FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION ABOUT BARBECUE SAUCES
Early homemade barbecue sauces were generally made of just vinegar, salt, and pepper. Sugar, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce started to be used in the 1920s, but after World War II, the quantity of sugar and the number of ingredients increased dramatically.
Apple Cider Vinegar – the apple cider vinegar gives the sauce a delicious, tangy flavor that helps to balance it perfectly. Brown Sugar – just 1/4 cup of brown sugar not only helps sweeten the sauce but deepens the flavor adding just a hint of molasses flavor. Honey – use a couple of tablespoons of your favorite honey.
10 Bonus Uses for BBQ Sauces, Beyond Brushing on Meat
Use as pizza or spaghetti sauce (we currently have this slow cooker BBQ-Chicken Pineapple Pizza recipe on repeat)
Use in place of ketchup for burgers, fries, hot dogs, and meat loaf.
Mix with ground meats, cheese, and sour cream to use as a taco or potato filling.
BBQ sauces add flavor and texture to meat during and after the cooking process. BBQ sauces can be used as a marinade or as a dipping sauce for the meat during the meal.
The short answer, yes, you need to cook BBQ sauce. For a long answer, most of the popular ingredients in BBQ sauce don’t usually mix properly together, and thus most BBQ sauce recipes will specify that you cook the source.
Sauces add moisture and flavor to dishes. They are meant to be enjoyed when you’re eating the food. You should not use marinades as sauces if meat has been sitting in them unless you very thoroughly cook the marinade. Brines should not be used as a sauce ever.
BBQ sauce is great for grilling, but there is more than one way to use this sweet and tangy condiment. From barbecue chicken to quesadillas, BBQ sauce is the quickest way to perk up your meal. Try it in these delicious BBQ sauce recipes.
BBQ Sauce. Since food with a pH value lower than 4.5 is too acidic to support the growth of spoilage bacteria, it’s safe to store barbecue sauce at room temperature, in your cupboard or pantry. Conclusion: Keep your BBQ sauce anywhere you want.
Most barbecue sauces contain sugar. Sugar burns at a temperature of about 265 F/130 C. If you are cooking above this temperature—most likely when you’re grilling—then the sugars in a sauce will burn and add a bad flavor to foods. The sauce can also turn gummy, creating an unusual texture to the meat.
So, is BBQ sauce bad for your health? Yes, it is if you are watching weight or wanting to consciously eat healthy. Similar to ketchup, barbeque sauce contains a high amount of sugar and salt. Only two tablespoons of the sauce contains about 100 calories, over 10 grams of sugar and 22 grams of carbs.
In general, you won’t find fat of any kind (saturated, unsaturated, or omega-3) in barbecue sauce, as its plant-based ingredients generally don’t contain this macronutrient.