Monday, October 7, 2013

Barbeque Sauce Starter Kit

Never discuss politics or religion or barbeque sauce with friends. Barbeque sauce preference is one of the most deeply held convictions a person can cherish. Everyone has their favorite BBQ sauce. Yours might be a particular store bought version and if you don’t cook a lot of barbeque that is entirely understandable. But if you’re serious about getting serious about BBQ, I suggest that you start with this sauce and take it from there. You’ll want to develop your own signature sauce that you’ve spent countless hours perfecting. And then you will never, ever share the exact recipe with anyone – not even your spouse. That’s just how BBQ Sauce works.

Your friends will rave about your sauce in public (especially when you’re providing the BBQ!), but they will all secretly harbor their own preference. So in the end, you’re the only one you have to impress.

This sauce is simple a starting point. What you add, or take away, will depend entirely on your palate. Make something very, very special and then share it with your friends – just don’t tell them how you do it!

Barbeque Sauce Starter Kit
Yield: About 3½ Cups     Preparation Time: 10 Minutes     Cooking Time: 35 Minutes


• 1 Clove Garlic, smashed
• ½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
• 1 Cup Ketchup

• ½ Cup Malt Vinegar

• ½ Cup Dark Corn Syrup
• ¼ Cup of Brown Sugar
• ½ Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

• 2 Tablespoons Grated Onion (use a microplane)
• ¼ Teaspoon ground Cayenne Pepper
• 1 Tablespoon Hickory Liquid Smoke

Preparation Steps

Step 1. Sprinkle the smashed Garlic clove with the Kosher Salt and using the side of the blade on a chef’s knife, mash the Garlic and Salt into a paste by pulling the knife toward you repeatedly.

Step 2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine Ketchup, Vinegar and Corn Syrup and bring to boil.

Step 3. Add the Garlic paste, Brown Sugar, Freshly Ground Black Pepper, Grated Onion, Cayenne Pepper and Liquid Smoke, stirring until the Sugar is dissolved.

Step 4. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce for 20 minutes until thick. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Use the sauce right away on my 365 BBQ Ribs or your favorite grilled food. Refrigerate any remaining sauce for up to two weeks.

Tips and Trending

~ Try one, or some, of these suggested enhancements. First make the basic sauce and then decide in which direction you’d like to take the flavor. Pick out the appropriate addition and taste a tiny bit of the prepared sauce and most importantly inhale the aroma of the sauce when you taste it. Then just sniff one of your chosen additives and see what you think. Then try a different addition and see which appeals more to your idea of the finished sauce.

• Adobo Sauce
• Beer Porter or Stout
• Bourbon
• Buffalo Wing Sauce
• Chili Sauce
• Chinese Five-Spice
• Chipotle
• Cinnamon
• Cocoa
• Hoisin Sauce
• Horseradish
• Hot or Mild Fresh Peppers
• Hot Sauce
• Molasses
• Mustard
• Nutmeg
• Roasted Garlic
• Sweet Onion

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