Friday, July 6, 2012

The Supreme Plate: Homemade BBQ Sauce

Barbecue sauces for the most part are all about a healthy balance: if you desire a sweet sauce, but hate overly sweet foods, off-set it with a bit of lemon or lime juice or take the heat factor up a few levels by adding some spice to the mix.
To be openly honest, the amount of ways a sauce can be incorporated into becoming your own are limitless. Please don’t think that this recipe is the only way to make your own sauce. Start with this as your base and work up your own formula that everyone will come to know as your own signature sauce. Every so often, we will add a dash (literally) of Glazed Pecans that have been ground up into our sauce, to give it a rich nutty flavor. Like we always say, Enjoy cooking this recipe and making it your own, heck if you come up with something you think we should try, send us an email and let us know how you did it, we’d love to hear from our readers.

4 cloves garlic, peeled
¼ tsp Kosher salt, plus a generous pinch for the garlic
3 cups cola (Pepsi works best for us)
1 ½ cups ketchup
¼ cup cider vinegar
2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 slightly heaping tablespoon chili powder
½ tsp Sriracha Sauce

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus additional for seasoning
½ tsp hot sauce, plus additional for seasoning
¼ tsp ground allspice
1 ½ TBS freshly squeezed lime juice

Smash the garlic cloves, sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt, and, with the flat side of a large knife, mash and smear mixture to a coarse paste.
Stir garlic paste, the ¼ tsp salt, cola, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire, chili powder, 1 tsp black pepper, ½ tsp hot sauce, and allspice together in a small saucepan.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until thickened, about 45 minutes.
Allow to cool slightly, stir in the lime juice, and season with black pepper and hot sauce, to taste.

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