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Could use some help....sauce problems

post #1 of 4
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I made this BBQ sauce to go with my Ribs and Chicken.  I'm going to be brushing it on the ribs right before I take them off the smoker tomorrow and planned to use it as a sauce to add on the side.


  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar  I cut this down to 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar.
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons molasses  I doubled the molasses
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar  I doubled the brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon mild chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (optional)


I was looking for a sweet, smoky sauce like Sonny's sweet sauce or Sweet Baby Rays.  What I ended up with was a cross between the Carolina Vinegar Sauce and Sweet Baby Rays.


It is just too vinegar-y for me.   Is there anything that I can cut into it to get rid of that vinegar taste?



post #2 of 4

Maybe you could boil it for a while and see if the vinegar will evaporate? I don't know just a thought. Try adding a very small amount of baking soda, I seem to remember hearing that this will cut vinegar once. If that dosn't work, I think all you can really do is add more sugar to try and mask it. Next time try using lemon juice as a souring agent instead of vinegar. Hope this helps! 


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Thanks!  I appreciate the ideas.

post #4 of 4

Try making your recipe, as written, only try with just a tablespoon of vinegar. The ratio of 2:1 is way too much vinegar for a sweet Memphis style sauce. Remember, there is already vinegar in the ketchup, and many store bought sweet style sauces don't use a whole lot more than what's already there.

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