Saturday, March 21, 2009

Deep South Dish Signature Barbecue Sauce

Like all regions of The South, we also have our own style of barbecue sauce, and here in the Deep South it's spicy sweet! Homemade is just so easy y'all, really it is! Give it a try and make this your signature sauce too.

Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce

This is my personal homemade signature recipe for a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce. When I created it, I was trying to duplicate the flavor of a very popular barbecue joint here on the coast. There are a lot of commercial barbecue sauces on the market today - some good, some fantastic - and I can tell you how to dress up the less expensive stuff, but... if you really want to bump up your barbecue, you really can't beat a good homemade sauce.

My recipe uses some chili sauce, and just in case you don't know, chili sauce has nothing to do with "chili" as in chili with or without beans! It's actually a ketchup based sauce that looks like this - sort of a seasoned ketchup if you will. If you don't have any on hand, I made up a homemade version once when I ran out. You'll find that here.

Heinz Chili Sauce is a tomato based product, containing tomato puree, onion, garlic and other seasonings

This one has the favored combination of spicy sweet that we love down here on The Coast, and you can see this sauce in action on some yummy ribs here and here, and if you like a dry rub rib but still want to offer sauce at the table for folks like me, this would be a great addition to the Memphis style Southern dry rub ribs.

Just don't have the time to do a homemade barbecue sauce? Be sure to have a peek at that cool way to dress up store-bought sauce, a trick I use a lot when you can find those inexpensive sauces on sale.

Recipe: Deep South Dish Signature Barbecue Sauce

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min | Yield: About 1-1/2 cups

  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle of chili sauce (Heinz preferred), or equivalent homemade
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup of ketchup
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 10 turns of the pepper grinder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Creole or Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama), or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon of onion salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon of hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Kitchen Bouquet
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Liquid Smoke
  • 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of pure cane syrup (like Steen's)

Whisk together all of the ingredients.

Cook's Notes: This makes about 1-1/2 cups of sauce, so increase ingredients as needed. Add two tablespoons to 1/4 cup of Maker's Mark or Jack Daniels, for variety. May also substitute pure maple syrup, sorghum syrup, or molasses, loosened with a bit of corn syrup in place of the cane syrup. A small can of tomato sauce, additional ketchup or a combination of the two may be substituted for the chili sauce.


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