I've very probably developed the world's best barbecue sauce recipe!
There's nothing like it anywhere else, it tastes superb, easy to make,
cheap to make ,and everyone likes it!
Ok, so I might not have the World's best BBQ sauce recipe, for all I
know you have, or you think you have. What I'm getting at is that there
are scores of homemade BBQ sauce recipes and I'm sure that for each recipe
the inventor thinks that their recipe is the best. So, when you're looking
for a good BBQ sauce recipe where do you look and how do you know that
it's a good one?
|If you're looking for a barbecue sauce recipe, it's unlikely
that you're looking for a shop bought sauce. But just a few words on commercial
There are thousands of commercial barbecue sauces available covering
all regions and countries of the world. Examples being, Kansas, Texas,
Alabama, Jamaican, Korean, Chinese and Mexican BBQ sauces, the list is
endless. Some famous personalities such as Paul Newman have also produced
their own sauces. So you have to ask, "Why make a barbeque sauce
when you can buy it"?
I have to say that there are masses of barbecue sauces available in jars
and bottles, off the shelf, that are extremely good and I do try new varieties
every so often or when I need a sauce in a hurry.
The big differences in making your own though is that the ingredients
are fresh, there are no preservatives, you can make the sauce exactly
to your own taste, and there's nothing better than when you get praise
from someone that enjoys it and asks for the recipe.
Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes
As I mentioned earlier there are numerous recipes for BBQ sauce, just
search the internet or look through some recipe books. The best recipes
though are kept secret and are used by restaurants and competition barbecue
chefs. There are exceptions; I'll get to that later though.
Every good barbecue sauce recipe has seven main constituents to i
The Foundation: the vast majority of sauces have tomato as their
foundation, but there are others which include mustard, vinegar, mayonnaise,
The sweetening agent: you have to balance the sourness of the
other ingredients in the sauce and this can be done with sugar, honey,
syrup, some fruit juices, and even chocolate.
The seasonings: traditionally salt and pepper, but you can also
add the likes of anchovies, Hoisin sauce, capers and soy sauce. Take care
not to add too many different 'salty' ingredients at the beginning. Add
some, taste and add more if needed.
The heat: I always like to add some heat to my sauces but you
need to take care not to use a sauce that's too hot for delicate foods.
The heat can come from pepper, mustard, chilli (fresh, dried, flakes),
cayenne pepper, paprika, ginger and hot sauces.
The flavour enrichers: add a bit of subtlety to the sauce; a
bit of depth. These include garlic, onion, bell peppers, Worcestershire
sauce, herbs and spices. In most cases these can be in fresh and/or dried
The fats: these include butter, oil, meat stocks, animal and vegetable
fats, and lard. We all know that most fats aren't good for us, but they
hold all of the other ingredients together and give that pleasing, smooth
feeling on the palate. All good sauces include some sort of fat ingredient,
choose carefully and add sparingly.
There are other ingredients that you can add as well; whiskey is found
in many BBQ sauces, but you'll also find beer, wine, brandy, rum, vodka,
coffee, orange juice, cola, and many others in a sauce.
Assembling Your Barbecue Sauce
| Add a few knobs of butter and a little brown sugar, not a
lot as the tomato ketchup is quite sweet. Stir again. Toss in some sea salt
and fresh black pepper taste. Bring to the boil and keep on stirring. Reduce
the heat and simmer until the sauce is reduced to the consistency that you
like. Taste and add more salt, pepper, butter and chilli flakes until you
get the taste that you want.
Ok, that might be a bit haphazard for you but what I'm trying to get
at is that it's easy to create a barbecue sauce recipe with a few basic
For more consistency make a note of the ingredients and
quantities that you're using so that you can repeat it.
Once you've perfected your basic all purpose barbecue sauce
recipe you can add to it to make slightly different sauces.
I mentioned earlier that it is possible to buy top quality
BBQ sauce recipes. These are generally sold by people who have an old
family recipe, are top BBQ chefs, or are willing to share their BBQ championship
Three such sources that I can recommend are:
Bible : Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades, Bastes, Butters, and Glazes
Top Secret Barbecue Sauce Recipe
Champ - The Best Competition BBQ Recipes
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