I'm just getting into all of this having just purchased my first smoker last weekend (yard sale Brinkmann Gourmet electric) and joining SMF only recently. My first attempt will be to tackle a Boston Butt and I'd like to come up with a sauce. I went through a couple of bottles of BBQ sauce we had laying around (Stubb's and Jack Daniel's) and compared ingredients. Here are the "common thread" ingredients that all three sauces (one variety of Stubb's and two varieties of Jack Daniel's) had: Tomato paste Corn syrup Distilled white vinegar Molasses Salt Corn starch Brown sugar Mustard flour Onion powder Chili powder Between the three there were some oddballs: Whiskey flavoring (JD) Tapioca (S) Habanero peppers (S) Honey (JD) Chipotle powder (S) Tamarind (S) My thought was to create a sauce for pork and poultry using the following ingredients based on the previous lists. The above sauces are in line with my taste, but I'd like to come up with my own for a little twist: Crushed tomatos/tomato paste White sugar (in place of corn syrup) Apple cider vinegar (in place of white vinegar) Honey (in place of molasses) Salt Brown sugar Spicy brown mustard (in place of mustard flower) Diced onions (in place of onion powder) Diced garlic (in place of garlc powder) Jack Daniel's whiskey Adobo sauce Suggestions on spices? I'm looking for some advice on how to combine it all etc...as well-fire away!