In Texas, barbecue is practically a food group, but no matter where you live, summertime and barbecue go hand in hand. Of course, where there is barbecue, there must be sauce! Different regions of the country have decidedly distinct takes on which ingredients constitute the best barbecue sauce, and this Texas girl does favor a bit more sweetness than a true Texas barbecue sauce would probably dictate. So after a lot of experimenting and tweaking, I finally came up with a recipe that exemplifies my idea of a perfectly balanced barbecue sauce.
This versatile sauce is slightly sweet, slightly smoky, and slightly spicy, making it mouthwatering on everything from brisket to ribs to chicken to pulled pork. But the best thing about it is that you can adjust it to your taste just as easily as I did to mine. How strong is your sweet tooth? Increase or decrease the brown sugar and honey accordingly. Do you gravitate towards a smoky sauce? Tweak the amount of smoked paprika, or substitute regular paprika in its place if you don’t care for the taste of smoke. In the same way, you can achieve more or less heat by adjusting the cayenne and black pepper.
In addition to being able to create a barbecue sauce that perfectly pleases your palate, you will simultaneously avoid all of the icky ingredients that can be found in the bottled variety. Once you make homemade barbecue sauce yourself and figure out how easy and delicious it is, you’ll never again buy a bottle at the grocery store. Seriously, I could almost eat this stuff with a spoon. It’s that good. So what are you waiting for? Barbecue season is upon us, and the fruits of your grill will thank you for this one.
Adapted from Allrecipes.com
This post is linked to Pin It Monday Hop #14 at Pursuit of Functional Home.