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5 Popular Regional BBQ Sauces – to make at home

5 Popular Regional BBQ Sauces – to make at home Free Cooking and BBQ Magazine

The Southern States of America have become synonymous with Barbecue – each with its own Popular Regional BBQ Sauces.

We all have our favorite BBQ sauce recipe and many different varieties can be found bottled on the supermarket shelves. Its time to take a closer look at different types of Barbecue Sauce that are prevalent in each BBQ Region.

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Barbecue sauces can be broadly divided into the dominant flavor provided by a base of Vinegar, Mustard, Light /Heavy Tomato, and/or Mayonnaise. Of course, within each of these broad styles is adaptions and additional personal touches which make a homemade barbecue sauce unique.

Let’s break the sauces down and highlight the popular sauces and regions. Each type is accompanied with a recipe so that you can experiment at home and branch out from your “usual” If you are really short of time have a look at a few Supermarket BBQ Sauces we reviewed.https://pitmasterandthecook.com/top-5-best-supermarket-bbq-sauces-2/38529/

5 Popular Regional BBQ Sauces – to make at home Free Cooking and BBQ Magazine

Popular Regional BBQ Sauces – get the recipes for 5 regional BBQ sauces which are as varied as delicious. Easy to make at home.

Vinegar Based Barbecue Sauce – North East Carolina

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This style of sauce can be traced back for centuries and is probably considered to be the original sauce which was and still today pairs well with whole hog barbecues.

Unlike many popular tomato based barbecue sauce, this type relies on a tart combination of vinegar ( often cider vinegar) and spices that have been added such as cayenne, black pepper, red pepper, a hot sauce base, and water. Apparently, some of the original recipes even include local variants like oysters.

Variants within this style of sauce include a taste of ketchup and this is often added to the Western Carolina style sauce. ( Lexington Dip). This sauce is perfect served with Barbecued Pork whether a pulled pork shoulder or pork ribs.

Ingredients

  • 24 fl oz (3 Cups ) of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 8 fl oz (1 Cup) of Soft Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of Hot Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of Red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of salt

Method

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat until both the sugar and salt have completely dissolved.

Can be served hot or cold.

BBQ Vinegar Based Sauce Northeast Carolina

Prep Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • Ingredients
  • 24 fl oz 3 Cups of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 8 fl oz 1 Cup of Soft Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of Hot Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of Red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of salt

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat until both the sugar and salt have completely dissolved.
  • Can be served hot or cold.

 

 

Tomato-Based – Kansas Style BBQ Sauce

This sweet tomato tangy sauce is the widest known barbecue sauce. It is the type that will be found widely in supermarkets and Delis as well as served at many fast food outlets.

Ketchup and Molasses give it a sweet heavy consistency. This sauce pairs with just about anything. However, a generous portion of this barbecue sauce basted over Burnt ends or Tender smoked beef cannot be beaten!

Ingredients

 

  • 2 cups of quality Ketchup
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 Tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar ( dark)
  • 1/3 rd cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 rd cup of molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of yellow mustardli>
  • 1 Teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper

Method

In a saucepan melt the butter. Add the onion and cook until soft. Add the garlic and cook for a further 3 minutes.

Add the rest of the ingredients bringing to the boil.

Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.

Once cooled blend to a smooth consistency

Refrigerate.

Tomato-based BBQ Sauce - Kansas Style

Prep Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • Ingredients
  • 2 cups of quality Ketchup
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 Tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar dark
  • 1/3 rd cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 rd cup of molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of yellow mustard
  • 1 Teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • In a saucepan melt the butter. Add the onion and cook until soft. Add the garlic and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients bringing to the boil.
  • Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Once cooled blend to a smooth consistency
  • Refrigerate.

Tomato-Based – Texas Barbecue Mop Sauce

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This is a thin barbecue sauce which is normally used as a baste when barbecuing. For this reason, it is often referred to as a “Mop” sauce.

It provides a delicious glaze for meat in particular brisket and adds extra flavor and moisture whilst cooking.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups of ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed red chili flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped cilantro ( optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoons anise seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 minced cloves of garlic

Method

In a blender puree the vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire, Cilantro, salt, anise, cumin, and garlic.

Once blended pour into a saucepan adding the ketchup.

Stir frequently cook over medium heat until thickened. ( 30 minutes)

Allow to cool and refrigerate.

Apply the sauce as a baste using a good old fashioned “rag mop”

Tomato-Based BBQ sauce- Texas Mop

Prep Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups of ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed red chili flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped cilantro optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoons anise seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 minced cloves of garlic

Instructions

  • In a blender puree the vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire, Cilantro, salt, anise, cumin, and garlic.
  • Once blended pour into a saucepan adding the ketchup.
  • Stir frequently cook over medium heat until thickened. ( 30 minutes)
  • Allow to cool and refrigerate.
  • Apply the sauce as a baste using a good old fashioned “rag mop”

 

White Sauce – Alabama Style

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This is a thin mayo-based white Barbecue sauce. Added flavors of pepper and lemon give a slight tartness whilst the addition of apple juice adds a sweet finish.

This sauce is usually served with chicken or turkey and even pork.

It is certainly different but has a strong following. This recipe is created by Chris Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons of water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of hot sauce

Method

Stir together mayonnaise, vinegar, water, Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and hot sauce in a small bowl. Serve immediately or chilled. Refrigerate up to 3 days

Mayo Based BBQ Sauce - A white Alabama Sauce

Prep Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons of water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of hot sauce

Instructions

  • Stir together mayonnaise, vinegar, water, Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and hot sauce in a small bowl. Serve immediately or chilled. Refrigerate up to 3 days

 

These Five Sauce Recipes are considered the Basic Styles of BBQ Sauce. Of course, each can be modified for your personal tastes. However, there is one fact that cannot be desputed and that is your Homemade Barbecue Sauce is bound to taste better than a shop-bought variety!

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Hi, I am a writer based outside Cape Town in South Africa. I come from a Barbecue obsessed family. With the great weather we have in Cape Town ( most of the year) we enjoy Cooking Outside in our Backyard as often as possible. South African's love to "Braai" anything! The trick to continuing to enjoy Barbecuing is loving the old favorites but experimenting with new foods and methods often.

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