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Your favorite BBQ sauce recipes for pulled pork?

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Hi, I'm planning a party and thinking of making about 15-20 lbs of smoked pork shoulder into pulled pork, with a "barbecue sauce bar." The idea is to do several types of homemade sauce and serve them up in lots of squeeze bottles so folks can sample and choose. If I'm feeling like a good sport, maybe I'll throw a few blocks of firm tofu into the smoker, too, so my vegetarian friends can play, too! :)

Would you be willing to share your favorite sauce recipes with me? I like all kinds - tomato-based, vinegar-based, mustard sauces, Asian sauces, etc... the more variety, the better!

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  1. I am usually a purist when it comes to Pulled Pork and go with a vinegar sauce. This last weekend I smoked a shoulder and for something different I served it with a cranberry BBQ sauce as well. I got the recipe out of Raichlen's BBQ USA. It's your standard Tomato/molasses etc based sauce with the addition of jellied cran sauce that gets cooked down. It was very good and might make a good addition to your "sauce bar".

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    1. re: King of Northern Blvd

      I make a typical base sauce using the drippings and keep it pretty mild. I then add some Sriracha sauce to make a hot version and then add some pineapple juice and/or mango juice to make a sweeter sauce. I also make a sweet/hot combining the two. This gives me four good sauces with a pretty good range. I leave the pulled pork in its own bowl and let the guest add their own sauce. I also make a basic slaw and then another with some wasabi and rice vinegar for those that like a little spice. I've added mustard, vinegar, honey and whiskey to my basic sauce to create a little variation. The most popular are the guava/pineapple Sriracha combo and the spicy with wasabi slaw on the pork. Good luck.

    2. We always use my grandmother's Arkansas Barbecue Sauce:

      1/4 cup white vinegar
      1/2 cup water
      3 Tablespoons brown sugar
      3 Tablespoons ketchup
      3 Tablespoons worcestershire sauce
      1/2 large lemon, juiced
      1 teaspoon dry mustard
      1 teaspoon chili powder
      1 teaspoon paprika
      1 teaspoon salt
      1/4 teaspoon pepper
      dash red pepper

      Just mix everything together until blended and mop on.

      1. This Peach BBQ sauce is from this month's Gourmet - it was great!
        http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

        1. Here is one of my favorites.

          North Carolina: Piedmont XIII

          1 c ketchup
          1 c water
          1/4 c cider vinegar
          1 small onion
          2 t garlic powder
          2 tb brown sugar
          2 tb molasses
          2 ts dry mustard
          1 ts chili powder

          Mix together and simmer briefly.

          This recipe and many others can be found at this web site:

          http://www.jurassicpork.com/Categorie...

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          1. re: Lilbug

            Fantastic! I added part of a dried, ground chipotle pepper. It made an amazingly yummy sauce. Thanks for the recipe, Lilbug.

          2. This is my favorite simple KC type bbq sauce:

            KC Style BBQ Sauce

            1 cup Heinz Ketchup
            6 tablespoons Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
            4 tablespoons butter
            3 tablespoons Distilled White Vinegar
            1 tablespoon French’s Yellow Mustard
            3 tablespoons finely minced yellow onion
            4 teaspoons Wright's or Colgin Hickory Flavor Liquid Smoke
            1/4 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
            1/2 cup Brown Sugar
            1 tablespoon Granulated White Sugar
            1 teaspoon table salt

            Makes 2 cups of sauce.

            Combine all ingredients in a 2-quart sauce pan. Mix well.
            Simmer over very low heat for about 15-minutes, stirring occasionally.