Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Barbecue: It's not my skill, it's my SUPERPOWER!

Yesterday was 80 degrees....it was a fabulous day that whispered summer. Only whispered, because today it is only going to be in the low 60's and it will rain for the next couple of days. When the weather starts to warm up so much, the air outside doesn't just smell like clipped grass and flowers, but, the unmistakable smell of barbecue fills the air. So I thought I might give you some grilling tips and a fabulous BBQ sauce recipe.
Barbecue sauce might just be one of the most mis understood items used in grilling. Tomatoes and sugar, which are the base of most sauces, both have low burning temperatures. I get annoyed, when I go to my favorite meat market, and they have pork ribs soaking in barbecue sauce, for customers to purchase and grill. A lot of people, might believe these are grill ready, and that the sauce may make the meat moist and tender. Unfortunately, a crust of tomatoes and sugar get charred on the meat, and the meat dried out or gets tough. A lot of people lose their BBQ mojo by using this technique. Those ribs should only be slow cooked at a low temperature if you want to marinate them in sauce.
The deal is, you should baste the meat, just before removing from the grill for 15-20 minutes and while the temperature is reduced. This sets up a nice tender surface and prevents the sauce from being burned. If you feel that the meat needs a deeper and more intense flavor, you might want to apply a rub before grilling. In the near future, I will offer up more BBQ info as well as recipes for rubs, marinades, and mop sauces.
In the meantime, you have got to try this easy sauce. The sugar base is root beer, which also makes a nice, dark sauce. but I need to offer a warning: Once you start making your own BBQ sauce, you will be unable to seriously entertain the idea of purchasing store bought products anymore. It is so easy to make your own, and others will demand that you do! So, good luck and enjoy!


2 cups root beer
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
zest of one lemon
1/2 teaspoon ground fresh ginger
1 clove of garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried onion

Combine all ingredients in heavy medium saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 30 minutes. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Cool slightly. Transfer to bowl. Cover and refrigerate.


bonnie said...

omg goodness root beer sauce...I love this..printing out for hubby he will love this...yum bbq


alicia said...

Gonna have to try this. Thanks for the tips.

The Diva on a Diet said...

Holy cow this looks good! I have made my own bbq sauce before, but never with root beer. What a great idea! So trying this recipe this summer. Thank you!

The Lonely Radish said...

I am going to have a root beer overload barbecue. One of my favorite baked beans to make are root beer baked beans.They need to meet:)

Anonymous said...

Do you use any specific brand of Root Beer?

Sara said...

Melinda-no need to be snooty with the rooty, but I do tend to buy A&W more often.
Bonnie- it is definitely a man pleaser
Alicia-thanks for stopping by. You're welcome
Diva-The root beer gives it more sugar and a bit more depth (kindof like a bullseye type.
Radish- feel free to share that recipe for beans anytime ;)

Unknown said...

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