someone mentions barbecue images comes to the mind like cooking
at the backyard grill, a social gathering, cooking outdoors
and cooking meat slowly over wood and smoke that adds flavor
to the food.
Different cooks have different preferences and style in their
cooking. Some prefer rubbing the seasoning whether wet or
dry prior to cooking and some prefers to soak the meat first
in special marinades that could be sops, mops and finishing.
The preparation and ingredients for marinating may differ
from region to region the preferred wood to be used can also
differ. However, no perfect barbecue will taste as good without
the perfect barbecue sauce.
Barbecue sauces can generally be categorized by what they
are based on. Common examples are tomato, vinegar and mustard
based sauces. To give the barbecue its distinctive taste and
prevent the meat from burning easily, barbecue sauces are
applied to the meat while being cooked with the exemption
of tomato based barbecue sauces as tomato based sauces burns
easier than the other kinds of sauces.
Barbecue sauce preparation can either be sweet, sour, tangy,
spicy, hot, thick or thin. The varieties are almost endless
which makes barbecues popular because anyone can make his
own special preparation depending on taste and anyone can
create his own way of serving the barbecue.
Recipes for barbecues can also be guarded. And good barbecue
sauces can be purchased at almost any store. But the only
perfect barbecue sauce is the one that you can create for
yourself. Remember whatever works for you and your family
can be a great barbecue sauce. So start experimenting that
is the only way to start good cooking.
The basics of Barbecue sauces...
Tomato based barbecue sauce is the most widely used. Some
say that it is the most popular. Its popularity however may
be due to the simplicity of preparation and besides; tomatoes
are ingredients that could easily be found. The point to remember
in preparing tomato-based barbecue sauces is to cook the tomatoes
very well in order for the flavor to blend with the other
Tomato based barbecue sauces are acidic. Because of this,
it has the property to breakdown all the flavor of other ingredients
blending them with its own. But because of its propensity
to burn, limit the usage of tomato based barbecue sauce while
cooking. To make it even more flavorful, prepare tomato barbecue
sauces a day in advance.
Mustard based sauces are preferred in North Carolina. The
mustard based barbecue sauce is great for grilling pork.
Vinegar is great meat tenderizer. It is also more acidic than
tomatoes. Because of its acidic content, vinegar based sauces
has a tendency to penetrate deep into the meat. To make this
barbecue sauce more flavorful, experiment mixing it with chili,
cider vinegar or red pepper, sugar salt and all the other
ingredients that you want it to have.
Barbecue sauces today has different uses departing from its
traditional purpose. It now serves as a condiment that is
present on almost any table like ketchup, salsa, salt, pepper
and Tabasco. However, if experimenting with food is not your
greatest strength, you can always find great sauces in any
store. To make great barbecues, one rule to follow is not
to place too much weight on the "with smoke flavor" label
that many bottled tomato sauces advertise itself. Smoke flavor
is what is barbecuing all about. The flavor has to come from
the wood not the bottle.
Thatcher is a freelance publisher based in Cupertino, California.
He publishes articles and reports in various ezines and provides
information about BBQ sauces on www.about-bbq-sauown
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