Barbecue Sauces

1. Big Daddy’s Carolina Style Barbecue Sauce

Big Daddy says, “This is Carolina style barbecue sauce.” This means that it is vinegar and mustard based, as opposed to the ketchup and molasses based sauces of the mid and southwest. The combination of sweet and tangy flavors brings out the absolute best in grilled or smoked pork or chicken.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Makes about 2 1/4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke (hickory flavoring)

Preparation:

Mix all except soy, butter and smoke. Simmer 30 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 more minutes.

2. Kansas City Rib Sauce

 
This is a rich, thick, tomato based
Kansas City style barbecue sauce recipe. Adjust the heat by changing the amount of cayenne.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne

Preparation:

Heat oil in a saucepan. Add garlic and sauté until brown. Add remaining ingredients and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes until thickened.

3. St. Louis Barbecue Sauce

St. Louis Barbecue Sauce is thinner and has more of a tangy flavor than its Kansas City cousin. Being at the crossroads St. Louis style barbecue has many influences, so there are a number of ways of making this style sauce.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: Makes about 3 1/2 cups
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over a low heat. Stirring occasionally and simmer for 20 minutes. Sauce should be thin, but not watery. Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate. Sauce is better if allow to sit for a day.

4. Memphis Barbecue Sauce

Traditionally Memphis Barbecue is served without a sauce, but since rules are made to be broken, many Memphis BBQ Joints have sauces available, either on the side or by special order. This sauce captures the complexity of Memphis Barbecue in a rich sauce that has a mixture or sweet and vinegar with a hint of heat. A good Memphis Barbecue Sauce is thinner than most tomato based sauces

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes 

Yield: Makes about 3 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon mild chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

Preparation:

Melt butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until lightly browned. Add remaining ingredients (vinegar last), reduce heat and simmer over low for 20 minutes. Allow to cool. Optionally you can puree this sauce to make a smoother barbecue sauce.

5. Classic BBQ Rib Sauce

There is a flavor that is great BBQ Ribs. This sauce helps you get there, whether you smoked your ribs low and slow for hours, or baked them in the oven. This BBQ Rib Sauce has a touch of heat, a touch of smoke, and a lot of flavor.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes 
Yield: Makes about 2 1/2 cups
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
Preparation:
Blend onion and water into a puree. Heat a medium sauce pan over a medium heat. Add olive oil. When oil is warm, pour in onion puree. Simmer until slightly browned. Add remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly and simmer for about 20 minutes.

6. Mustard Sauce

If you haven’t tried a mustard based barbecue sauce then you are really missing out on something. This sauce works well with almost anything, but is particularly excellent for pork.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes 
Yield: Makes about 2 cups
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
Preparation:
Mix all ingredients together and simmer over a low heat for 30 minutes. If your making this sauce for a whole hog multiple the ingredients by about 8.

7.  Piedmont Barbecue Sauce

This is a classic Carolina Style Barbecue Sauce. Typically, served on smoked pork (at the table), this thin, vinegar based sauce has tons of flavor.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes 
Yield: Makes About 2 1/2 Cups
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Preparation:
Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate for several days, allowing the flavors to blend. Shack before using.

8.  Jack Daniel’s Rib Glaze

Use this barbecue sauce toward the end of cooking. You want the sauce to cook on to the surface of the ribs, but you don’t want it to burn.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes 
Yield: Makes about 3 cups
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
Preparation:
Combine ingredients in a saucepan and mix well. Simmer for 20 minutes then allow to cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If you make it a few days in advance the flavors will have more time to blend together.

9.  Best Odds Pulled Pork Sauce

This is the sauce you add to a pulled pork after it has been smoked and pulled. It is best to combine it with the pork in a saucepan over a low heat.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes 

Yield: Makes about 2 1/4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne

Preparation:

Combine water and brown sugar and stir until dissolved. Combine with remaining ingredients. Add slowly to pulled pork while mixing. The pulled pork should be lightly and evenly coated, neither dry nor soupy.

10. North Carolina BBQ Chicken Sauce

Smoked and pulled chicken takes half the time of pulled pork and gives you the fixings for a great barbecue sandwich. This sauce finishes off barbecue chicken perfectly.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes 

Yield: Makes about 3 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 4 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 3/4 tablespoon steak sauce
  • 3/4 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon hot pepper sauce

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients together in a sauce pan and let simmer for 10 minutes. Marinate chicken in 2/3 of the sauce overnight. Use the other 1/3 to baste the chicken while barbecuing.

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