There are a few culinary tricks people find incredibly impressive, but are secretly super easy to pull off. One of our favorites? Homemade BBQ Sauce.
BBQ sauce – a sauce of one name, but it could mean almost anything. Sweet, thick Kansas-style sauce; mustardy South Carolina-style sauce; there’s even a white BBQ sauce that hails from Alabama. The way we see it, BBQ sauce really has no rules – which is what makes it such an easy and fun sauce to whip up, especially when you’re feeling creative. We believe there are a few necessary flavors you need to hit for any barbecue sauce needs to be balanced and delicious, but apart from that, you can go wild.
1. Acid. BBQ sauces need to start with an acidic (or tangy) element. This often comes from apple cider vinegar (or other vinegars), mustard, or even sometimes tangy fruit like raspberries.
2. Sweet. Every ingredient you add to BBQ sauce is an opportunity to add depth of flavor, and your source of sugar makes a big impact on that. That’s why for so many classic BBQ sauce recipes, you’ll see molasses, maple syrup or brown sugar instead of plain white sugar. We also love using fruit for an entirely new spectrum of flavor.
3. Heat. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of spicy food, BBQ sauce needs a bit of warmth and spice to give it depth and character. You can reach for just about any hot sauce in your fridge, or turn to dry spices like red pepper flakes, cayenne, mustard powder, or for a milder warmth, you can turn to paprika or chili powder. Freshly chopped peppers or canned chipotle peppers are also a great route to take for a more Southwestern flair.
4. Savory. Like sweet, there are ways to get a savory, umami flavor other than just using salt. Soy sauce, liquid aminos, Worcestershire sauce and more are great ways to add an extra savory kick. You can also add in aromatics such as garlic or onion, then blend the entire sauce together afterward, for a tantalizingly delicious savory flavor.
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