Could use some help....sauce problems

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by newarcher, May 11, 2013.

  1. newarcher

    newarcher Fire Starter

    I made this BBQ sauce to go with my Ribs and Chicken.  I'm going to be brushing it on the ribs right before I take them off the smoker tomorrow and planned to use it as a sauce to add on the side.
    • 1 cup apple cider vinegar   I cut this down to 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar.
    • 1 cup ketchup
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
    • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 2 tablespoons molasses   I doubled the molasses
    • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar   I doubled the brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tablespoon paprika
    • 1 tablespoon mild chili powder
    • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
    • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
    I was looking for a sweet, smoky sauce like Sonny's sweet sauce or Sweet Baby Rays.  What I ended up with was a cross between the Carolina Vinegar Sauce and Sweet Baby Rays.

    It is just too vinegar-y for me.   Is there anything that I can cut into it to get rid of that vinegar taste?

  2. nedtorious

    nedtorious Smoke Blower

    Maybe you could boil it for a while and see if the vinegar will evaporate? I don't know just a thought. Try adding a very small amount of baking soda, I seem to remember hearing that this will cut vinegar once. If that dosn't work, I think all you can really do is add more sugar to try and mask it. Next time try using lemon juice as a souring agent instead of vinegar. Hope this helps! 

  3. newarcher

    newarcher Fire Starter

    Thanks!  I appreciate the ideas.
  4. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Try making your recipe, as written, only try with just a tablespoon of vinegar. The ratio of 2:1 is way too much vinegar for a sweet Memphis style sauce. Remember, there is already vinegar in the ketchup, and many store bought sweet style sauces don't use a whole lot more than what's already there.

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