Carolina Red sauce becomes Kentucky Red

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by kybluesmanluvsbbq, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. Recently I tried a simple sauce recipe for "Carolina Red" vinegar-based sauce. The recipe was:

    1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
    1/2 cup ketchup
    1 tbsp sugar
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp finely ground red pepper (cuyanne)

    Just mix and serve at room temperature or chill. Wooohooo that was some vinegary tongue-biting nasty stuff!!!!!!!!!! My mouth puckered for 10 minutes after just a taste. Waaayyyy toooo much vinegar. Still I wanted a really good southern style NON-molasses based sauce so I started tweaking.

    The mix I came up with (Kentucky Red) that everyone we shared it with loved was:

    1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (got rid of a full cup)
    1/2 cup ketchup
    1/2 cup warm water
    4 tbsp brown sugar
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp finely ground red pepper (cuyanne)

    That took most of that vinegar tongue bite out of it, gave it a tad more kick, and tasted really good yet retained that southern style vinegar flavor. We love it! Give it a try. Simple ingredients. Simple to make.

    I also have a fired-up version:

    Same as above except:
    1/2 cup hot and spicy Heinz ketchup instead of regular
    1 heaping tbsp finely ground red pepper instead of 1 tsp.

    This fire-up version is my favorite. Same good flavor, a lot more heat. Give either of these a try and let me know what you think. If you love to have your tongue bitten off then try that original recipe up top (not mine, I take no responsibility for your perma puckered mouth).
  2. rtom

    rtom Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    thanks it looks good, I'm not big on the vinegar either I'll have to give this a try
  3. solar

    solar Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I'm with you, I don't like a really sweet sauce, I like the more red type sauce you have here, I'm going to give it a try. Has anyone tried "Open Pit" BBQ suace? It's a red sauce and by far the cheapest you can buy in the store, it's got a vinegar kick, but it's just right. Pretty much everyone I know likes the sweet stuff, so I make my Bourbon Sauce for them, and cut it down with some Open Pit for me.
  4. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hey KYBlues..welcome to SMF! Be sure to drop us off a Roll Call forum post and introduce yerself proper-like. It's just the polite thing to do when meeting future family, and like them, we're nosy LOL! Enjoy!
  5. smoking gun

    smoking gun Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Thanks for the recipe. I'll add it to my collection. If it's Kentucky style doesn't it need a shot of bourbon in it? J/K . [​IMG]
  6. Yes, for it to be official Kentucky Sauce, it will need Bourbon for sure.

    If any of you all want to know anything about Bourbon - or need a recommendation for a special gift/event, I am a bit of a Bourbon snob and pride myself as being the top Bourbon expert at my house. :) We have or have tried dozens here at the farm.

    If anyone is in the area and wants to pop over for a taste test, call me or email me - we'll treat you right.

    FYI - a good all-around bourbon that is available almost anywhere for drinking, cooking, mixing or sipping is Maker's Mark - not expensive, super high quality and fantastic taste.

    There are others that are great - for sure, but Maker's is hard to beat for a good overall experience. Their distillery tour is fantastic - and close to my place! [​IMG] and they have some good recipes on their website.
    Carmelized bananas with a bourbon splash at the end - whoa.

  7. carpetride

    carpetride Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A gentlemen with taste you must be!

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