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Aug 15, 2006 11:42 PM

BBQ Sauce

Let me preface this by revealing I do not like BBQ sauce. I am a dry rub kind of griller. With that said I have folks from Texas, S. Carolina, Kentucky and other unsavory places coming to visit soon and they all think BBQ sauce is required. I'd like a tomato based and non-tomato based recipe for ribs. Help!

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  1. I don't have a recipe per se, but here's a link to an excerpt from a book I use (Richard McPeake's Art of Smokology) to guide me in my experimentation ...

    1. This is a recipe I found on a websiie and changed to fit my tastes,it's delisious!


      1 cup catsup or tomato sauce
      1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
      1/2 teaspoon celery seed
      1/8 teaspoon salt
      1/4 cup vinegar
      1/2 clove garlic
      1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
      1/4 cup butter
      Dash of Tabasco sauce

      COMBINE all ingredients, and COOK until garlic is

      1. Them Texas folks to which you refer must be transplanted yankee Texans.
        At the very worst, we like the sauce on the side.
        Where do you call home, just out of curiosity?
        At any rate, for the Texans, get some of the cheapest sauce you can find(I like Best Made brand), add some Cayenne, carmelized onions, and some brisket juice and you've got a winner.

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        1. re: Spencer

          Home is Minnesota. My wife is a recovering Texan and your tip on carmelized onions is spot on. MN used to be what I referred to as the land of white food; i.e. potatos, fish, etc. but fortunately has progressed. We love spices but have typically disliked BBQ sauce/Ketchup. My 16 year old daughter refers to Ketchup as "the root of all things evil."

        2. what kind of meat are you cooking? I use totally different sauces if I'm doing pulled pork, brisket, ribs or chicken.

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          1. re: adamclyde

            Mosr likely pork ribs and chicken, thx!

            1. re: dp1

              For my dry rubbed pork ribs... I like something very simple, and you can't get more simple then this.

              Chipotle Tabasco Sauce, vinegar, and sugar.

              Combine them until you get it to taste, brush the ribs lightly with it to finish them.

              It's been too long since I've made it. Can't remember if I used white or red wine vinegar. I'm thinking white???

              Either way, a bit of spicy sweet goodness to kiss the pork with.