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Official BBQ Sauce Thread

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  • Started 4 months ago by mikethompson
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  1. mikethompson

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    With the weather warming up (hopefully) pretty soon, a young mans thoughts turn to grilling and BBQing. Options are a little thin around where I am, but I do make some passable ribs and typically use either of these. The Stubbs for the ribs and the Rays for chicken. I know there are a trillion different kinds elsewhere. What do you guys use?

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    Being from North Carolina, we get mighty defensive over which side of the state's sauces we use. I was born in pretty much the middle of the East versus West sauce debate, so I indulge in a little of both, for different purposes. The East style is a vinegar based hot sauce using primarily apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. Some throw in a dash of brown sugar, but I never do.

    Now for my ribs I like the western style, usually tomato paste based that makes for a thicker sauce. For that, I typically buy either of the two you already mentioned, Mike, or one born in North Carolina:

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    Funny Churchwarden, my wife's entire family lives in and around Madison County, NC, and I had to tell them that there was a tear in uses of barbecue sauces in their state. I felt weird explaining the whole vinegar, tomato based rip, while they were using a family sweet mustard sauce recipe.

    For chicken and some cuts of pork, I prefer the Alabama white sauce...

    2 cups mayonnaise.
    1 cup distilled white vinegar.
    1/2 cup apple juice.
    2 teaspoons prepared horseradish.
    2 teaspoons ground black pepper.
    2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice.
    1 teaspoon salt.
    1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

    Michael
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    Most of the mustard based sauces you hear of around here are born out of South Carolina. They use that on their pork BBQ, but I can't stand the taste of it. Tried it several times on my pulled pork and it just ain't right to me.

    Now the only thing I've tried that mustard sauce on that I liked was a chicken bog. If you ain't ever lived in South Carolina or been around people who have, you've likely not heard of chicken bog, but it's good eatin'. Might even get its own thread.

    I like that white sauce recipe. Might have to give it a shot next time I grill some pork or chicken.

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    Her family is the Lunsfords out of the true deep mountains of Western NC. There are monuments to their patriarch, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, all over the place up there for bringing the banjo and true blue grass down out of the mountain. It took me a while to get used to their food and music, but I always take my banjo and a few jars of white sauce up there when we go. It's my favorite spot in the world... setting on top of the world.

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    So the white sauce is used in place of BBQ sauce? Interesting.

    Matt, I've seen that sauce on shelves up here. I will have to give that a try. I wouldn't mind trying to make a sauce either. I make my own rub, so why not a sauce?

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    I love all BBQ sauce, but the last few years I've been gravitating towards simple: brine first night before, around noon ight up mixture of lump charcoal and quality chunks of hardwood on the Weber grill, disposable aluminum pan of water under meat (2-tier fire), spray meat occasionally with some cider vinegar every time I add some more wood to the fire, be patient while drinking beer and playing frisbee with the dog. Pull meat off the grill when the sun goes down, and it's always fall apart tender, flavorful and smokey.

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    Try using the sauce as the brine. You are basically "corning" the meat, when you brine or salt the meat beforehand. A good vinegar based sauce will do the same. The white sauce is especially good used this way with chicken. I just pour into into a plastic bag with my butchered hen, and let it set in the fridge over night. Then smoke it, and add more sauce before serving.

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    Any of the Stubbs are good. There is one for most any meat. For pulled pork though I make up a vinegar, mustard based sauce. I usually smoke, rarely barbecue, and steak is only grilled. Corn and potatoes are the only non-meats allowed in the smoker.

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    Can't wait to hear what the Texas folks have say about sauce....

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    Mmmmm its almost McRib time.

    Or since we're talking about BBQ sauce, time for a McClelland blend.

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    Here in S Louisiana the sauce was Jack Millers, had a vinegar base, low in sugar, as some of us get older, sugar is our enemy, I noticed Stubbs is low in sugar, our Miller sauce is a cross between Carolina and Texas sauce. We love our Jack Millers, I have made a French bread sandwich with just Jack Millers.

    The Old Cajun
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    My favorite Texas BBQ sauce is, Salt Lick. I haven’t been out there in a long time but their sauce is sold in the grocery stores now. It’s the most unique sauce, I love it. Franklin’s also has some good sauce but I refuse to wait in their lines, they’re ridiculous! But they have a coffee flavored sauce that is delicious.

    Damn! That Alabama White Sauce sounds legit! I’m going to give that a shot, thanks for sharing the ingredients, cosmic

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    I've never had a mustard-based BBQ sauce. Can someone give me the Coles notes? (Do they even make Coles notes anymore?)

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    Ahhh McRibs (“at participating locations. For a limited time only”)

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    I was a pitmaster for 5 years. I learned one thing. Keep it simple and you'll sell a lot. I've had some great ingredient laden sauces but cost can be a huge factor.

    Here is a recipe that we sold in gallons....

    5 gallon mustard/vinegar based recipe from memory. Adjust to your needs.

    2 x 7 lbs cans of ketchup.
    1 gallon mustard
    2 cans of water from ketchup
    44 ounces of worcestershire sauce
    16 ounces of white vinegar
    3 table spoons of ground cayenne pepper

    Mix well.

    Jason
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    For beef I like Head Country.

    For chicken and pork I like Blues Hog.

    "I'm a simple man. I like pretty, dark-haired women and breakfast food." Ron Swanson
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    voorhees: Your proportions are right. But, I prefer no red tint or sweetness in my "Northern Carolina" style sauce. You are absolutely right, simple is best. One isn't suppose to hide the meat. For me, acid perfectly compliments the sweetness of pork. It's a marriage made in heaven for my palate.

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    I was a pitmaster for 5 years...
    Here is a recipe that we sold in gallons

    Jason, thank you.

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    Some of these mustard-based sauces sound interesting too. Now I'm all hungry.

    Okiepiper, is this what you are talking about?

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    Can't wait to hear what the Texas folks have say about sauce....

    Stubb's is from Austin.

    Our local grocery chain, HEB, has a house brand series of "regional" blends. I find their Kansas City style sauce to be a good "general purpose" grilling sauce.

    Water, Sugar, Tomato Paste, Molasses, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Paprika, Corn Starch, Natural Smoke Flavor, Spice, Chili Powder (Chili Pepper, Spices, Salt, Garlic Powder), Natural Flavor, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Citric Acid. What is that natural smoke flavor? Is that like dottle?

    Hawky, get over to Stiles Switch on N. Lamar. They do a decent job.

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