Why You Need Your Own Signature BBQ Sauce And How To Create One

photo_21536_20120320If I have to tell you why exactly you need your own BBQ Sauce, you have obviously not spent enough time behind a grill. Real men have their own signature BBQ sauce, a sauce that is so amazingly good that it becomes the envy of all other men that are lucky enough to have that sauce hit their pallet. A signature BBQ sauce is not the BBQ sauce that you got on sale to slap on some ribs, but one that is modified over time until the recipe becomes so delicious that it must be kept a secret.

How do you start making your own signature BBQ sauce and climb a rung in the ladder of manhood? It is actually quite simple and may take a little research, some note-taking and a decent amount of time behind a grill, but in the end you will end up with something that will draw people to your BBQ for the chance to taste your signature BBQ sauce and not just for the free beer.

Here is how you get started creating a signature BBQ sauce.

Take a basic BBQ Sauce recipe such as the one listed below, ensuring that you are writing the recipe down on a piece of paper which you will save so that you can track any changes to the recipe that you make over time.

1/2 Cup of Ketchup
2 Tabelspoons of Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tablespoon of Cider Vinegar
1 Dash of Hot Pepper Sauce
1 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
1/4 Teaspoon of Mustard Powder
1/4 Teaspoon of Salt.

Mix the above ingredients together and simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently to ensure that the sauce does not burn and remove from the heat when you have the desired consistency.

Once you have created this first batch of BBQ sauce, use it.  Try to think of changes to the sauce that you can make to enhance the flavor and make some notes on that paper that was mentioned above.  Put this paper away until you make the sauce again.  Some changes that could be made may be the addition of:

  • Black Pepper
  • white Pepper
  • Stout Beer
  • Your Favorite Rub
  • Seasoned Salt  such as Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • Prepared Yellow Mustard
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Molasses
  • Chili Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Minced Garlic
  • Butter
  • Finely Chopped Onions
  • Kosher Salt
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Water
  • Roughly Chopped Frozen Pitted Cherries
  • Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

The next time you make the sauce, annotate the changes to the original recipe being careful to note the amounts of each item that you are including.  Use the new BBQ sauce and think of any additional changes that have to be made.  Continue this process of writing down the changes to the recipe so you can continue to fine tune your recipe.

Once you have created the perfect signature BBQ Sauce, protect the recipe unless you are the type of person that wants to share your hard work and ingenuity with your friends.  You now have a signature BBQ sauce that people will remember and if you are lucky, it may be good enough that you can go into business marketing your sauce and make a few bucks.

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