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BayoustateBBQ 02-14-2013 12:00 PM

What qualities do you like in your sauce?
Ok, I'm close to perfecting my sauce. In the south we like vinegar base with a slight kick. Some like slightly sweet with a slight kick.

What qualities do you think make a good sauce?

If you make your own is there any certain ingredient you add that you think makes a difference?

landarc 02-14-2013 12:19 PM

Oh boy, what a broad question.

For competition/showing off...I want a sauce with a lot of shine, low build-up, clean almost faint flavor. On the sweet side.

For eating...I prefer a thinner sauce, not vinegar, but, thinner, so it soaks the meat, not coats it. I tend to use it as a dip, so thick and cold ends up yucky. I want it to be balances, with a complex flavor, sweet & sour really, the salt and pepper are on the meat.

BBQdisciple 02-14-2013 12:24 PM

I grew up on East Carolina vinegar and pepper sauce. Recently I started experimenting with that SC mustard style. That is becoming a quick favorite among my bbq guests and myself.

I have made 3 variations, the most recent was real sweet at first, almost like a honey mustard (I used honey in the sauce as well as brown sugar), then the vinegar and pepper hit.

Can't go wrong with "sweet then heat."

Bludawg 02-14-2013 12:47 PM

I want it thin with a little cling, transparent and balanced, a little sweet a little tart, a little spicy and enough salt to pull it together. I don't so much want to taste the sauce. BBQ aint sauce rather it is well cooked smoky meat the sauce should take the meat to another level with out covering up the delicate side of it.

This is about My favorite sauce on everything except PP then I'm a E NC addict.

Texas Red Sauce

This is a thin sauce, very
basic and good on all

1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 cup ketchup
1 cup water
6 Tbl white sugar
2 Tsp salt
2 Tsp chili powder (Guajillo powder, chile d'arbol powder
and ground cumin)
1tsp back pepper
1tbl New mexico chili powder
1 tbl paprika
2 tsp Cholula hot sauce

In a microwavable bowl or large measuring cup combine vinegar, water, sugar and spices.
Heat on high 1 min stir to dissolve sugar allow to cool 20 min. stir in ketchup and bottle.
Allow to sit at least 4 hrs or overnight.

SirPorkaLot 02-14-2013 01:20 PM


Originally Posted by BayoustateBBQ (Post 2367619)

What qualities do you think make a good sauce?

Invisible with zero added flavor!


deguerre 02-14-2013 01:23 PM

My absolute favorite has 4 ingredients. Vinegar, cayenne, salt and lemon. Been having that with pulled pork ever since I grew teeth.

smokeisgood 02-14-2013 01:32 PM

It has to have some bite...

Bonewagon 02-14-2013 03:12 PM

A little heat and a little sweet.

Lake Dogs 02-14-2013 04:57 PM

Balanced, but with a slight peppery bite, and thin so that it doesnt engulf, overpower, and mask the flavor of the meat, and with ZERO smoke flavoring, because IMHO BBQ already has smoke flavor in/on it, the sauce should compliment that.

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captndan 02-15-2013 09:46 AM

Like they said KISS.

BobBrisket 02-15-2013 09:55 AM

Kinda depends. I don't use sauce often, but for chicken, sweet and thick sauce. Ribs, thinner and with more heat. Brisket, I like a sauce on the tangy, black peppery side.

jmoney7269 02-15-2013 10:57 AM

Complexity! A sauce that when you dip your food in it, it complements it but the spices and ingredients used hit all the taste buds of the palette.
It took me 3 years to perfect the ingredients of my sauce. Don't Ask me why, but sauce comes out better IMO if made in 1 gallon quantities rather than quarts cooked in a slow cooker for 6-8 hrs on low then allowed to come to room temp before refrigerating.

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