Monday, August 13, 2012

My version of Piedmont BBQ Sauce

I spoke about whipping up some BBQ sauce in my last post. Basically, I had a craving for some BBQ, with some solid glazing (and maybe dipping) sauce. Typically, I would run to the grocery store and buy a bottle, but being on this side of the pond, it's sometimes a bit difficult and expensive to find.

I have seen a couple of chefs make their own. Plus, it is the healthier and more adventurous choice. Who knows... maybe 'BBQ saucing' could become my new obsession and one day you'll find yourself running to the store for a bottle of 'Ovuoke's Fine BBQ sauce' :-)

To get me started on this quest, I looked up a few recipes online. As usual, I looked for something simple but tasty. So here's what I came up with;
It's a classic Carolina Style Barbecue Sauce - which is said to be typically served on smoked pork. I tweaked the recipe a bit, utilizing more readily available ingredients (recipe calls for cider vinegar rather than white wine vinegar and red pepper flakes rather than cayenne pepper)... well, what I had at home, and voila!


1 1/2 cup white wine

1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preparation:Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate for several days, allowing the flavors to blend. Shake before using.

It is designed to be a thin but flavorful sauce. However, preferring a thicker sauce, (and haven seen a few TV chefs at work) I reduced the mixture on the stove top for about 15 mins till it was about a third of the original volume.

I used the sauce with some chicken, and loved every bite of it. I'm sure you will too!

Here's my jar of 'Ovuoke's Piedmont BBQ Sauce'. It's still in the developmental stage :D

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