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How Do You Like Your BBQ Sauce?

Perilagu Khan Jul 19, 2012 07:35 AM

Sweet? Spicy? Tart? Tomatoey? Thick? Thin? Mustardy? Hot?

Personally, I like my sauce to be quite thin, tart, hot and spicy. For me, this means a recipe containing Coke, a healthy blast of chili powder, and a nice hit of vinegar.

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  1. bagelman01 RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 19, 2012 07:53 AM

    Thick, tart, vinegar with a little tomato, hint of dates or raisins, NO MUSTARD (i'm allergic) cooked on the meat/fowl, NOT for dipping

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      Perilagu Khan RE: bagelman01 Jul 19, 2012 09:57 AM

      I assume you apply the sauce late in the cooking process. Early application, particularly if the sauce has a substantial sugar content, results in burnt sauce. But perhaps some people like it that way.

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        bagelman01 RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 19, 2012 03:15 PM

        I sauce for the final 25 minutes, after I have turned the grill off and let the meat finish cooking while the grill temp drops from 500F to 150F. Get a great coating and the meat ends up fully cooked and tender.

        If the BBQ is being made in my smoker (generally brisket or turkey) then I don't use sauce, but dry rubs.

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          Perilagu Khan RE: bagelman01 Jul 19, 2012 07:26 PM

          Right. Sounds like a sound method.

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          jrvedivici RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 20, 2012 08:51 AM

          Actually in my case you are 100% correct. When using a BBQ sauce on the grill I start early and continue throughout the cooking process to give different levels or taste to the sauce. For an example if we are talking chicken......I coat them generously when I place them on the grill and by the end the tips/end of the skin is generally burnt with a nice BBQ flavor burned into the meat. Then as bagleman points out just before serving once last coat and let sit for 5 minutes till more dry than wet..........

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            Perilagu Khan RE: jrvedivici Jul 20, 2012 09:40 AM

            Interesting. I'd be willing to sample some of that yardbird.

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              Hobbert RE: jrvedivici Jul 20, 2012 02:45 PM

              My dad does this too and it's delicious! The chicken skin ends up with an almost lacquered, smoky crispy finish. Heavenly...

        3. biondanonima RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 19, 2012 11:16 AM

          Thick or thin is fine, but I prefer it on the tart side, a bit of spice, plenty of complexity. Maull's is one of the few bottled versions I enjoy, but it's only available near St. Louis, MO. If I can't get Maull's, I generally make my own, with a tomato base, coffee, vinegar, garlic, onion, Worcestershire, chiles, etc.

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            KSlink RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 19, 2012 11:22 AM

            Thick, sweet, and spicy......I'm getting hungry.....

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              Perilagu Khan RE: KSlink Jul 19, 2012 11:33 AM

              Hmmm. You sound like a Kansas Cityan.

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                KSlink RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 20, 2012 09:53 AM

                Well, my roots go back to Ohio but I was brought up in New England.....

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                  Perilagu Khan RE: KSlink Jul 20, 2012 11:18 AM

                  Well, if you find yourself in KC, I think you'll really enjoy the cue. Now I'm a Texan, but I must admit I thoroughly relished the BBQ I had at Gates, which is an institution there.

                  (If I uttered those words in the Texas Hill Country sticks, they'd truss me up and drag me through a field of prickly pear and mesquite.)

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                chefathome RE: KSlink Jul 19, 2012 06:39 PM

                Nearly every BBQ sauce I make is thick, sweet and spicy.

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                  KSlink RE: chefathome Jul 20, 2012 09:55 AM

                  I have to stop being so lazy and start making my own again, there really isn't anything quite like it!

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                    Perilagu Khan RE: KSlink Jul 20, 2012 11:20 AM

                    True.

                    I only began making my own sauce within the last year or so, but it really is miles ahead of anything I've bought in a store. Having said that, I do not put any sauce at all on my favorite BBQ, which is spare ribs.

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                      chefathome RE: KSlink Jul 20, 2012 02:40 PM

                      Yes - I haven't bought any for years. I really like experimenting with different flavours and think I now have it narrowed down to my top 5 faves or so.

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                        FriedClamFanatic RE: chefathome Jul 20, 2012 08:11 PM

                        so....um.......are you guys gonna give us any hints on what you?.....grins........like a recipe?

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                          Perilagu Khan RE: FriedClamFanatic Jul 21, 2012 06:39 AM

                          Here ya' go, bro. I thought you'd never ask.

                          2/3 cup Coke
                          1/2 cup ketchup
                          2 1/2 T. white vinegar
                          2 T. minced onion
                          1/3 T. black pepper
                          3/4 T. brown sugar
                          3/4 T. salt
                          3/4 T. chili powder

                          1. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
                          2. Reduce to a low simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

                          This is a modified version of the sauce that Underwood's BBQ in Brownwood, Texas makes.

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                            FriedClamFanatic RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 21, 2012 06:16 PM

                            Damn.....simple... and sounds good! But no Garlic? I'll try it (modified with the big G)

                            thanks

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                              Perilagu Khan RE: FriedClamFanatic Jul 22, 2012 06:53 AM

                              Yeah, it doesn't get much more straightforward than that. And it is plenty delicious.

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                  FriedClamFanatic RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 19, 2012 11:39 AM

                  Lots of Garlic, lots of spice, maybe with some asian overtones, depending on what I'm eating. Even if I use a bottled sauce, I usually play around with it adding more Garlic, hot sauce and either some fruit chutney or honey. Not so big on Mustard but a light mustard hint is ok

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                    acgold7 RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 19, 2012 11:49 AM

                    For me, I like most types, but it really depends on the meat. But I'm not a fan of candy food so I tend to shy away from thick gloppy sweet stuff and go towards the tangier, spicier, thinner types. And NEVER while cooking, only as a condiment at the table. Good BBQ never really needs sauce, just like a pretty lady never really needs makeup. But sometimes it can make a great thing even better.

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                      Perilagu Khan RE: acgold7 Jul 19, 2012 11:56 AM

                      "Good BBQ never really needs sauce, just like a pretty lady never really needs makeup."

                      Or clothes! ;)

                    2. LindaWhit RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 19, 2012 01:11 PM

                      Medium thickness, tangy and slightly spicy.

                      But I also think it depends on what I'm using it on. I'll be making a pork chop tonight and will "finish simmer" it in some homemade BBQ sauce. For that, I'd like it a bit thicker than usual, as I'll also probably drizzle some of the sauce over egg noodles served alongside.

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                        Mcooper RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 19, 2012 07:36 PM

                        Vinegar and Red pepper. Eastern NC bbq and sauce is my fave!

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                          Perilagu Khan RE: Mcooper Jul 20, 2012 07:16 AM

                          That's it? Vinegar and red pepper? And what kind of red pepper do you have in mind? Crushed pizza pepper? Cayenne? And what kind of vinegar, come to think of it?

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                            Mcooper RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 20, 2012 08:52 AM

                            Yeah, usually it's apple cider vinegar, crushed red pepper, a little salt and sugar. I'm sure some put in some cayenne if they feel like it. Served along side whole hog chopped BBQ (not pulled shoulder and a tomato/vinegar based sauce like is popular in the west - it's also very good, just not my fave) It works really well to bring out the flavors of the meat.

                        2. EWSflash RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 19, 2012 08:41 PM

                          Strong, with a lot of umami- a little sweet or not, some smoky is good, vinegar is a huge NO, citrus or citric acid okay, medium thick, and on the side for me to dress as I wish.

                          1. mcf RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 20, 2012 07:46 AM

                            As long as it's not a sugar bomb, I like a variety. Mostly, I like vinegary, a bit tomatoey, smokey and spicy stuff. I hate anything that makes candied meat.

                            1. jrvedivici RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 20, 2012 08:55 AM

                              I'm surprised I didn't see this specifically mentioned yet....but when it comes to BBQ sauce for me for the past two years since discovering it has been only Sweet Baby Ray's for me!! This is the best overall BBQ sauce I have ever tasted.

                              If I want it spiced up a bit for for something like spicey BBQ wings...then I mix a littley cayenne pepper in it etc. I use it plain or flavor it as my tastes desire but that is the only BBQ sauce I use.

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                                mcf RE: jrvedivici Jul 20, 2012 09:46 AM

                                It's mentioned a lot in threads asking for bottled sauce reccos. But this thread is about characteristics, not brands. There's a link on the right side of this page to such a thread. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/787010

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                                  LindaWhit RE: mcf Jul 20, 2012 09:48 AM

                                  mcf - need to put a space in between "brands." and the URL. It's picking up the "brands." as part of the URL.

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                                    mcf RE: LindaWhit Jul 20, 2012 11:26 AM

                                    DOH!! Thanks!

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                                golfer1 RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 20, 2012 09:47 AM

                                Prefer not too sweet, usually tomato based, I like a little orange juice and peel in it. Frequently add a little maple syrup, sometimes oyster, soy and hoisin. Always garlic, and some kind of acid. Prefer it on the acidic side over the sweet side. Personal and other diners preferences come into play as well as the meat...the mood...and the motivation.

                                1. Uncle Bob RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 20, 2012 01:57 PM

                                  99% of the time....NO sauce for me. ~~ I want to taste the meat, and complimentary seasonings (spices and a little smoke) for the particular meat being cooked ~~ I do, at times, make a vinegar based sauce/mop/sop/etc for chicken, and I will, as a special request from the little brown-eyed girl, lightly glaze a slab the last 5 or so minutes on the fire. ~~ Any sauces, if any, are served as a condiment at the table, and can include, several home made, a couple of sto-bought, Hoisin, Wildflower Honey, and a couple of others depending on the meat being served.

                                  Enjoy!

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                                    mcf RE: Uncle Bob Jul 20, 2012 02:16 PM

                                    The right sauce, used correctly, is a complementary seasoning.

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                                      Uncle Bob RE: mcf Jul 20, 2012 02:24 PM

                                      As long as it's not a sugar bomb,

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                                        mcf RE: Uncle Bob Jul 20, 2012 02:56 PM

                                        Totally agree. I hate goopy, sugary, candied meat.

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                                          acgold7 RE: mcf Jul 20, 2012 02:58 PM

                                          Me too, but I'm amazed at how many people just love it.

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                                    swoll50 RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 20, 2012 04:55 PM

                                    Spicy, a little tomato, medium consistency, noticeable but not overpowering vinegar and very black peppery

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