A reason for BBQ’s lasting popularity in the States has got to be the amount of different sauces available. Believe it or not, the cost of production of BBQ sauce in the United States nearly exceeds $2 billion. To make matters even more interesting, this value doesn’t consider the amount of home-made recipes that US based citizens use every day. While some of these recipes may have been around for generations, some were just concocted yesterday.
The ‘problem’ that arises from such a wide selection of sauce varieties is being unable to choose which sauce to truly elevate your meats. After all, is there ever one true sauce that ranks above all others for each unique meat offering out there? What’s the best choice for your ribs? Is it the same choice for your brisket? While an excellent sauce can further activate a meat, the wrong sauce can just as easily ruin an entree. Making the right choice is imperative!
When deciding on a specific BBQ sauce, consider one that complements the cuisine you plan to cook. For instance, if you’re preparing one of the italian bbq recipes, a sauce with a robust flavor, such as a tomato-based sauce, might be the ideal choice. On the other hand, if you’re cooking a Mexican dish, seek out a sauce with a smoky and spicy profile to enhance the flavors accordingly.
Taking the time to match the right sauce with the appropriate meat and cuisine can undoubtedly elevate your culinary creations and leave your guests delighted with delightful flavor combinations. However, with a plethora of choices available, selecting the perfect sauce to complement your dish can be a bit challenging. Fortunately, there are various bloggers like Kevin Turner who provide helpful advice and reviews that you can consider. Similarly, you can explore several online resources and guides to find the ideal sauce to pair with the dish you are preparing.
Generally, you will see a great deal of overlap between these meat and sauce pairings. The reason? Well, a great deal of sauces taste fantastic with a great deal of meats. Some sauces even combine excellently with multiple meats. Traditional Texas BBQ is one of the best examples of this. The mop sauce used on beef brisket is truly a classic, you can’t eat Texas brisket without it. However, this same sauce is extremely common on ribs as well. Some people would even go so far as putting it on each of their side orders as well! Overlap in this case isn’t always a bad thing. It’s worth noting, however, that it’s your responsibility to carefully craft all of your BBQ creations with non-conflicting sauces, but it will always boil down to preference.
Aside from the pairings, the accompanying resource also offers some sound BBQ advice:
Mastering the art of grilling is the foundation of exceptional barbecue, surpassing even the most exquisite meat and sauce combinations. Your proficiency on the grill plays a pivotal role in elevating the overall taste and texture of your dishes. Investing in a good propane grill can significantly enhance your grilling experience, providing a reliable and efficient cooking tool. Propane, as a fuel source, offers convenience and precise temperature control, contributing to the success of your culinary endeavours. Ensure that your propane supply is consistently replenished by arranging timely propane delivery services, guaranteeing uninterrupted access to the fuel you need for cooking as well as perfecting your grilling skills.
Next, be willing to try new sauces. Experiencing true variety is the key to finding your favorite meat and sauce pairings. Go out of your way to find new and interesting sauces with unique flavors for best results.
Finally, be sure to revisit the accompanying resource whenever you find yourself at a local BBQ spot. The meat and sauce pairings at your local BBQ spots can serve as inspiration for your own creations, or even expose you to the sauce you never knew you’d love.
For more information on the perfect meat and sauce pairings, be sure to review the infographic featured on this post. Courtesy of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants.