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Old 10-23-2011, 08:31 PM   #1
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Homemade Barbecue Sauce

I've only made one homemade barbecue sauce that was worth a darn. I can't remember what went into it, but everything in my cupboard was present. I really like tomato-based sauces with a backbone of cider vinegar. It can be spicy, but mostly it just has to be bold and complex. My favorite store-bought brand is KC masterpiece, but after having that tonight, I'm thinking it needs more spice and needs less sweet.

I'm trying to nail a recipe but need some help getting a perfect 10. This will be for pulled pork. My thoughts so far:

3 parts ketchup
1 part cider vinegar

to taste:
mustard powder/ballpark mustard
brown sugar
chili powder
coffee--for complexity
lemon/lime juice--to round out the acidity
(Italian seasonings?)
can't decide if I want cooked onion in this or not.

Any advice is welcome :)

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Old 10-23-2011, 08:43 PM   #2
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I should also add that my current soy sauce has a fishy tang to it. It's wonderful for Asian cooking, but wouldn't work well here. I'll just stick to salt.
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:35 PM   #3
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My secret weapon for BBQ sauce is molasses. Have you used cumin in your sauce before? I would think it would tend to take over the flavor or give it more of a chili sauce flavor, but then maybe that is what you are going for. :-)
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:00 PM   #4
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I would avoid Italian seasonings, and even the lemon juice. Cider vinegar isn't all that bad, and with a decent amount if brown sugar, I think the lemon would get lost anyways.

If you cook the onion down, and get lots of color on it, you will add a little more depth to the sauce, as well as some more natural sweetness.

A little bit of the adobo that comes in canned chipotles will add heat, and some good smokiness if you want smoke WITH heat.

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Old 10-24-2011, 05:20 AM   #5
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I would use home-made roasted tomato sauce instead of ketchup. And, I'd used maple syrup instead of sugar--roasted garlic, and toasted spices (heated in a bit of EVOO in a CI skillet). For pork, I'd add a star of anise (remove when done) or Chinese 5-spice. A bit of pork stock (or beef or chicken). And, finish with a tsp of butter.
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:05 AM   #6
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Equal parts ketchup and cider vinegar is the way to go. Add in a little molasses, brown sugar, yellow mustard, salt, cayenne pepper to taste. That's all it needs. It goes so well with all BBQ. I always have some on hand and it holds well due to the shelf life of the ingredients.
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Old 10-24-2011, 02:44 PM   #7
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Your recipe ( to me) is Texas BBQ sauce. Quite sweet, generally served on Beef.

If you like Kansas City sauce, it is totally different. (order a bottle of Gate's Sauce online to see what I mean). I think it has dried orange peel or something in it.

But pulled pork is so rich and fatty, I think it's best with a Vinegar based sauce..

Google South Carolina Sauce for red..

or my fave, Mustard BBQ Sauce.

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