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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

BBQ Sauce!

It's that time of year when we clean off the grill and get ready for a summer of cooking out. One thing that I really love to is invite a couple of friends over and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a smoky grill going and a few drinks on our outside deck. Of course to most men this means some type of red meat and beer. I'd have to include myself in that group!

Over the years I've made several trips to various regions of North and South Carolina, and one of the things that I've always enjoyed was the great BBQ. In most regions of the Carolina's the meat of preference is pork, and the BBQ sauce is very thin, clear and vinegar based. The flavor is tremendous, but I never really liked the water like consistency. Here is a great recipe for a Carolina sauce that has been "Yankeed up" with a bit of ketchup to give it a little color, a great consistency and a fabulous flavor! Use this on chicken, or pork including ribs. The great thing about this recipe is that you don't have to even cook it! Enjoy.

1/2 quart apple cider vinegar
10 oz. ketchup
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 pound dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoons red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
In a large container, mix together the apple cider vinegar, ketchup, paprika, brown sugar, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Pour into an empty vinegar bottle, ketchup bottle or other container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.


Pat said...

We are coming to P'burgh with friends the weekend of 4/23 -- taking Amtrak from Philly so that we can enjoy the wonders of the Horseshoe Curve. It will be fun poking through your blog to find some good places to eat, and taking DN (Darling Nephew), the freshman at Duquesne, out for some Auntly/Uncle-ish care & feeding.

We are staying at Marriot City Center, near the Mellon Arena. Any suggestions?

Jake Zigler said...

I love really vinegary sauces so I'll definitely be saving this recipe for when I grill. All I have to grill with is a tiny hibachi-style grill so I have to use the space wisely. It literally can grill about two chicken breasts at a time.