Friday, June 20, 2008

BBQ and Grilling Sauces

I love to grill, and at any time of the year. Until recently I always bought a jar of BBQ sauce off the shelf. Never really liking them as I always found them to be too vinegar-y, sweet, or just off, I decided to look up some recipes for BBQ sauce. Iam sharing 2 sauces that we like. One has been around for many years in our home and the other is a new keeper.

I came across this one and from the reviews thought I might have to try it. Sure enough it got our thumbs up, or in our mouths licking the sauce off our fingers!

Big Al's K.C. Bar-B-Q Sauce
2 cups ketchup
2 cups tomato sauce
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 1/4 cups red wine vinegar
1/2 cup molasses
4 teaspoons hickory-flavored liquid smoke (a must!)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix together the ketchup, tomato sauce, brown sugar, wine vinegar, molasses, liquid smoke and butter. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, celery seed, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and pepper.
Reduce heat to low, and simmer for up to 20 minutes. For thicker sauce, simmer longer, and for thinner, less time is needed. Sauce can also be thinned using a bit of water if necessary. Brush sauce onto any kind of meat during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

~my side note:
I let this one simmer for almost 1 hour. then used it the next day to let the flavors merry and thicken up even more. This one will replace any bottle on the shelves for now on. You can make half a batch, since this one, doubled, makes 5 1/2 cups.

Rib Glaze
1 large yellow onion, chopped (about 1 C)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jar (12 oz) Heinz Chili sauce
1/2 Cup water
2/3 Cup light brown sugar
1 TBL Worcestershire sauce
3/4 ground cumin

In a medium sauce pan heat about 2 TBL oil, add onion and garlic, cooking and stirring for 5 minutes. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Then simmer for 15 minutes or longer. Brush ribs during last 15 minutes of grilling or BBQing.

~healthy meals in minutes recipe card

~My side note:
You can find the chili sauce near the cocktail sauces.

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