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Original Q, Issue #045- fb, blog, grilling, home
August 01, 2011

Get Another Drink and Try Again

In the spirit of good BBQ we will strive for the best. Whether bought, borrowed, or stolen... we will tweak, adjust, and otherwise perfect existing BBQ recipes into Original-Q.

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Table of Contents

Recent Website Additions and Updates

*Let's Face It
*Lookin' Good
*Grilling Recipes, Faster than Smoking
*BBQ Recipes of Your Own Design

Editors Qs
*Hipshot answers reader's questions

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

Recent Website Additions

Let's Face It

Today, Facebook is being used by everyone. Isn't technology great? What will it be like in another 4 or 5 years? Who can say? Your guess is as good as mine.

In an effort to try and keep up with our fast changing times, I have added the capability for you to "Like" and/or "Share". If you are on Facebook, you know what I mean.

You can "Like" the website by clicking the "Like" button in either the left or right margins. You can "Like" the page or "Share" by clicking at the bottom of each page.

This may not seem like a big deal, but maybe if you Like and Share with your Facebook friends, we can spread the good word about good BBQ.


Let's Face It

Lookin' Good

If you have been to the website recently, you may have noticed a little different look. That's right, it has been changed.

There are now 3 columns instead of 2. I think it gives it a little more of a balanced look. There is an opportunity to subscribe to Original Q, as well as a few comments from some of the thousands of visitors surfing by each month.

Check it out if you haven't seen it yet... and drop me a comment if you see something that needs attention.


Lookin' Good

Grilling Recipes, Faster than Smoking

Grilling recipes are used by most americans that cook outdoors. Most folks don't have several hours to slow smoke a meal. Grilling is usually quick (remember all those hamburgers and hotdogs?).

Grilling Recipes, Faster than Smoking

BBQ Recipes of Your Own Design

Learn to put your own unique spin on BBQ recipes. Do it because you love BBQ. Do it for entertaining. Or compile your own original BBQ recipe book to sell.

BBQ Recipes of Your Own Design

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 with 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.

All the Best

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