Friday, August 10, 2007

My favorite BBQ Sauce

In the area of the country where we live, a good BBQ entree just HAS to have sauce. I don't mean to downplay my southern friends with their wonderful rubs and slow cooking. That style BBQ is also incredibly tasty! I just love a good sauce to slather on everything from ribs to boneless, skinless chicken breasts while they are slow cooking on the grill. I can't help it, it's the Midwest Girl in me. I'm not a big fan of bottled sauces but I will use them in a pinch. I prefer to keep all of the ingredients that I need on hand for this tasty, easy to make BBQ sauce. My family loves it!!

KitKat Crew's Favorite BBQ Sauce:

1/2 cup Ketchup
1/3 cup cider vinegar (definitely not white vinegar!!)
1/4 cup molasses
3 tablespoons Dijon Mustard (My preference is Grey Poupon (sp?) Country Style Dijon, but feel free to use your fave.)
1 teaspoon hot sauce (I use Tabasco brand, and more of it. We like heat.)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3 garlic gloves - minced (I use 4 because we love garlic)

Simmer all of the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat until reduced to about 1 1/4 cups, apx. 5 - 7 minutes.

Baste your lovely grilled items with lots of sauce during the last 5 minutes or so. The sugar will burn if you put it on too soon. I always season my meat before grilling with salt, pepper, and my favorite BBQ rubs.

This sauce also makes a great topping for a pulled pork BBQ Sandwich. Yummy!

Unused sauce that you have not dipped your basting brush into can be stored in your refrigerator for about a week. But we rarely have any left.

It is supposed to be hot and sunny here this weekend, so we plan on swimming and grilling all weekend long. :) Hope that you all have a great weekend!


Unashamed said...

mmmm...bbq sauce. I love it sweet and spicy and sticky. Maybe it's guilding the lily, but my favourite way to grill pork is with a rub first and then a sauce towards the end. So good! Enjoy your chillin' and grillin'. Is it a long weekend for you?

kitkat said...

Mmmmmmm yes, rub and sauce is oh so good! Defintitely not guilding the lily - more like taking it to the next level of sweet perfection. :)

Nah, It's not a long weekend. Actually we wont be able to "officially" start it until tomorrow because my hubby has to work late tonight. But we have NOTHING else planned for this weekend so we are a bit excited. We have been running so much this summer that the thought of doing absolutely nothing for two whole days is almost intoxicating. ;)

Anonymous said...

LOL! My hubby (Hunter) makes a homemade sauce quite like yours! I agree. Very tasty! I too LOVE sauces on almost everything. LOL!!

kitkat said...

Hi Lady RFH! I think that this is the Official Midwest Area BBQ Sauce starter recipe. Everyone that I know has their own variation of it! Gotta love the BBQ sauce. In Large amounts. On everything from the grill. Except steaks. But I have a recipe for THAT sauce, too. LOL!! :)