Barbecue Sauces in the UK (a RANT about buying better sauces)

by Hot Juan on June 27, 2009 · 0 comments

in Bar-B-Que, General Information

Roadhouse Original Bar-B-Que Sauce

Roadhouse Original Bar-B-Que Sauce

Generally based on Tomatoes, Sugar, Vinegar and Spices, it tends to be the cheaper sauces that contain the most sugar and the least flavour. I am always disappointed to see pre packaged BBQ packs in the supermarket ready coated with cheap sugary BBQ sauces supposibly ready to cook, I cannot think of anything worse to cook on a BBQ.

BBQ’s by their very nature provide heat in extremes, with flames and cold spots as the fat drips and the charcoal burns. BBQ sauces should only be added at the end of cooking, once the meat has been well cooked. Any flavour in the BBQ sauce is then not been burnt away and lost to the flames is burned to the skin making a bitter mess, the tendancy is then to uncook meats like chicken to save the sauce.

If you are going to marinade meat before cooking, I would recommend using dry rubs, if well developed they will add flavour and resist burning (we sent a lot of time creating Hot-Juan’s BBQ rubs, testing the ingredients to see what burned away, before we found a mix that worked on the BBQ or in the grill).

I can recommend a few BBQ sauces that work well, are not over sweet, but will still provide a sticky finish and above all complement your food, either add them at the last few minutes of cooking or to the meat on the plate.

We recommend trying:-
Crazy Charley’s Cajun & BBQ Sauce
Eaton’s Original Jamaican BBQ Sauce
Roadhouse Original Bar-B-Que Sauce
Pappy’s XXX White Lightnin’

If you can keep away from cheap BBQ Sauces with sugar and water as the main ingredients, you BBQ will taste better and you will retain more friends, so just check the labels next time you buy some. Rant complete.

Coming soon, some homemade BBQ sauces and BBQ Rub recipes and how to use them.


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