Here’s how easy it is to make your own barbecue sauce
We were thinking what we said about how you should experiment and play until you find the ingredients for your perfect barbecue sauce. But what if you cook This weekend? Here’s a basic recipe you can start with that works pretty well every time.
We’re going to assume you have a basic kitchen with the normal basics and walk you through it step by step. Keep in mind that gravy is not an exact science. Play by ear, make adjustments on the fly, and see what happens. Replace ruthlessly. Give in to inspiration. It’s hard enough to screw up.
For the sweet, let’s use cola. No diet, but you can try the cherry if you have any lying around. Pour about 1/2 cup of this into a saucepan. Don’t drink the rest. We may need it later.
For the spicinesswe will use a combination of balsamic vinegar and yellow mustard, 1/8 cup each. Pour them into the pan.
For the tomato, grab that ketchup from your fridge door. Give the pot 1/4 cup. That’s nine good presses if you don’t feel like measuring.
We will skip the fluid because the cola is quite wet on its own. But keep the box nearby just in case.
For spicy and spicy, let’s keep it simple. Give him four good salt shakes and four good shakes from Tabasco, or Valentina, or Sriracha, or whatever you have in your fridge. If you have liquid smoke, pour in a tablespoon of it, but don’t panic if you don’t. “Real” barbecues consider this cheating, but for beginners it can be a serious help.
Bend it all in a saucepan, put it over medium heat and stir it with a whisk until everything is also smooth, brown and delicious. Cook until it begins to boil, whisking very well almost constantly. Once it boils, lower the heat and let it reduce (remember reducing?).
Stir with a spatula every two minutes until the substance moves like something between maple syrup and honey. If it gets too thick too soon, pour in a little more cola and continue.
Then put that shit on everything. You will surprise your friends, and even yourself, with the miracle you have performed. You’ll never want to step foot in the grocery store sauce aisle again … unless you need a backup to keep in the pantry, just in case you get a little too much. crazy with power.