Barbecue sauce

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Barbecue sauce is a condiment with deep roots in American cuisine, particularly associated with the style of cooking known as barbecue, which involves slow-cooking meat over indirect heat. The origins of barbecue sauce can be traced back to the early settlements in America, where cooks began experimenting with various ingredients like vinegar, tomatoes, and spices to enhance the flavor of grilled and smoked meats. Today, barbecue sauce has evolved into a myriad of regional variations across the United States, each with its own unique blend of sweetness, acidity, and spice. It’s commonly used as a marinade, a basting sauce during cooking, and a topping for meats such as pork ribs, chicken, and beef brisket, as well as a flavorful addition to burgers and sandwiches.

Serves: +10
  • Tomato ketchup 240 g
  • Apple cider vinegar 60 g
  • Brown sugar 100 g
  • Honey 50 g
  • Worcestershire sauce 20 g
  • Smoked paprika 5 g
  • Garlic powder 5 g
  • Onion powder 5 g
  • Mustard powder 5 g
  • Cayenne pepper 1 g
  • Salt 5 g
  • Black pepper 2 g
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  • In a medium-sized saucepan, combine all the ingredients – ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, honey, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, mustard powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  • Place the saucepan over low to medium heat. Stir the mixture well to ensure all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Bring the sauce to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking and burning.
  • Continue to simmer the sauce for about 20-30 minutes, or until it reaches your desired thickness. Remember, the sauce will thicken further as it cools.
  • Taste the barbecue sauce and adjust the seasoning if necessary. If you prefer a sweeter sauce, add a bit more honey or brown sugar. For more heat, a pinch more cayenne pepper can be added.
  • Once the sauce has thickened to your liking, remove it from the heat and let it cool. The sauce can then be used immediately as a marinade, for basting, or as a topping for your favorite barbecue dishes.

Storage Tips

Barbecue sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. For longer storage, it can be frozen in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before using.

Useful Properties of the Main Ingredient

Tomatoes, the base ingredient in most barbecue sauces through ketchup, are rich in vitamins C and K, potassium, folate, and antioxidants, particularly lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.

Interesting Facts about the Sauce

  • The earliest recorded barbecue sauces were simple vinegar and pepper mixtures, evolving over time with the addition of tomatoes and sugar.
  • Barbecue sauce is a prime example of regional culinary diversity in the United States, with variations including Kansas City-style (thick and sweet), Carolina-style (vinegar-based), and Texas-style (spicy and tomato-based).
  • The popularity of barbecue sauce has spread globally, with many cultures adopting and adapting the sauce to local tastes and ingredients, demonstrating its versatility and universal appeal.

This homemade barbecue sauce recipe provides a perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and spicy flavors, making it an ideal companion for a wide range of grilled and smoked dishes. Its rich history and versatility have made barbecue sauce a beloved condiment worldwide.

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