Archive for June 1st, 2010

I love barbecue sauce, but over time I have come to learn that one sauce does not fit all.  While the store brands are nice for generic purpose to truly get good flavor from your meats and poultry you need to be versatile.  Perhaps it is that in time we have all come to be comfortable with the sauces in the bottle beside the ketchup and mustard, or perhaps we think it will be difficult to make and time consuming.  I assure you good quality sauces can be made with a few ingredients and very little time involved.  These are some of the recipes I use in my barbecue cooking.  I’ll alter them out based on what the food is, what the season is, what ingredients I have on hand, or just what would satisfy my taste buds best on that particular day.   Chicken is complimented with a sweet sauce, beef the more tangy vinegar based and for pork I usually seek out tomato based to bring out it’s flavor.  Don’t fret about beans, they are pretty happy with whatever you soak them in.

Memphis BBQ Sauce ( Sweet Sauce)

1 tbsp butter

2 red chili’s seeded and chopped

1 lg onion, finely chopped

1 1/2 cup ketchup

3 tbsp molasses

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp mustard (yellow or dijon)

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 lemon, juice of

1 tbsp liquid smoke

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp black pepper

Cook onions and chili’s in butter in pan until translucent then add rest of ingredients and let simmer to thicken and reduce. Will thicken more when removed from heat.

S. Carolina Rib Sauce

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1/2 med onion

2 med garlic, cloved

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp mustard

1 tbsp dark brown sugar

1 tbsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cayenne pepper (or more if you like heat)

1 cup ketchup

Puree onion and garlic in food processor or blender and put in pot over medium heat with oil.  Fry until soft and translucent.  Add all but ketchup and bring it to a boil reducing heat.  Add the ketchup and let it cook and thicken.

N. Carolina Hot BBQ Sauce

1 cup white vinegar

1 cup cider vinegar

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp cayenne pepper

1 tbsp hot sauce

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground black pepper

Pour all into a jar and shake well.  Refrigerate and shake each time you open the fridge , it gets better as it marinates together.

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