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DIY BBQ SAUCE GUIDE FROM DANIELLE DIMOVSKI
By Kevin Sandridge
I was looking through my Google Plus stream the other day and saw that Danielle Dimovski (AKA BBQ Diva)
had posted a nice little article on the Char-Broil “Live” website regarding DIY BBQ Sauce. As I posted on a BBQ
Sauce making class just the other day, I thought I’d chime in on this post as well. You can find the original article
DIY BBQ Sauce Guide From Char-Broil
In this post, Danielle does a great job of summarizing the most common regional sauce varieties:
Kansas City Sweet – sweet ketchup and sugar based sauce
Alabama White – a lesser known tangy mayonnaise based sauce
Carolina Style – which ranges from vinegar based to mustard based and a touch of tomato based as
She also advises that “Tennessee is abundant with many tomato and ketchup-based sauces, but there are
pockets where thin vinegar sauces can be found. Whiskey is a popular additive to many sauces in this state.”
And that “In Texas, beef is king and sauce is used sparingly. Mops are sometimes used for meats cooked in
large open pits and can be comprised of Worcestershire, steak sauce and beefy stocks.”
But the BEST part of this post is that Danielle offers up recipes for several of these sauce styles - including a
great Canadian Maple Bourbon one – that you can use to get a feel for each of these sauces right in your own
So definitely head over to the article to grab hold of these BBQ Sauce recipes. The following are some other DIY
BBQ Sauce resources you may find useful.
DIY BBQ Sauce Resources
Texas Style BBQ Sauce – Aaron Franklin of Franklin BBQ
Like most Texans, Aaron believes sauce should be used to cover up less than stellar BBQ. But, as he says… “If
you’re one of *those* who like sauce, learn this basic Texas recipe to serve alongside your meat.” This video is an
excerpt from BBQ with Franklin: The Payoff – which is a great video tutorial on cooking authentic Texas Style
8 Must Try Regional BBQ Sauces
If you’ve read even just a few books on BBQ, you’ve likely come across and found useful Steven Raichlen’s
book The Barbecue! Bible. As we see in Danielle’s article, Steven covers various regional BBQ sauce styles.
A few years ago, I was discussing barbecue with uber chef Thomas Keller
of French Laundry and Per Se fame. “Where I come from,” he said, “the sauce is
the barbecue.” Sorry, Chef, but in this barbecue community a lot of folks would
beg to differ. For most smoke fanatics, barbecue is the long, slow, smoky cooking
of meat in a pit and the sauce is a supporting player.
But supporting actors play a major roll, too. (Just watch the Oscars.) As you
travel America’s barbecue trail, you’ll find some pretty formidable sauces. This
lip-licking road trip across 7 states highlights 8 must-try regional barbecue
sauces. And you can find more from across the U.S. in my book, Barbecue! Bible
Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades.
You can find the article here, with lots of links to other articles by Steven and some outside website resources as
Paul Kirk’s Championship Barbecue Sauces
Easily one of the most recognizable names in BBQ, Paul Kirk’s book on BBQ Sauces is a great resource for
anyone looking get started with DIY BBQ Sauce making.
It’s easy for any backyard chef to serve up tantalizing food from the grill! Paul
Kirk offers 175 winning recipes that impart bold, zesty flavor to every cut of meat.
Kirk covers the classic American sauces—with tomatoes, mustard, sugar, or
vinegar at their base—and offers up a wealth of fresh and creative brews flavored
with such things as raspberries, pineapple, ginger, chili peppers, and more.
Approachable and easy to follow, the BBQ sauce recipes in this book will surely make you the hit of your next
backyard BBQ and may even put you on the road to crafting a new BBQ sauce of your very own design!
I hope you find these DIY BBQ Sauce resources useful. If so, please share this post using the social
media share buttons you see here. I’ll surely appreciate it! And, as always — leave a comment
below to say hi or share a DIY BBQ Sauce recipe of your own!
TAGS: AARON FRANKLIN, BBQ, BBQ DIVA, DANIELLE DIMOVSKI, DIY BBQ SAUCE, FRANKLIN BBQ, PAUL KIRK, STEVEN RAICHLEN
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