I'm from St. Louis. Because of that I was never really a full-blooded Southerner nor a full-blooded Northerner. I'm having an identity crisis!
For those of you familiar with Maull's barbecue sauce, that St. Louis sauce used to flow through my veins every summer. It's thin, spicy, tomato based sauce with a nice vinegar punch to it.
Since I moved to Iowa over 23 years ago my tastes have changed a bit but not too much.
They've got this barbecue sauce (???) up here that is a super-sweet, super-thick, super-bland something-or-other that tastes like it should be put on pancakes and waffles instead of meat - I.e., it's a tomato syrup IMHO.
K.C. sauces are better but still a bit too sweet and thick for my taste.
The Texas style sauces where the main flavor comes from black pepper is okay but not really my cup of tea.
The thought of a Carolina style sauce sounds good but I can't even find Maull's up here much less something from way over 500 miles away.
What type of sauce would you classify Maull's? It probably defines St. Louis style more than any sauce I can imagine.
What are some good Carolina style sauces and what are some recipes that would be that type of sauce?
Does it sound like I'd like some other types of sauce besides Carolina style?
Help me out here. Except for some good pork, Iowa's food selections are killing me.