Add Zip & Zing to a Basic Barbeque Sauce Recipe

Barbeque Sauces Barbeque sauce reigns supreme in areas of the country where barbeque is king. The sauce, with bountiful flavors, is used as a marinade, basting juice or a topping for meat cooked in the barbeque style of cooking. Ingredients vary greatly...

Barbeque Sauces
Barbeque Sauces

Barbeque sauce reigns supreme in areas of the country where barbeque is king. The sauce, with bountiful flavors, is used as a marinade, basting juice or a topping for meat cooked in the barbeque style of cooking. Ingredients vary greatly depending on taste.

Most barbeque sauces contain a variation of tomato paste and/or vinegar that serves as the base spices such as black pepper and mustard, either plain or spicy and sugar or molasses to add sweetness.

Let’s start with a basic barbeque sauce recipe and build from there.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups of ketchup;
  • ½ cup of dark brown sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped;
  • 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce;
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons of paprika;
  • ¾ teaspoon of freshly ground pepper;
  • ¼ teaspoon of celery salt
  • ½ cup of water

Directions:

  1. Over medium heat, combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil.
  2. Continue stirring until all the ingredients are completely blended.
  3. Reduce to low heat and simmer until all the flavors have formed a flavor profile that makes the cook’s helpers stand up and pay attention. When the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, declare the sauce done. It should take about 30 to 40 minutes to reach that point.
  4. Remove the sauce from the heat and let cool to room temperature. If the sauce will be saved for another day, put the sauce into a covered bowl and refrigerate.

Additional Ingredients:

This is where the sauce will take on your culinary personality.

If you like to add a dash of spice to your cooking, add 2 tablespoons of horseradish, ¼ cup finely chopped Jalapeno pepper or a dash or two of hot sauce. Use each of the ingredients or your favorite combination of the three. No matter what combo you add, it will put a little zippity into everybody’s doo-dah.

For a little bit of a sweet twist along with some tang, add zest from a lemon and orange, one cup of peach, strawberry or raspberry preserves, one tablespoon of nutmeg or cinnamon or one cup of sweetened cranberry juice. Add your favorite ingredients to the mix and create something sweet and mellow.

If you want to add an Asian twist to your barbeque sauce, consider replacing Worcestershire Sauce with 3 tablespoons of hoisin or soy sauce, one tablespoon of minced ginger, ¼ cup of minced shallots and cut the amount of brown sugar in half and add an equal amount of honey. By adding your favorite combination of ingredients, or add them all, your guests will think they are dining in the Far East.

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