Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Barbecue Sauces

Barbecue Sauces come in all kinds of flavors, colors, and types.
There are many ways to divide up the world of barbecue sauces. Sauces can be sweet or hot. Sauces can be thin or thick.
The Tomato-based barbecue sauces are the most popular.
Most commercial sauces are actually pretty basic in composition. Tomato juice, sweeteners, thickeners, spices, seasonings, and of course smoke flavor. 
Commercial barbecue sauces have become a condiment like salsa or ketchup.
A real barbecue sauce is a flavor enhancer.
The vinegar based barbecue sauce is the creation of traditional North Carolina barbecue.
Vinegar is the secret ingredient of Carolina Barbecue, particularly apple cider vinegar. These thin sauces can be used throughout the cooking process and aid in tenderizing of foods. Also, since vinegar is acidic it has the power to carry flavors deep into the meat. Try mixing up a sauce of cider vinegar with red pepper to make a hot, flavorful, yet simple barbecue sauce.
In South Carolina, Mustard based barbecue sauces have had their origins in the 18th century when German immigrants brought this style of sauce from Europe and combined it with the indigenous pork barbecue. Mustard barbecue sauces have a tangy flavor.
Every barbecue cook has his or her favorite sauce.
The great secret of sauces is finding what you like and what works for you.

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