BBQ SAUCE – The tips to getting it right

 

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We’re not about to give away all our secrets here to making our highly sought after BBQ sauces, but we DO want to help you make your own. There are 3 main elements to a BBQ sauce, the base, the sweeteners and the spices. I have listed some tricks of the trade below, in each category. Use them all, use a few, whatever you like, just find the balance you like and the flavour you love. You seriously can’t go wrong.

Bases:
Tomato Sauce (any standard supermarket brand)
home made tomato sauce (diced tomatoes, sugar, salt , water, and some time!)

Sweetners:
Brown sugar
Molasses / treacle
Soft drink (coke, Dr pepper etc)
honey
glucose syrup

Spices:
Smoked paprika
cayenne pepper
onion powder / diced onion
Garlic powder / diced garlic
liquid smoke / powdered smoke (available at most gourmet grocers)
cocoa powder
lemon / orange zest
apple
cherry
cinnamon
celery seed
cumin
rosemary
sage
white / black pepper
coffee (instant / grinds / espresso)
Apple Cider Vinegar
Sherry Vinegar

Have a play around with flavours and create something amazing that is your own! don’t forget, if you are using a lot of sugars (which i recommend) , be sure to bring the sauce to heat to help combine all the ingredients.

Brendan Langfield

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