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Old 03-21-2006, 04:38 PM   #1
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How old would a BBQ sauce need to be to NOT USE IT?

I made a nice BBQ Pork Shoulder... then I went spelunking in the big fridge... found a bottle of BBQ sauce I made, oh, lets say 4 years ago--- vinegar based sauce, nothing in it but pepper flakes, some chili powder etc and spices...
Looked clear and smelled like vinegar with spices in it... would you use it?

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Old 03-21-2006, 04:50 PM   #2
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I personally would not use anything after 4 years, for bbq sauce maybe 1 year and that is for the kind that is made by a company which has preservatives in it. thats just me
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Old 03-21-2006, 05:35 PM   #3
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No problemo Amigo. The stuff thats in it never goes bad, that's the key.
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Old 03-21-2006, 05:55 PM   #4
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Taste it and wait 2 or 3 hours. If you are not in serious pain, it should be fine. O.K. seriously, as long as there is no protein or dairy it should be fine. But if you are not sure, don't risk it, Pitch it.
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Old 03-21-2006, 05:59 PM   #5
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I would be on the safe side of things and throw it out.
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Old 03-21-2006, 06:20 PM   #6
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If it's only vinegar and spices, Hopz, there's nothing in it to spoil. I would use it.

Here's an awfully good BBQ sauce for pork shoulder:

1/2 cup catsup
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
3 tbl soy sauce
2 tsp ground ginger (or fresh or jarred)
1 tsp granulated garlic (or fresh or jarred)
1/2 tsp Tobasco sauce

Combine ingredients in saucepan. Cook and stir till sugar is dissolved. Improves upon standing. Keeps in fridge for a very long time.
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Old 03-21-2006, 07:01 PM   #7
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Is it OK? Probably.

Were it me would most likely make sure the will was in order and take a small taste.

But heck, my bottom line is would you feel comfortable eating it?

If not, toss it.

It's just some bloody vinegar, hot pepper flakes and spices.

But just remember how Worcestershire sauce was discovered.

Sorry, just had to insert the last sentence.

Let us know how it turns out.
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Old 03-21-2006, 08:42 PM   #8
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oil, protein, sugars, lack of oxygen, can spell botulism. None of that you described...acid and plant matter...rub it around your eyes..if your crows feet disappear, sell it, if not use it. (that's a joke, don't rub hot pepper around your eyes please!)
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Old 03-21-2006, 09:30 PM   #9
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You could use it. BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard has no need to be refrigerated. People keep 'way too much stuff in the fridge that can stay on the shelf.
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Old 03-21-2006, 09:40 PM   #10
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Even the commercially prepared, full of preservatives, stuff expires after a year or so.

If it doesn't kill you it probably tastes bad.

Make or buy some more.
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