Using the right barbeque sauce on your meat, poultry, or pork can be the difference between a successful grilling experience and a so-so experience. Barbeque sauce provides that extra something to grilled food that makes barbequing such a great taste experience. With the right kind of sauce any dish will be that much tastier.
But what makes a great barbeque sauce?
We are all familiar with the different brands and flavors that line the grocery store shelves, but are they really the best choice for truly great barbeque taste. Judging by the amount of these products sold every year most people are satisfied with what they provide.
What we must realize is that these grocery store bought sauces are watered down versions of the homemade barbeque sauces that made bbq sauce popular in the first place.
The foods you buy at a grocery store have been processed to retain a long shelf life. Many times this is at the expense of more healthy ingredients. In store bought barbeque sauce one of the main ingredients, sugar, has been replaced with high fructose corn syrup which is much cheaper than natural sugar.
High fructose corn sugar is not the most healthy of food additives. It is a low grade sugar substitute that turns almost instantly into fat. Your body does not really metabolize it and has difficulty breaking it down so that when it gets to the liver it has not changed its chemical makeup. This leads to the release of high amounts of insulin which causes the corn sugar to be stored as fat.
If you are concerned about the foods you eat and the affect they have on your health there is an easy way around this problem. Make you own barbeque sauce. All the spices and other ingredients you need are readily available and instead of having to live with high fructose corn syrup you can use natural cane or brown sugar instead.
A basic barbeque consists of small portions of chili powder, black pepper and melted butter. To these you can add tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and onion powder.
Mixing these ingredients together in different amounts and combinations will give you a good base to start with. What gets added to it from here is up to the chef. You can try lemon juice or hickory flavoring or any number of other herbs, spices and flavorings that will make you barbeque something special.
It may take several tries to get your barbeque sauce recipe just right, but that’s part of the fun. Once you have it just the way you like it you will have the type of sauce that other people talk about.