BBQ Sauce

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by tnelson42345, Feb 1, 2008.

  1. tnelson42345

    tnelson42345 Newbie

    I'm about to smoke pulled pork for the first time and would like try my own sauce. I've read a hundred different recipes, but I was wondering what is the basics for most sauces? Some seem to vinegar bases, tomato based, steak sauce??? I'd like to understand the core ingredients so I can play with the flavors, hopefully this makes some sense...
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  3. tnelson42345

    tnelson42345 Newbie

    Thank you! I guess I didn't really know the difference! I just always referred to it as BBQ sauce.
  4. brianj517

    brianj517 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    There are about a gazillion different types of bbq sauce, but for a basic tomato based sauce start with plain old ketchup, brown sugar, molasses or honey and cayenne pepper. From there you can add any and all spices and flavors that suit your own taste.

    If you want a sure fire hit...I highly recommend that you try Jeff's recipe. It is excellent and he's already done the homework! Give it a shot and I promise you it will be well worth it!

  5. smokin for life

    smokin for life Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I agree with Rich, don't put any BBQ sauce on it. On the side. But I also would recomend the finishing sauce. It makes a world of difference.
  6. I second that Brian, Jeffs sauce is where I started. Well worth the money!!
  7. bustedluckbarbq

    bustedluckbarbq Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Rich's advice is good!!! SoFLAQuers finishing sauce is really good.... i use Jeff's BBQ sauce or mine on the sammich... sometimes....
  8. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    I don't use sauce or vinegar sauce. I don't like vinegar.

    I eat it strait out of the pan or make nachos or something.

    pork fat is my sauce!
  9. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What Richtee said.
  10. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    well I don't give up recipes very often, well maybe never, but ya got me on a good night. Wings win again!

    This is the sauce I use for all my pulled pork. I can' beleive I am this weak!

    1 cup water
    1 cup ketchup
    1 cup cider vinegar
    3 TBS granulated sugar
    1 teasp. worchestershire sauc
    1 teasp. kosher salt
    1/2 teasp. dry mustard
    1/2 teasp. ground ceyenne pepper
    1/4 teasp. black pepper
    1/4 teasp. chineese hot sauce/Sriacha
    dash of tobasco

    mix all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil,simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring repeatedly.

    Note: the sriacha is some hot stuff, oriental hot sauce, so be carefull with how much ya put in!

    Sofla's finishing sauce is a must, but when ya wanna put it on a bun, or run it through a dipping sauce, this is the one.[​IMG]
  11. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    I'll have to try that one. maybe I will like it better.[​IMG]

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