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Original Q, Issue #015 -- bbq sauce, sugar free, news, mop
February 01, 2009

Get Another Drink and Try Again

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Table of Contents

Recent Website Additions and Updates

*BBQ Sauce Recipes, Pick Your Style
*Sugar Free BBQ Sauce
*BBQ Cookoff News
*BBQ, what it is
*The Smoked Brisket Recap (Short Version)
*BBQ Mop Recipes, BBQ's Basting Sauce

Editors Qs
*Hipshot answers reader's questions

BBQ questions only please. I don't know everything.

Recent Website Additions

BBQ Sauce Recipes, Pick Your Style

BBQ sauce recipes come from different parts of the country in different styles. Pick your style and create your own BBQ sauce.

BBQ Sauce Recipes, Pick Your Style

Sugar Free BBQ Sauce

Don't pass up all that goodness just because you don't have a sugar free BBQ sauce. You can have some surprisingly good BBQ sauce that is sugar free (if you make it yourself).

Sugar Free BBQ Sauce

BBQ Cookoff News

View current BBQ cookoff news and stay up to date. Check to see when the next chili cookoff is coming to town or where the next ribs cookoff wil be. Stay in touch and stay tuned.

BBQ Cookoff News

BBQ, what it is

BBQ. What in the world is it. Lets break out the dictionary and find out what we're talking about before we move on.

BBQ, what it is

The Smoked Brisket Recap (Short Version)

Wally's dad gives a short version of his initial foray into the world of smoked brisket. Just a quick update to let me know that everything turned out... better than expected.

The Smoked Brisket Recap (Short Version)

BBQ Mop Recipes, BBQ's Basting Sauce

BBQ mop recipes are a must to the professionals on the competition circuit. They wouldn't be without it. Learn what goes into a good mop recipe and what ingredients to avoid.

BBQ Mop Recipes, BBQ's Basting Sauce

Editor's Qs

Can I use my BBQ sauce as a basting sauce during cooking?

Yes and No.

If your BBQ sauce has sugar in it, then no. Don't use it as a basting sauce.

If you have a BBQ sauce with no sugar in it, then yes. No problem. Go for it.

I base my answer on sugar content, because sugar will burn, turn black, and possibly ruin your meat.

Most BBQ sauces are used as a finishing sauce, because they do have sugar. Sometimes it's ketchup or tomatoes. Other sauces may have brown sugar or molasses.

A basting sauce, sometimes called a mop , adds some flavor to the meat, but is primarily used to keep it from becoming too dry. Since it is used during cooking, it will have very little or no sugar.

One mop, or basting sauce, may be very different from another. As they say... it's a matter of taste. The most commonly used base ingredients are vinegar, beer, oil, butter, beer, lemon juice, apple juice and beer.

If your favorite BBQ sauce won't work as a mop, here is a recipe you might like:

* 1 stick butter
* 1 sliced onion
* 4 cloves crushed garlic
* 1 bottle dark beer
* 4 quartered lemons
* 1 Tbls chili powder
* 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
* 1 sprig rosemary
* 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
* 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
* 1 whole bay leaf

Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the garlic and onions. Sauté for a few minutes, until softened. Add the beer and squeeze in the lemon juice. Go ahead and throw in the rinds too.

Once the foam dies down, add the rest of the ingredients and bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Keep it warm and add more beer and oil if necessary.

Remember... you control the taste. If you don't want chili powder, leave it out. If you want to add a little apple juice, go ahead.

Have fun with it and create yourself a top notch mop sauce. If you don't quite get it the first time... what are you gonna do?

Have another drink and try again!

The Challenge Continues.

I don't want to give you the idea that I can't be stumped, but... let's see what happens.

BBQ questions only please. I don't know everything.

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