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Old 05-31-2016, 10:34 AM   #1
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BBQ Pork Ribs Recipe Advice Required.

Hello,

What non-sweet alternative ingredient could I use instead of cola, sugar, syrup, honey, mollases ect to make my BBQ Pork ribs sticky?
I am not a lover of anything sweet.

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Old 05-31-2016, 10:45 AM   #2
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Just so I'm understanding your question, you want to make your sauce sticky, but not sweet, is that correct? This is not as easy as it sounds, because most sticky foods also tend to be sweet.

Peanut butter is the first thing that comes to mind...
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Old 05-31-2016, 11:10 AM   #3
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Why do the ribs need to be sticky?
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Old 05-31-2016, 11:18 AM   #4
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I also have never been a fan of sweet ribs, but to make them sticky I think you need to have a little of some sort of sugar (as in ketchup etc.).
You know me Andy, I can't tell you my exact recipe for rib sauce but I can give you the ingredients I use. I simmer it till it reduces some.
ketchup
chili sauce (I like Heinz for this)
whiskey
liquid smoke
garlic powder
cumin
We like this sauce for ribs because it's not too sweet.

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Old 05-31-2016, 11:27 AM   #5
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Hi and welcome to Discuss Cooking

I would start with minced sautéed onion and garlic and add ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Cook for a bit to reduce. It will have a little sweetness from the ketchup but the Worcestershire and mustard should balance it and make it more savory. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-31-2016, 11:29 AM   #6
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Just a guess at proportions:

1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
2 cups ketchup
2-3 tsp. Worcestershire
1 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
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Why do the ribs need to be sticky?
They don't. Ours never are because I simply cannot stand most of the commercial sauces, they are too sweet and gloppy. The one commercial sauce I do like is Tom's Mild, it's a mustard based sauce. I can't find anywhere it's sold on-line but they do sell it in Publix if you have those and want to try it. A link to their FB page. https://www.facebook.com/tomsbbqsauce/

Craig usually puts some kind of rub on them I think, though less on the ones for me than for him, and then we sauce after they come off the grill. He also wraps and cooks mine a bit longer than his because I like mine fall off the bone tender and he like a little more bite to his.
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:26 PM   #8
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Thanks ever so for all your replies.
You have all given me some great ideas.

The only reason I asked is because I hate sweet foods.
I don't east candy/sweets/ cookies/biscuits/ice cream/fizzy sweet drinks/cake etc at all.
Due to the fact I ate too much of the above when I was younger and it made be feel 'sickly'
Just in case you were wondering.

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Just a thought, molasses is not super sweet. It has some sweetness but a couple of tablespoons of it won't give you a "sweet" sauce, not like the 1/4 to 1/2 cup of brown sugar that many sauces call for.
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Just a thought, molasses is not super sweet. It has some sweetness but a couple of tablespoons of it won't give you a "sweet" sauce, not like the 1/4 to 1/2 cup of brown sugar that many sauces call for.
That's true. And it gives the sauce a deep flavor that's hard to describe, but really delicious
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Just a thought, molasses is not super sweet. It has some sweetness but a couple of tablespoons of it won't give you a "sweet" sauce, not like the 1/4 to 1/2 cup of brown sugar that many sauces call for.

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As I started reading this, I immediately thought Molasses. Bingo.

You can also substitute plain tomato sauce instead of catsup, use less so it doesn't taste too tomato-ey.

I looked at what I thought were my less sweet Bbq sauce recipes. My-my, they are full of sugars.

Here's one I found on About dot com/ Bbq sauces, not too sweet. Esp if you make suggested subs. I would add more hot pepper to this, but that's me.

Piedmont includes western North Carolina/ Kentucky, one of several US regions famous for its Bbq.

Piedmont Barbecue Sauce Recipe
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You could look into asian type sauces using hoisin, oyster sauce, soy sauce. They can be sweet but the soy sauce will usually balance and even dominate the main flavor of your sauce...
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Sweet BBQ sauce

In the South some prefer vinegar based BBQ sauce. I personally don't care for it but it's definitely not sweet.

Another alternative is to make GG's recipe or similar but start with a base of homemade catsup made to your taste.

One recipe is here: Takes about 15 minutes.

http://www.runwiki.org/2014/02/15/ho...up-sugar-free/

I've done this. I dislike overly sweet and overly salty. I use honey rather than molasses or brown sugar and start with about half the suggested sweetener and almost no salt.
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Why does there even need to be any sauce involved?
What about putting together your own unique spice rub?
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I usually just season with S&P or store bought rub. No saucing or mopping during the cook. BBQ sauce on the side provided for those who need it.....
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I just apply a proprietary rub on ribs and serve sauce on the side for those who want it.
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I just apply a proprietary rub on ribs and serve sauce on the side for those who want it.
I like the sauce caramelized a bit, so just on the side doesn't really get the job done for me.
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Why does there even need to be any sauce involved?
What about putting together your own unique spice rub?
There doesn't *have* to be a sauce. Some people like saucy ribs, though. I do
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I like the sauce caramelized a bit, so just on the side doesn't really get the job done for me.
Same here.
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