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Original Q, Issue #057- Labor Day
September 01, 2012

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

*Vinegar Based Barbecue Sauce
*Say Goodbye to Dry Meat
*Beer Marinade
*Steak Marinade

Editors Qs
*Hipshot answers reader's questions

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

Recent Website Additions

Vinegar Based Barbecue Sauce

Vinegar based barbecue sauce has its home in North Carolina. Of course its popularity has spread all across the country. So hopefully everyone has had a chance to try it...

Vinegar Based Barbecue Sauce

Say Goodbye to Dry Meat

BBQ mop recipes are used by true BBQ fans, as well as professional on the competition circuit. If you are one of those fans, you know what I mean. You take every step you can to improve your BBQ. A good mop is one of those steps.

Say Goodbye to Dry Meat

Beer Marinade

A beer marinade provides a nice twist to the ingredients. Beer definitely adds a different level of flavor to a marinade. it has even been discussed as possibly reducing the formation of carcinogens. How 'bout that? An added bonus.

Beer Marinade

Steak Marinade

Using a steak marinade recipe is one of the best ways to enhance the flavor of your favorite steaks. There is a better way out there (ageing), but a good marinade is the next best thing.

Steak Marinade

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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