds if you don’t want it too hot. Chop the rosemary fine.


In a pan add all the ingredients but the juice of lemon and boil until it thickens, taste and add more sugar if wished. When it is done it is heavily reduced. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t boil dry in the pan. Taste and add the lemon juice last, let it have a few minutes more boiling and set aside to cool.


This is so easy to prepare in advance and just use when the barbecue is on it’s way. I tried it on the lamb and the beef , glazing the meat several times as it is cooking to get the flavor to develop.


After that I could not resist putting some on the vegetables and that was also good.


For dessert I had such a treat! Some of Joe’s smoked cheese! We ate it with some fruit in the garden just enjoying the warm evening. It is so good, the smokey flavor really comes through and it works so well with the richness of the cheese, delicious!


It was such a nice meal, I will continue my experiments to perfect barbecue but this red wine glaze is a keeper!


I have entered this to Javelin Warriors blog Cooking w/ Luv – always great Made With Love Mondays all about cooking from scratch!


2 Responses to “Barbecue red wine glaze”
  1. Sally says:

    I like to incorporate a red wine glaze as the binding agent for burgers – works a treat. Adding the spicy flavours is a great idea.

    • petra08 says:

      hi Sally
      I have never thought of this! What a great idea, I must try it! 🙂 I haven’t done burgers in ages and this weather is perfect! thanks for the tip!

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