A Texas BBQ sauce recipe must first fit the style to be considered a Texas BBQ recipe. It must have a fairly equal split of ketchup and vinegar. This makes it thinner that a Kansas City style, but thicker than a North Carolina style.
It must also have a little more spice than sweetness. This will make it spicier than Kansas City style and not as sweet. Just remember that the following recipe is in a particular style (Texas), and is not necessarily theTexas BBQ sauce recipe.
There are many variations of this one style of sauce. So this is one of many Texas BBQ sauce recipes that is possible.
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Cup Ketchup
1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 Cup brown sugar
2 Tbl prepared mustard
2 Tbl chili powder
2 tsp cumin seed, crushed
1 tsp celery seed, crushed
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
2 strips Bacon, chopped
In a cast iron pot over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and add onion and garlic. Sauté for several minutes, then add chili powder and cook an additional minute.
Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 to 30 minutes. Bacon pieces may be added back to the sauce, if desired. If the sauce is too thick, additional vinegar, apple cider, or water may be added.
This recipe will make any BBQ a Texas BBQ. Recipes of this style still have a lot of room for customization. Just try to keep the general balance of sweet and spice as well as the ketchup to vinegar ratio. A Texas BBQ sauce recipe must have those balances. Otherwise it begins to look more like a different style.
Never forget that any recipe (no matter who wrote it or where it came from) is what someone came up with through experimentation. They did it specifically that way because they liked the taste. You may not like it. So turn it into something that you do like.
Use ingredients that you like. Taste along the way. Delete, substitute, or add to a recipe to get what you want. Do it in a controlled way so you know the results of your changes. What I mean is, don't try to do too many changes at once. It takes a little extra time, but it's worth it.
As an example, let's say you think the sauce is too thick, needs more bacon flavor and a little more salt. Don't just add more vinegar, bacon, and salt, and then hope you get lucky. Do one thing at a time. Taste after each change.
Based on the way it tastes now, should you add vinegar, apple cider or water. The one you decide on will change the way the sauce tastes. After the consistency is like you want it, taste again. It may still need something, but now it might be something different.
If you think it needs bacon and salt too, add some bacon first. Once you do that, taste it again. It may not need salt anymore.
See how it works? It's usually pretty logical. Guess what... it should be time for another drink. Have fun with it. Here's to getting better.