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Samuel Adams Apple Butter


Don’t pay attention to the temperature! Grilling is the perfect year-round activity, especially when using a robust brew like Samuel Adams Boston Lager that has a rich malt and roast character; it’s the perfect beer to emphasize the wonderful flavors the food gets from being grilled. The balance between the malt and the hops and moderate alcohol level make it a flavorful and complex brew that is perfect for pairing with all kinds of food.  Experiment!  Enjoy!!


The Samuel Adams Apple Butter can be served with the Samuel Adams Boston Lager Brined and Grilled Pork Rack.

This recipe was developed by Chef Vinson Petrillo on behalf of Samuel Adams.


  • 2.5 Cups Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, kept cold
  • 2 pinch of Penzy apple pie seasoning
  • 6 Honeycrisp apples


Gather a cast-iron pan or a heavy skillet that can be used on the grill.

Peel and core the apples, cut them in half, then cut each half into four pieces. This should result in a total of eight pieces per apple. Peel and slice the onions evenly.

Add the onions, apples, apple pie seasoning and a pinch of salt to the pan, and sweat them until translucent. Once the onions are translucent, add the Samuel Adams Boston Lager and reduce by half. Once reduced, take the mixture off the heat and slowly start adding the cold butter, stirring with a whisk. Add 1 tablespoon of butter at a time, taking caution not to break the sauce.