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The Truth about BBQ Sauce
Daily India ^ | March 02, 2006 | Owen Miller

Posted on 03/02/2006 7:47:01 AM PST by stainlessbanner

Barbecue sauces have a uniquely Southern and Western U.S. history. Most experts agree that the practice of adding sauce and spices to meat and fish began early in our history, with Native Americans teaching the art to early European settlers. The natives probably developed the process as part of an attempt to keep meats and fish from spoiling quickly. Salt played a major role in those early barbecue sauces, and salt is a well-known preservative in the meat curing process.

Because the nations first European arrivals lived on the East Coast of America, that part of the country is credited with spawning the original barbecue sauce styles. First and foremost, there are the various Carolina barbecue sauces. The most widely known are East Carolina, Piedmont, and South Carolina varieties. East Carolina barbecue sauce consists of vinegar, salt, black pepper, and crushed or ground cayenne peppers. Its a very simple sauce that penetrates the meat nicely for a deep flavor. Piedmont barbecue sauce only varies from East Carolina in that it often includes molasses or Worcestershire sauce and thus clings to the meat more. South Carolina sauce is entirely different, using a mustard base instead, producing a much tangier and sharp flavor.

Then there is Memphis or Southern style barbecue sauce. This popular variety is typically more complicated (flavor-wise) and is built around mustard, tomato, and vinegar. Fans often point to the boldness of these flavor combinations as the hallmark of Memphis barbecue sauce. A saying often heard among hungry connoisseurs is no two bites alike.

Continuing our trek westward, we come to the acknowledged center of the barbecue universe Kansas City! Kansas City barbecue sauce is distinguished by its noticeably thicker consistency and emphasis on sweetness. Thats because this style of sauce is built upon thick tomato sauce, chunks of vegetables, and lots of sugar. Many popular commercial brands are based on this Kansas City recipe. It’s most popular among amateur backyard grillers because of the availability in grocery stores (Kraft, Heinz, K.C.s Masterpiece, etc.). And also because the thick sauce can be applied only once and enough will remain in place to please the happy recipients of the grilled meat.

Finally, there are the Texas barbecue sauce styles. Now, Texas is one big state, and there are several regional varieties within it. The most common include thick and spicy sauces that are essentially spicier variations on the Kansas City sauces. These are found mostly in the north and east sections of the state (Dallas). In western Texas, thinner sauces that feature hot peppers can be found. These sauces are often added only at the very end of the barbecuing or grilling process. And then, in southern Texas, the barbecue sauce of choice features an emphasis on Mexican spices and, of course, jalapeno peppers! Make sure to have a cold beverage handy to put out the fire!

Owen Miller is the town expert on barbecuing and on barbecue sauces to make you drool. To get the information you need to be the top barbecue sauce guru in your town, check out Owen's bbq sauce resource center at http://www.bbqsaucezone.com.


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1 posted on 03/02/2006 7:47:02 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: chesley; A knight without armor; Vom Willemstad K-9; NerdDad; Fierce Allegiance; expatguy; ...
FR BBQ Ping!

What's cooking on the Rock?

2 posted on 03/02/2006 7:47:29 AM PST by stainlessbanner (I miss Mayberry)
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To: stainlessbanner

If ain't Stubbs BBQ sauce... it ain't sauce! "He is a cook!"


3 posted on 03/02/2006 7:50:27 AM PST by Mathews (Shot... Splash... Out!)
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To: stainlessbanner

Dagnabbit, SB, you made me hungry and I still have an hour before lunch!

BTW, that is a really cruel article to post at the beginning of Lent.


4 posted on 03/02/2006 7:51:04 AM PST by RebelBanker (If you can't do something smart, do something right.)
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To: stainlessbanner
the practice of adding sauce and spices to meat and fish began early in our history, with Native Americans teaching the art to early European settlers.

Obviously wouldn't have occurred to the stupid white man without help from his superior red brother.

5 posted on 03/02/2006 7:51:49 AM PST by Restorer
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To: Mathews

"Ladies and Gentlemen I am a cook!"


6 posted on 03/02/2006 7:51:54 AM PST by stainlessbanner (I miss Mayberry)
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To: stainlessbanner

Truth is...

that sounds pretty tasty - good thing it's almost luchtime!


7 posted on 03/02/2006 7:52:21 AM PST by Hegemony Cricket (Rage is the fuel that powers the islamic machine)
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To: stainlessbanner
Mmmm..... BBQ.


8 posted on 03/02/2006 7:52:38 AM PST by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: stainlessbanner

Notice, no New England or Blue States recipes.............


9 posted on 03/02/2006 7:52:45 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him...)
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To: stainlessbanner

If you're ever in Washington DC, go to "Old Glory" BBQ on M St. and Wisconsin in Georgetown. Great pulled pork, a "100 shots of Bourbon club," and a choice of 6 sauces, which are in a beer six-pack case on your table. The Memphis sauce is heaven on Earth!


10 posted on 03/02/2006 7:53:36 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Republicam)
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To: stainlessbanner

Bump


11 posted on 03/02/2006 7:54:20 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: stainlessbanner
>The TRUTH about BBQ Sauce


12 posted on 03/02/2006 7:55:36 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: Restorer

Support diversity: Mustard-based, Ketchup-based, Vinegar-based....


13 posted on 03/02/2006 7:55:38 AM PST by stainlessbanner (I miss Mayberry)
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To: stainlessbanner

14 posted on 03/02/2006 7:57:06 AM PST by oldleft
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To: stainlessbanner

Ah yes... you do know the man!


15 posted on 03/02/2006 7:57:10 AM PST by Mathews (Shot... Splash... Out!)
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To: stainlessbanner

Interesting, but not news.


16 posted on 03/02/2006 7:57:12 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: stainlessbanner
Famous Dave's
17 posted on 03/02/2006 7:58:10 AM PST by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.)
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To: Cincinatus
If you're ever in Washington DC, go to "Old Glory" BBQ on M St. and Wisconsin in Georgetown. Great pulled pork, a "100 shots of Bourbon club," and a choice of 6 sauces, which are in a beer six-pack case on your table. The Memphis sauce is heaven on Earth!

I prefer their dry-rub ribs, myself. Also, the Old Glory in Arlington on Wilson Blvd. is a hang out for the Old Guard ceremonial guard at Arlington Cemetary. If you ever find yourself at the bar there next to some guys with buzz cuts, ask them about their posting. It's quite interesting.

18 posted on 03/02/2006 7:58:19 AM PST by Potowmack ("Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government")
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To: Restorer

yeah, that made me laugh also. the europeans never discovered spices until the landed in america. didnt romans use salt as currency? what a joke.


19 posted on 03/02/2006 7:58:25 AM PST by RolandBurnam (I WANT SOME PORK RINDS!!!!!)
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To: Cincinatus

Whoops- sorry, I'm talking about Red, Hot & Blue, not Old Glory.


20 posted on 03/02/2006 7:59:09 AM PST by Potowmack ("Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government")
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To: stainlessbanner

lots of vinagar, lots of mustard, lots of molasses, little bit of liquad smoke, lots of brown sugar, little bit of worchestershire, little bit of soy, a few tomotos----you can't go wrong.


21 posted on 03/02/2006 7:59:15 AM PST by wolf24
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To: stainlessbanner

Lately I've been using a Wasabi-based BBQ sauce to good effect, more to bring out the natural flavor of the meat than to introduce new flavors.


23 posted on 03/02/2006 7:59:29 AM PST by No.6 (www.fourthfightergroup.com)
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To: stainlessbanner; Constitution Day; azhenfud

Memphis, Kansas City, Texas. All sauces made in an attempt to recreate the quality of the one true sauce, Eastern NC. Unfortunately they have not even come close


24 posted on 03/02/2006 8:00:47 AM PST by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: stainlessbanner
The best BBQ sauce off the rack is Montgomery Inn Ribs King sauce. It's made in Cinn. and they sell it here in Indiana. For the best BBQ sauce you ever had try this:

Three parts Rib King Sauce
One part Kraft regular BBQ sauce
One teaspoon of Tiger Sauce

three or four drops of Tabasco Sauce
A shot glass sized slug of beer

Try this out and I doubt you ever want another BBQ sauce ever. It's my (formerly) secret receipe

25 posted on 03/02/2006 8:00:56 AM PST by joebuck
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To: stainlessbanner; peacebaby

Can you add anything to this discussion, Ms. Southern chick?


26 posted on 03/02/2006 8:01:14 AM PST by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: stainlessbanner

There's a few here.

http://ironq.com/bbq_sauce.html


27 posted on 03/02/2006 8:01:14 AM PST by gate2wire
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To: SkyPilot

The Mecca for BBQ is in Lexington, NC. Everything else is a pale substitute. Try eating at either "Lexington BBQ" or "BBQ Center." They are the two best versions of Lexington BBQ. When you order a plate also order a "Cheerwine" to go with it. Another Western Carolina invention. Delicious. Don't forget to finish with a serving of Banana Pudding. Yum.


28 posted on 03/02/2006 8:01:16 AM PST by tigtog
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To: stainlessbanner

Apple Cider Vinegar
Red pepper
Black pepper
Hot sauce

(don't be sparing with the ingredients.)

Mix it, let it sit for a day, then apply often to pork on the barbeque or smoker. You can make it in a big ole jar and poke holes in the top to create a shaker. It's ready to eat as is, but for sandwiches, I'll make a sweeter sauce to drizzle on top after the pork's on a bun. Made it last Sunday - the dog gets excited when she hears charcoal going into the smoker pan.


29 posted on 03/02/2006 8:01:30 AM PST by Sax
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To: No.6

Wasabi huh? Very intriguing----I'm going to give it a go during my next BBQ creation session.


30 posted on 03/02/2006 8:02:02 AM PST by wolf24
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To: stainlessbanner

http://www.americasbestbbq.com/barbecue-sauces-rubs.htm


31 posted on 03/02/2006 8:03:01 AM PST by Slicksadick (Go out on a limb........Its where the fruit is.)
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To: tigtog

Yeah right. Try Hog Heaven in Little Washington or Parkers in Wilson. Even Stamey's in Greensboro is better that anything in Lexington.


32 posted on 03/02/2006 8:03:19 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: billbears

Memphis-style rules them all........


33 posted on 03/02/2006 8:03:41 AM PST by wolf24
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To: Servant of the 9; catpuppy; sweetliberty
Let the flame wars begin!
34 posted on 03/02/2006 8:04:39 AM PST by null and void (I nominate Sept 11th: "National Moderate Muslim Day of Tacit Approval". - Mr. Rational, paraphrased)
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To: stainlessbanner
"Make sure to have a cold beverage handy to put out the fire!"

That would be a glass of milk with a high fat content. The fat helps absorb some of the capsaicin.

Beer, water, iced tea or sodas won't help and may make the "burn" worse.

If you can't take the heat, don't eat BBQ.
35 posted on 03/02/2006 8:05:07 AM PST by garyhope (Peace through superior firepower, A-10's, C-130Y gunships, rational thought and pragmatism.)
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To: AppyPappy

Yo - AppyPappy, not to get too personal, but eastern NC BBQ is not as good as wester NC BBQ. I will admit I prefer the way easterners prepare their cole slaw.


36 posted on 03/02/2006 8:05:09 AM PST by tigtog
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To: stainlessbanner
Strange... that one very famous sauce is not mentioned.
Might it be because it is Politically Incorrect? I never tried it because I couldn't find it in California, but it's southern and somehow got a "racist" reputation and some supermarket chains decided no longer to carry it...

Any input here?

37 posted on 03/02/2006 8:05:11 AM PST by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: AppyPappy

Payne's in Memphis is the best I've ever had.

http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=1274


38 posted on 03/02/2006 8:05:41 AM PST by wolf24
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To: stainlessbanner
Ooh, you're makin' me miss my good old Eastern NC BBQ. No one else makes BBQ like that. Gonna have to trot over to Amazon and pick me up some Kings BBQ.
39 posted on 03/02/2006 8:05:42 AM PST by Kaylee Frye
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To: Restorer
Obviously wouldn't have occurred to the stupid white man without help from his superior red brother.

Specially ironic, from an article originating in --- India!

40 posted on 03/02/2006 8:06:21 AM PST by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: RebelBanker

Well, RebBanker it's the first of Spring, time to get the smoker going!


41 posted on 03/02/2006 8:06:27 AM PST by stainlessbanner (I miss Mayberry)
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To: stainlessbanner
Used up that case of Gates I brought back from my last business trip out to KC. We usually use a dry rub, but once in a while enjoy a good sauce.
42 posted on 03/02/2006 8:06:32 AM PST by P.O.E.
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To: Sax

Oh yeah for ribs, my buddy whose family came from West Virginia gave me this. I don't even use reqular BBQ sauce on ribs anymore.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Brown Sugar
Old Bay

You've got to use a lot of the sugar and Old Bay, enough so it's heavy to stir, but definitely not sludgy. Heat in the microwave for a minute and apply in layers during the last 30 minutes of cooking (too much earlier and it will burn to the outside of the ribs) The more you apply the stickier your ribs will be of course.


43 posted on 03/02/2006 8:06:39 AM PST by Sax
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To: tigtog
When you order a plate also order a "Cheerwine" to go with it.

Cheerwine with BBQ?!? Yech. That's like drinking a Tab with a Moonpie. There are only two drinks that go with BBQ. Sundrop (preferred) or sweet tea if the restaurant and any corner store within a 2 mile radius has run out of Sundrop. But never, never Cheerwine.

Matter of fact I can't think of one good use for Cheerwine.. :) (lifelong Sundrop drinker, the Western North Carolina creation)

44 posted on 03/02/2006 8:06:41 AM PST by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: stainlessbanner
Most experts agree that the practice of adding sauce and spices to meat and fish began early in our history, with Native Americans teaching the art to early European settlers.

Wait, what? Is this guy high, or just stupid? The frickin' Romans were saucing their meat (primarily to hide the flavor of meat that was a bit less than fresh) way back in the day, and Europeans were fighting wars over spice routes since before they ever set foot on American shores. Hell, the entire purpose of Columbus's expedition was to find a faster route to the Orient. Why? Spices. Sheesh.

45 posted on 03/02/2006 8:06:52 AM PST by Politicalities (http://www.politicalities.com)
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To: Publius6961
Absolutely NO molasses. This is a no-no.

The mustard base is good, and vinegar base is respectable.

There's a store bought barbecue sauce my family likes: Stubbs Moppin' Sauce. It's mustard base.
46 posted on 03/02/2006 8:06:55 AM PST by peacebaby (The wicked games people play.)
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To: AppyPappy

"Even Stamey's in Greensboro is better that anything in Lexington.
"

Stamey's isn't so bad, really. I've always enjoyed eating there when in G'boro.


47 posted on 03/02/2006 8:06:55 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: stainlessbanner

'Most experts agree that the practice of adding sauce and spices to meat and fish began early in our history, with Native Americans teaching the art to early European settlers."

Excuse me but these experts are idiots - the Egyptians used sauces for ccoking as did the Romans as did almost every culture since the existance of man.

The pilgrams had a long history of cooking with sauces in England as well.


48 posted on 03/02/2006 8:07:09 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: stainlessbanner; glock rocks; NormsRevenge; tubebender
Daily India?

What up wit dat?

Whatever - been too long since we had a real good bbq thread. Let's go!

49 posted on 03/02/2006 8:09:04 AM PST by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing. Become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: stainlessbanner
I make my own.

Tomato sauce,molasses,melted butter,dollop of mustard, paprika, a lil red pepper, salt, garlic powder,fresh ground black pepper, and lemon juice.
50 posted on 03/02/2006 8:09:42 AM PST by Beagle8U (An "Earth First" kinda guy ( when we finish logging here, we'll start on the other planets.)
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