Barbecue sauce you'd find at any rib joint?
June 11, 2013 7:18 PM   Subscribe

I'm making hot links on the grill and french fries tonight, and rather than use a bottle of KC Masterpiece, i'd like to make my own barbecue sauce. Generally I love all kinds of barbecue, but i'm looking for a sauce recipe that you'd find at any BBQ booth at any outdoor concert or event. Any ideas?
posted by nurgle to Food & Drink (9 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I"m all about the kitchen sink.

Tomato sauce, tomato paste, molassas, onion, garlic, mustard and vinegar. And bourbon. Mix it up and simmer on the stove for a bit.

posted by Ruthless Bunny at 7:24 PM on June 11, 2013

Can't go wrong with the kitchen sink. But also consider Carolina -- vinegar, hot pepper, little sugar -- applied after grilling, during the chop. Mebbe little mustard if you swing that way.
posted by LonnieK at 7:27 PM on June 11, 2013 [2 favorites]

There's a Pittsburgh pit, by way of Carolina that my mom loves, spicy mustard, rosemany, thyme and red wine vinegar. It's a thing if you're into it.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 7:31 PM on June 11, 2013 [3 favorites]

I have not tried making this particular sauce but the book it's from is fantastic. I've found that fruit really helps a barbecue sauce. Plum, apple, whatever. I am just a random Yankee, though.
posted by mkb at 7:33 PM on June 11, 2013

Ruby's Barbecue Sauce. If I'm not using it as a marinade or baste, I leave out the water in the recipe -- leaving the water out will give you more of the texture of a bottled sauce. I also always use about 1/3 of the recommended oil.
posted by jaguar at 7:47 PM on June 11, 2013 [1 favorite]

I found this recipe after reading The Man Who Ate Everything, and have made a large batch or two of it, along with the accompanying dry rub. It's got more ingredients than you're likely to find at an average BBQ vendor, but it's good stuff.
posted by jon1270 at 7:49 PM on June 11, 2013 [1 favorite]

I've made several of the sauces in this roundup and enjoyed them all.
posted by supercres at 7:51 PM on June 11, 2013 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Hell yeah! I just experimented a bit with a batch and it came out FANTASTIC! Thanks MeFites! Another victory for the hive mind...
posted by nurgle at 8:10 PM on June 11, 2013 [3 favorites]

Which batch? Can you post your recipe for future BBQ'ers?
posted by fake at 4:27 PM on June 12, 2013

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