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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 Regional barbecue sauce recipesPerhaps 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: Kansas-city style sauce recipe - KC style sauce is the one that comes instantly to mind when thinking about barbecue sauce. It's thick, sweet and smoky. Memphis style sauce recipe - Memphis style sauce is thinner and tangier than the KC style sauce. Lexington-dip sauce recipe - North Caroline style sauce is thin, vinegary and spicy. 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
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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 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. 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 ! [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 !   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.   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 ! Ingredients For 4 to 6 people: 200g of sliced bacon, or “lardons” like we call them here. 1/2 green bell pepper 1/2 red bell pepper 1 onion 6 eggs approx. 30cl of milk (I admit we didn’t measure and we checked the aspect of the omelet instead) pie crust pastry (make your own or buy it in the supermarket) barbecue sauce  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 ! Procedures Brown the bacon in a pan (with some barbecue sauce if you want to). Drain the fat and reserve it. Cut the onion and the bell peppers into small pieces. Slice the mushrooms. Fit the crust into a pie pan. Arrange the vegetables in the crust. Put some big drops of barbecue sauce on the vegetables. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Make an omelet by whisking the eggs and milk together. Add salt & pepper, and pour it on the vegetables. Bake for 10 minutes at 200°C. Turn the oven down to 150°C and cook 25 minutes more. Serve lukewarm, not hot, and keep leftovers in the refrigerator.
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Better Tuesday Sandwich

Wednesday, 5 May 2010 06:21 by nico
When you’re feeling a bit off-colour, there’s nothing like eating some barbecue sauce ! Introducing the Better Tuesday Sandwich: 2 slices of homemade whole wheat bread with cereals 2 slices of melted cheddar cheese 1 big slice of roasted ham LOTS of Hunts barbecue sauce Put everything in the oven around 5-10 min at 175°C Add some gherkins and salad I’m feeling better now !
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picoti.be, a cool site with yummy recipes

Monday, 25 May 2009 04:49 by nico
Hey there, a quick post to let you know about picoti.be which is a brand-new site (only in french, sorry) with recipes created by friends with a growing number of original and classic recipes, mostly submitted by their friends and families… but you’re free to register and submit yours ! That’s what we just did, with a recipe of stuffed zucchinis “mexican style” ^^ See you soon for more recipes and reviews !
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