Favorite BBQ sauces

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PhilNYC

Favorite BBQ sauces
« on: 16 Jun 2008, 12:07 pm »
Here are a couple of my favorites:

Arthur Bryant (legendary Kansas City rib joint):
"Original Recipe"...Uses a blend of mustard, tomato paste, vinegar, and other stuff.  Also packs a little heat.  Definitely my favorite!
http://arthurbryantsbbq.com/ab/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=4

Salt Lick BBQ (Austin, TX bbq):
"Secret Recipe"...mustard-based sauce.
https://www.saltlickbbq.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=2




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Re: Favorite BBQ sauces
« Reply #1 on: 16 Jun 2008, 12:16 pm »
http://www.sweetbabyrays.com/


I like this one a lot good taste with out the premium price

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Re: Favorite BBQ sauces
« Reply #2 on: 16 Jun 2008, 12:52 pm »
http://www.sweetbabyrays.com/


I like this one a lot good taste with out the premium price

That one gets my vote too.  Goes on sale for 99 cents.  :thumb:

cliffy

Re: Favorite BBQ sauces
« Reply #3 on: 16 Jun 2008, 01:58 pm »
Sweet Baby Rays also has a 'spicy' flavor that is my favorite.

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Brad

Re: Favorite BBQ sauces
« Reply #5 on: 17 Jun 2008, 03:32 pm »
Stubbs BBQ sauce from Austin, TX

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Re: Favorite BBQ sauces
« Reply #6 on: 17 Jun 2008, 03:45 pm »
From Austin and love Stubbs but nothing smokes or tastes as good as Sweet Baby Rays!!!!!

Canyoneagle

Re: Favorite BBQ sauces
« Reply #7 on: 17 Jun 2008, 04:13 pm »
Having grown up in Austin, I love Texas barbecue as well as Tex-Mex.

I make my own Southwestern barbecue sauce, following a few guidelines (I rarely, if ever measure anything when I cook, so bear with me)  :D

Basic ingredients:
- Olive oil, canola oil or butter
- Roasted tomatoes (12 fresh or 1 large can)
- Molasses
- Honey
- Chipotle chilies (dried, canned or ground)
- Garlic
- Shallot or white onion
- Fresh Cilantro
- stone ground mustard
- 1 bottle of good microbrew of choice
- white vinegar
- salt
- chili powder
- fresh ground black pepper
- ground cumin

You'll need a fairly fine sauce strainer and a blender, as well.

I start by mincing a hefty amount of garlic, then coursely chopping another batch for good measure (equivalent of a small handful total, perhaps 15-20 cloves).  Then, coursely chop about 2 large yellow onions or 4-5 shallots.
If I'm using dried chilies, I soak 3-4 (or more) dried chipotles in boiling water for about 5 minutes, then I remove the stem and coursely chop them (you can remove the seeds to tone down the heat). Rinse and coursely chop about 5 stalks of cilantro.

In a large skillet or saucepan I saute the garlic and onion in oil or butter, adding the chilies as the onions turn translucent.  Then I add about 1 tablespoon of molasses and about 1/2 cup of honey and carmelize the onions/garlic.
At that point I add the roasted tomatoes, cilantro and the beer, bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer (with the lid tipped a little to allow some of the liquid to boil off) until everything is looking saucy (about an hour).

After a brief cooldown, I put the whole shabang into the blender, whip it up a bit, then strain it into a tall saucepan.

Toast about 1/2 tsp cumin in a skillet.

Now for the final seasoning and fine tuning.
With the sauce on a medium simmer, I slowly add mustard, honey (if needed), salt, pepper,  cumin (a pinch at a time), and vinegar(if needed) until the sauce hits the perfect point where my whole mouth is blissfully activated by the flavors.

Yes, this is a BIG sauce.  I like it basted on chicken with a good hoppy IPA on the side.



Brad

Re: Favorite BBQ sauces
« Reply #8 on: 17 Jun 2008, 07:57 pm »
Also, Luling City Market BBQ sauce.


I will be trying Sweet Baby Ray's- thanks for the tip.
I normally like a sauce with more bite than sweetness.

Canyoneagle

Re: Favorite BBQ sauces
« Reply #9 on: 17 Jun 2008, 07:59 pm »
Hey, Brad - how 'bout Black's BBQ in Lockhart?  MMMMMMM!

stlblue

Re: Favorite BBQ sauces
« Reply #10 on: 17 Jun 2008, 08:15 pm »
I'll start off saying I don't like most BBQ sauces (covers the taste of the meat), but Pig On Beale (http://pigonbeale.com/home.htm) has the best I've tried.

Canyoneagle

Re: Favorite BBQ sauces
« Reply #11 on: 17 Jun 2008, 08:17 pm »
I hear ya.  The better the quality of the meat, the more subtle the sauce.......

stlblue

Re: Favorite BBQ sauces
« Reply #12 on: 17 Jun 2008, 08:21 pm »
I hear ya.  The better the quality of the meat, the more subtle the sauce.......

The beef brisket is some good stuff at the Salt Lick, also.  :wink:

Canyoneagle

Re: Favorite BBQ sauces
« Reply #13 on: 17 Jun 2008, 08:27 pm »
mmmm.......sloooooowwwwww cooked brisket...... 14-17 hours and it's perfect!  :drool:

MarkR7

Re: Favorite BBQ sauces
« Reply #14 on: 17 Jun 2008, 09:16 pm »
Yup, another vote here as well.... used to make my own, but with Sweet Baby Rays, why bother!


http://www.sweetbabyrays.com/


I like this one a lot good taste with out the premium price

That one gets my vote too.  Goes on sale for 99 cents.  :thumb:

Canyoneagle

Re: Favorite BBQ sauces
« Reply #15 on: 17 Jun 2008, 09:25 pm »
Yup, another vote here as well.... used to make my own, but with Sweet Baby Rays, why bother!


http://www.sweetbabyrays.com/


I like this one a lot good taste with out the premium price

That one gets my vote too.  Goes on sale for 99 cents.  :thumb:


Can't argue with the value there.  I used Baby Ray's quite a bit when I cooked for large groups during my hiatus into catering (cooking is one of my true passions) because it was difficult to beat it for bang for the buck.  Great sauce!

PhilNYC

Re: Favorite BBQ sauces
« Reply #16 on: 17 Jun 2008, 09:58 pm »
I've tried Sweet Baby Ray's, and I definitely like the taste.  But I like my sauces to be not so thick, and SBR's is a pretty thick sauce...

some young guy

Re: Favorite BBQ sauces
« Reply #17 on: 17 Jun 2008, 11:05 pm »
I've tried Sweet Baby Ray's, and I definitely like the taste.  But I like my sauces to be not so thick, and SBR's is a pretty thick sauce...
They make this great stuff for that very problem... it's called Jack Daniel's.  aa

Eric

Re: Favorite BBQ sauces
« Reply #18 on: 20 Jun 2008, 11:54 am »
Blues Hog
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BobM

Re: Favorite BBQ sauces
« Reply #19 on: 20 Jun 2008, 05:49 pm »
I just picked up some Famous Dave's Original at Price Club/Costco. Hope to give it a try soon.

We've used KC Masterpiece in the past when we wanted a thicker sauce that wasn't too tomato'y. Worked nicely on the ribs, but not too great on Chicken.

Bob