Many individuals agree that the sauce on barbecued meat is
like the icing on a cake. Gourmet barbecue sauces, rubs and
marinades are commonly served on (or on the side of) the finished
dish. Barbecue sauces are used to add flavor and sweeten the
meat for a better tasting meal.
types of barbecue sauces available throughout the world are
endless. Barbecue sauces, rubs and marinades are the three
basic methods of seasoning and each brings its own unique
element into the barbecuing experience.
individuals and families swear by barbecue sauce and some
find it impossible to prepare meat without it. Popular types
of BBQ sauce depend highly on the region, since many different
areas have an opinion all their own. Barbecue sauces can are
usually based with vinegar, pepper, tomato or mustard and
can offer either a sweet or spicy taste to the dish. Some
barbecue sauces also use alcohol such as bourbon or zinfandel
to add flavor. Most BBQ sauces use a sweetener such as white
sugar, brown sugar, molasses or maple syrup to add sweetness
to the dish. Sugar burns easily and as a result, it is best
to add the barbecue sauces during the last stage of grilling.
rubs are available in two forms, wet and dry. A dry rub is
often a combination of dry spices and herbs which are spread
over the meat and rubbed into the surface. Wet rubs are simply
dry rubs with a liquid (usually oil) which binds them together.
When cooking for longer periods of time, wet rubs provide
moisture to the meat so the meat does not become burnt or
tough. Wet rubs are usually used on dishes such as fish or
poultry since they do not have as much taste, whereas dry
rubs are better suited for steak and pork. Most rubs contain
paprika, black pepper, ground chili and garlic powder.
are seasonings which contain acidic ingredients such as vinegar,
wine and citrus juice and are used to tenderize the meat.
Marinades can be a combination of herbs, spices and vegetables
and are used to add flavor to the dish. When you soak the
meat into the marinade, the meat absorbs the ingredients and
the result is a more flavorful and tender dish.
meat must soak in the marinade for a good part of the day
or even overnight to ensure it has enough time to absorb its
maximum capacity. Make sure you read the directions prior
to marinating because some foods (like shrimp and fish) can
become mushy and soggy if they are left in too long.
of which form of seasoning you choose, rubs, sauces and marinades
add flavor and tenderness to all forms of meat. So give your
BBQ a gourmet kick and add a gourmet BBQ sauce, rub or marinade
to your next barbecue.
Gene Grohan is a contributing writer for various food related
sites including Barbecues and Grills - a site offering information
about choosing barbecue grills and great BBQ recipes - and
Gourmet Foods 101 - a site offering information about and
gourmet foods, meats and wines including things like gourmet