First time trying to make a sauce

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by jefmker, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. jefmker

    jefmker Fire Starter

    I've been smoking for a few years and have done some BBQ competitions the last few years as well.  Unfortunately for someone who doesn't think you should use BBQ sauce, it makes it a bit difficult when doing competitions in KC because all the judges want BBQ sauce on everything.  I don't like the idea of using store bought BBQ sauce, I kind of think it's cheating, so I thought I would try and make my own.

    I'm looking to make two kinds of sauces, a sweet & smoky sauce and a more tangy sauce.  If anyone has any ideas on how to make these types of sauces I would appreciate it.
  2. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  3. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Two things you can try-

    First take the recipe here and substitute 1/2 cup apple juice for the 1/2 cup of water, add 2 tablespoons more of apple cider vinegar and at least another 1/4 cup of brown sugar. For a bit of heat add a 1/2 teaspoon(or to your taste) of cayenne pepper.

    The second is to buy an 18oz bottle of Cattlemen's Classic and add 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon, more or less, of Louisiana style hot sauce and simmer for 20 min.
  4. gunner69

    gunner69 Meat Mopper

    I'm gonna toot my own horn here...

    I've been working on perfecting my Cherry/Chipotle Sauce and just finished what myself and everybody that has been my guinea pigs think is the best version yet... Recipe is pretty simple.... I usually double the basic recipe and adjust by taste rather than measure so all amounts are fairly aproximate and not hard and fast...

    1 can Dark Sweet Cherries... I squish them between my fingers to ensure all the pits are removed. (wear gloves or yoru gonna end up with purple hands.

    2 Chipotles in Adobo (Chopped fine)

    1c Brown Sugar

    1/4c honey

    1/2 stick butter

    1/2 tsp Thyme (watch this it can over power the sauce very easily)

    1 Tbsp Chilli Flake

    1Tbs SW seasoning... Its got Cumin, Oregano, and some other stuff in it. I'll see if I can find the exact recipe again and post that up later

    1 1/2c Ketchup

    couple liberal dashes of Worsister (sp)

    1/2 tsp Liquid smoke... be careful with this anymore and it can over power everything else

    Salt and Pepper to taste

    This sauce goes phenominal with Pork both ribs and pulled... can be swapped out with raspberries for use with chicken, still trying to find a fruit that matches well with beef but the base recipe would remain the same.

    Combine in a sauce pan and simmer for about 1/2hour

    Toss into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth....  This is where you find out if you checked the "pitted" cherries well enough prior to cooking.
  5. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Sounds darn good, you should make it a wiki.
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2010
  6. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    the cattlemans one sounds good as thats my favorite store bought sauce, i will have to try that one thanks.
  7. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I agree with what Meateater suggested, Gunner. That's a darn fine sauce recipe ya got, and it's kind of you to share it with the group!

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