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Serious Eats talks about barbecue sauce

Monday, 23 May 2011 11:35 by nico

I'm a frequent reader of Serious Eats, a family of blogs about food (reviews, recipes, techniques and so on...) if you're a food geek, I strongly recommend that you add their feeds to your RSS reader !

Anyway, they've recently published a lot of articles about barbecue sauce which are worth reading Smile

Regional barbecue sauce recipes

Perhaps you ignore it, but barbecue sauce is more complex than it seems ! It comes in a variety of recipes depending on the region where it's made. They've published 3 recipes so far:

These articles point out differences between these sauces, which all have common ingredients, but differ in use, consistency and taste. I'll try to write a more detailed article about regional barbecue sauces. You can read more about this subject in the Serious Eats article A guide to American barbecue sauce styles

Reviews

They also tested some sauces, what Brian from Barbecue Sauce Reviews and I love doing. They focused on 16 US sauces that you can find in grocery stores.

I tasted 5 sauces amongst the 16: Bull's-Eye, Sweet Baby Ray's, Jack Daniel's, Hunt's and Budweiser.
Good news for Belgian BBQ sauce lovers, you can find 4 of these 5 sauces in Belgium (Sweet Baby Ray's is only available in the US) ! I haven't reviewed all of them on the blog yet, but I'll do it in the next posts so stay tuned Wink

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Uncle Joe’s BBQ Sauce-In-A-Bag

Sunday, 8 May 2011 20:32 by nico

Two weeks ago I took part in a Friday Giveway contest on BBQ Sauce Reviews in order to win two packages of Uncle Joe’s BBQ rub and a recipe book.
I was amongst the lucky winners and Sandy, owner of Uncle Joe’s, was kind enough to send me the package overseas. And I got quite surprised when I realized I received more stuff than expected !

I’ll have the opportunity to taste their complete range of products Cool

Uncle Joes range of sauce
Uncle Joe’s can be used as a BBQ rub (a mixture of spices applied to the meat before cooking) or mixed to ketchup and liquid (water, apple juice, beer, cola, …) to make a barbecue sauce. It’s really fun to make because you can choose the amount of ketchup and liquid you use and even add more spices so the sauce fits your personal taste.

I tried the Honey Mesquite and Chipotle flavours to make  two sauces based on the standard ratio mentioned on the package (2 tbsp. ketchup – I used Heinz, 4 tbsp. Uncle Joe’s, 6 tbsp. water).

I used the Chipotle sauce on chicken skewers. It has a really nice colour and consistency (not too thick and not too thin) and a good smoky smell. Cold, it tastes very “round” at first with a strong tomato taste, and then come the spicy chilli peppers. The spicy kick stays after cooking.

Uncle Joes Chipotle chicker skewers

I used the Honey Mesquite sauce on ribs. Again, really nice color and consistency. The honey gives a really nice sweet taste, followed by a subtle spicy kick (which disappears a bit after cooking). It was perfect on the ribs and all the guests liked it !

Uncle Joes Honey Mesquite ribs[YUMMY UPDATE] : This looks disgusting compared to the next picture !

 
I still have to taste the Original Blend and Southwest flavours, but the Chipotle and furthermore the Honey Mesquite are delicious !

I’d also like to test them as rub and to make sauce with a different liquid base like cola or Chimay beer… so I’ll certainly talk about Uncle Joe’s again !

Unfortunately they are available only in the US, if you want more information about the resellers, check out www.unclejoesbbq.com

[YUMMY UPDATE]

I had another try with the Honey Mesquite and Chipotle flavours. I used apple juice as a base for the Honey Mesquite one, and cola for the Chipotle one.

Naturally, it gave a much sweeter taste to the sauces. Honey Mesquite and apple juice gave a really beautiful caramel consistency during cooking. For the ribs, I put in practice the indirect cooking, which completely changed the taste of the meat. I will definitely use this method every time I cook ribs !

ribs with Uncle Joes 
From top to bottom: ribs with Honey Mesquite,
ribs with honey marinade, ribs with homemade bbq sauce

For the chicken skewers, I firstly used the Chipotle dry, as rub, and coated the skewers with sauce at the end of grilling.

Uncle Joes Chipotle chicken skewers with rub 

Ingredients Honey Mesquite:

Sugar, Corn Starch, Chili Peppers, Spices, Garlic, Natural Smoke Flavor, Honey Powder (Honey, Wheat Starch, Calcium Stearate and Lecithin), Vinegar Powder (Maltodextrin, Modified Food Starch and White Distilled Vinegar), Paprika and Silicon Dioxide

Ingredients Chipotle:

Sugar, Corn Starch, Chili Peppers, Spices, Garlic, Hickory Smoke Flavor (Maltodextrin, Natural Smoke Flavor and Hydrated Silicon Dioxide), Vinegar Powder (Maltodextrin, Modified Food Starch and White Distilled Vinegar), Paprika, Molasses Powder (Molasses, Wheat Starchn Silicon Dioxide) and Silicon Dioxide

Nutrition information per serving 1/4 tsp:

  • Protein: 0g (2g in Honey Mesquite)
  • Carbohydrates : 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0g
  • Sodium: 0g
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BBQ Quiche!

Saturday, 2 October 2010 20:46 by nico and marie

A few weeks ago we tasted a really tasty barbecue quiche from the famous Tartes de Françoise, made out of bell peppers, bacon, mushrooms and of course barbecue sauce.
We instantly thought “let’s try to make our own !”, and it was pretty damn successful !

BBQ Quiche

Ingredients

For 4 to 6 people:

  1. 200g of sliced bacon, or “lardons” like we call them here.
  2. 1/2 green bell pepper
  3. 1/2 red bell pepper
  4. 1 onion
  5. 6 eggs
  6. approx. 30cl of milk (I admit we didn’t measure and we checked the aspect of the omelet instead)
  7. pie crust pastry (make your own or buy it in the supermarket)
  8. barbecue sauce Smile The Hunt’s would have been perfect, but we no longer had this sauce. So we used a little bit of Sweet Baby Ray’s, some HP and a bit of Delhaize !

  9. Procedures

  10. Brown the bacon in a pan (with some barbecue sauce if you want to).
    Drain the fat and reserve it.
  11. Cut the onion and the bell peppers into small pieces. Slice the mushrooms.
  12. Fit the crust into a pie pan.
  13. Arrange the vegetables in the crust.
  14. Put some big drops of barbecue sauce on the vegetables.
  15. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  16. Make an omelet by whisking the eggs and milk together. Add salt & pepper, and pour it on the vegetables.
  17. Bake for 10 minutes at 200°C. Turn the oven down to 150°C and cook 25 minutes more.
  18. Serve lukewarm, not hot, and keep leftovers in the refrigerator.
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Smokey Joe and his big brother

Wednesday, 8 September 2010 06:35 by nico

We’ve moved in our new apartment for one month now, and we finally have a garden ! That means… barbecue time ! Cool

And as 2 barbecues are better than one, we chose a green Weber Smokey Joe and an original one of 57 cm Sealed

Webers

In Belgium, summer time is almost over (rain and wind have replaced sun and blue skies) but we’ve had the opportunity to cook some delicious meat on both of them.

I’m familiarizing myself with indirect grilling and I feel like making my own marinades and homemade brochettes Wink

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I’ve got mail…

Friday, 2 July 2010 05:59 by nico

Some days ago, Brian of BBQ Sauce Reviews organized a contest whose price was a bottle of Outta The Park BBQ Sauce, and I was one of the lucky winners !

And today, a package from Cary, North Carolina, arrived in my mailbox Smile

Outta The Park package

And here it is !

Outta The Park

Scott, the owner of the company, enclosed 2 nice magnets in the package, which look great on our magnetic wall Cool

Outta The Park magnet 
As you can read on the magnet, the sauce is all-natural without any artificial flavors or products. And it tastes great !
I haven’t had the time yet to taste it on meat or vegetables, but the next review will certainly talk about this sauce Wink

Thanks to Brian and Scott !

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