Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Semi-Homemade Barbequeue Sauce

My husband smoked a Pork Shoulder on his Traeger Smoker this weekend, and I decided I would make two different sauces for the smokey, rich and delicious meat!

They are both delicious as hell and very different. I tried to remember every ingredient, but don't blame me if I missed something! My husbands favorite is the Piquant and mine is the Strawberry Root Beer Sauce.

Piquant Barbecue Sauce Top Photo, Root Beer Sauce the second one

Piquant Barbecue Sauce

1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup yellow mustard (measure this, I was dumb and didn't)
1/4 cup finely minced onion
2 cloves garlic minced well
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tbl Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar (you may add more to taste after it cooks awhile)
1/2 tsp Cayenne
1/2 tsp garlic salt
Tabasco Sauce to taste (I put a fair amount in)
1/2 cup catsup
4 tbl molasses
1/4 cup tomato paste

Place all ingredients into a saucepan and let cook for an hour or more on low. Stir often.

Taste often and adjust to your own tastes. I will last a long time in the fridge due to the acid content.

The second sauce I absolutely pulled out of my ass. I had an idea and ran with it. I knew I wanted a sweeter sauce with fruit. I also cheated a bit and added some smokey barbecue sauce at the end to thicken it up. This one is my favorite of the two and is a beautiful color. The root beer gives it a nice and bright flavor.

Strawberry Root Beer Barbecue Sauce

1 12oz bottle of regular root beer (get a good quality one)
1.5 cup strawberries, cored and chopped medium
1/4 cup onion, diced small
1/4 balsamic vinegar
4 tbl Molasses
1/4 cup catsup
1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce

Pour your bottle of root beer into a non stick sauce pan on low, and let reduce by half, it will take a good 30 minutes

Add the strawberries, onion, balsamic, catsup and molasses

Let cook together for 15 minutes or so

Add a 1/2 to 1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce, mix well and let continue to cook for another few minutes

Taste and add seasoning/ingredients as needed

Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth


Debbie said...

Oh the strawbery root beer BBQ sauce sounds great. Wonderful flavors!

Sophie said...

That BBQ sauce & that strawberry root beer sauce look OUTSTANDING!!! Waw, ...Cheryl!!

Just look at the stunning colour on that pork meat!

Gabe's Girl said...

Wow! Wow! and more Wows!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I'll be right over. My husband would love to have a taste of either sauce. Yum!

Mary said...

They both sound wonderful but the strawberry root beer sounds otherworldly. I've bookmarked it to try the next time we have a gang over. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

The Blonde Duck said...

I love bbq sauce of all kinds.

Jan said...

My vote would go with the piquant, but the strawberry root beer sounds lovely - even if you did pull it out of your arse. :-)

Chef Dennis said...

thats a great barbecue sauce! thanks for sharing! Its always nice to find a new bbq sauce recipe!

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