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Unread 03-21-2011, 05:29 AM   #1
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Has anyone here ever made their own BBQ sauce that they felt was every bit as good as the best commercial brands, i.e., Smokin' Guns and others?
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I make Dr. BBQ's Big Time BBQ Sauce, with a few tweaks for my personal taste, and feel that it is as good as any commercial sauce that I have ever had.
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Has anyone here ever made their own BBQ sauce that they felt was every bit as good as the best commercial brands, i.e., Smokin' Guns and others?
Every bit as good? Are you serious? What you can make at home is generally much better than what you purchase in a store.
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I seldom buy any sauces. I make almost all of mine, competition or personal. Whole hog cooking is ver popular in my area and people that are good at it usually make their own sauce and take great pride in it. Don't even think about asking for the recipe.
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Yes. FYI there are a few good sauce threads currently active at this time, with recipes, etc. For my part, there's only 1 (and only 1) over the counter commercial sauce that I'd ever use on barbecue, and that's BH Tenn Red. First, I have no need for fake smoke flavoring in a barbecue sauce. It's not really barbecue if you need fake smoke, is it? <rhetorically> Right off then I throw out probably 2/3rds or more of commercial sauces. Second, rarely if ever do the over the counter sauces compliment the meat flavor. Usually they over-power it where you could be eating cardboard and not tell the difference. I want a sauce that's simpler, to some extent lighter, with no smoke flavor in it to conflict with the smoke already in the barbecue. It's RARE that I've found a commercial sauce that can do this.
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I've been making my own BBQ sauce long before I learned how to BBQ. I have one bottle of SBR in my fridge and four bottles of my own. When I have people over to eat I set out a bottle of mine and the bottle of SBR. The bottle of SBR is almost full and all four of mine are almost empty.

I think that says it all.
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By a long shot it's better. Heck you can pick up a bbq book, make a quick sauce and tweak it just a little and it is better....WAY better. I have three sauces I am working these days, one a coffee reduction, another a sweet and smoky and another a cold mix bourbon batch. All three are off the hook good.
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I make my own and also use a few commercially available sauces (the wife has a favorite). I prefer MOST of the sauces that I've made. There've been a few flops lol but I still think that if I can make a sauce to fit my palette then it's superior to what I can buy.
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I prefer my own sauces AND rubs but always have a bottle or two of Williamson Bros. sauce for emergencies.
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I got involved in competitive BBQ because I make my own sauces and rubs. I always thought they were better than the commercial stuff and I wanted to see how they'd stack up against the best out there.

So far, we've won a few awards, but I think that's more a reflection of my skill as a cook than the actual sauce or rubs.

Least, that's what I keep telling myself.
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I'm firmly in the "make your own" camp.
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I'm firmly in the "make your own" camp.
Don't mean to hijack but that is an awesome BBQ team name and logo...wow, very cool.
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By a long shot it's better. Heck you can pick up a bbq book, make a quick sauce and tweak it just a little and it is better....WAY better. I have three sauces I am working these days, one a coffee reduction, another a sweet and smoky and another a cold mix bourbon batch. All three are off the hook good.
^ what he said...+1

(greendrake how about posting that coffee reduction sauce once you get happy with it?)
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I haven't had much success making my own sauces. I don't get a consistency I like. So I usually will doctor up a commercial sauce. Cattleman's is a great base to start with if you want to go that route.
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I like SBR or Cattleman just fine why change.
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