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Old 07-29-2011, 08:47 AM   #5
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small65 said it: BALANCE! Far too much competition barbeque gets over-sauced and/or over-smoked. Great barbeque has a wonderful, critical balance of the meat flavor itself, plus the spicing (rubs, injections, mops, sauces) with no one of these being the dominant flavor. That creates interest and really tickles the tastebuds.

As to appearance, uniformity and appeal rule. Food is more appealing to the palate if it is moist. Thus, sauce, glaze or even a spritz of water or juice can "goose up" this aspect. Sauce is great stuff, but it isn't the only stuff.
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