American BBQ Sauce
It isn’t polite to discuss religion, politics and BBQ sauce at the dinner table. BBQ sauce divides the “North” and the “South” as if the American Civil War was still raging. To understand this phenomenon, read the Serious Eats guide to regional American BBQ sauces.
Vinegar-based sauces from Kentucky and The Carolinas are perfect for spicy chicken wings. A tomato and vinegar sauce is the right choice for slow-cooked meats like flank steak and it is also delicious for Sloppy Joes. (The fat in the meat adds body to the sauce.)
The BEST of the American BBQ sauces is Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce like this recipe. Sweet, spicy and moreish.
Homemade BBQ Sauce
Our BBQ Sauce is versatile.
- Use as a condiment and dip cubes of rich cheese into this sauce as a quick starter.
- Thin the sauce with a bit of butter and baste chicken on the BBQ.
- Pour some into a teaspoon and just eat it plain while dreaming of a sunny day.
- Baste on BBQ ribs or mix in slow-cooked, shredded pork shoulder for the most amazing Pulled Pork.
Made to your taste
This recipe has measurements but only as a guide. No two batches of BBQ Sauce is ever the same. It is all about taste. Tune into your tongue and mouth. The perfect American BBQ sauce should first be sweet, then a little tangy and finally spicy: tingly but not burning.
This recipe usually uses about half a can of treacle. We use the other half for treacle cookies. Try them with a cup of strong coffee.