Sauce ideas

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by ihdiesel73l, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. ihdiesel73l

    ihdiesel73l Newbie

    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
    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)
    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 well-fire away!
  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My suggestion would be to go to the Sauces section and read thru a bunch of recipes until you find one that sounds good and try it. There are too many good ones in there to reinvent the wheel
    Good luck
  3. scpatterson

    scpatterson Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  4. 5lakes

    5lakes Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member


    I'm not sure of the quantities, but...

    Since you have honey and brown sugar on your list, I'd drop the white sugar. Go with dark brown sugar. You could try a batch and add/subtract.

    Make sure you use kosher salt rather than table salt. Table salt is iodized, kosher salt is not.

    As a personal preference, I'd use Southern Comfort rather than Jack Daniels.

    You could also think about a mild molasses rather than ditching it and using honey.

    Just some ideas...[​IMG]
  5. smokin leo

    smokin leo Meat Mopper

    if u like a little heat add sum cayenne pepper
    i do in sumtimes depending on whos eatin

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