Barbecues are a great way to entertain friends and family. You’re not stuck in the kitchen away from all the fun, it doesn’t matter if people turn up early or late and if the weather’s fine the eating and drinking can go on as long as you like.
As you travel the country you’ll find many different opinions about what makes a good barbecue sauce, if you’re in the Carolinas for example, they’ll probably be voting for a vinegar BBQ sauce and if you’re in the South there’s bound to be something hot and spicy about the sauce. There’s also a whole host of bottled barbecue sauces on the market that offer all sorts of promises.
When it comes down to the best barbecue sauce recipes, my feeling is to go back to basics and to tradition. It’s that sweet and sour taste that we love together with a tomato base a delicate flavor to bring a smack to your taste buds.
Let’s go through the ingredients:
We could go back and forth all night whether the best sauces originate from fresh tomatoes or from ketchup and to be honest. I don’t think that it matters much, after all, ketchup is made from tomatoes.
Use white vinegar because it helps to keep the color of the sauce light and vibrant. Vinegar can when first introduced to the sauce and heated up gives off a very pungent smell, but as the sauce is simmered this will settle down.
Together with the vinegar, this combination is what completes the sweet and sour taste. Brown sugar is the order of the day because it provides that extra caramelized flavor.
The final of the four absolute must have ingredients and it’s a distinctive flavor. There’s a myriad of herbs and spices in Worcestershire sauce, but the most significant flavoring is tamarind, a spice largely used in Indian cooking to give a sour taste.
The complete list of ingredients and full recipe:-
· 2 tablespoons olive oil
· 3 cloves garlic crushed
· 4 tablespoons finely chopped onion
· Fry gently for 2-3 minutes until the onions go clear, then add:-
· 1 400g can chopped tomatoes
· 1 tube tomato purée (between 150g – 200g)
· 3 tablespoons brown sugar
· 2 tablespoons vinegar
· 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
· 1 teaspoon dry English mustard
· 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
· ground black pepper to taste
Throw all the ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 45 minutes. Once you are done, pour the sauce into bbq sauce bottles. Conscious Choice for a Conscious Gift? Give a gift a picnic basket for a BBQ party – get that bottle of BBQ sauce, some chips, corn and everything else you can think of. They will appreciate the extra effort.