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The Barbecue Bible

Updated on February 16, 2009

Barbecue Secrets

East Carolina Pepper Vinegar Sauce
East Carolina Pepper Vinegar Sauce
BBQ Pork Butts
BBQ Pork Butts
Pulled Pork For Sandwiches
Pulled Pork For Sandwiches

East Carolina Pepper Vinegar Sauce

1 Quart Of Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Tablespoon Red Pepper Flakes

1 Teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper

1 Tablespoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Black Pepper

Stir all the indredients together in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook 1 hour on low heat. Add enough water back at the end of one hour to make 4 cups.

This is the sauce used in the Carolinas on Pork Butts. You baste the pork butt all the time you are cooking it with this sauce. When your meat is done you chop your meat and add this sauce to the meat and stir to cover all your meat. This makes a excellent chopped pork sandwich.

Barbecue Secrets

Barbecue is a big business especially in the southern United States. There are almost as many opinions of what constitutes good Barbecue as there are Barbecue Restaurants dotting the roadside in the southern United States. Hundreds of thousands of people cook it for fund raisers or for just plain good eating. Depending on where you were raised in the south you probably prefer pork, beef, or chicken. And sauce secrets, especially of competitive barbecue contestants are guarded like Gold.

In the south the definition of barbecue means to cook meat outdoors in a closed pit or grill by indirect heat, which cooks the meat with out drying it out or burning it. The process makes even the tough cuts of meat so tender they fall off the bone. Historically, barbecuing is as much a social event as it is a way of cooking.

Barbecue Tips And Secrets

1. Soak chunks of wood such as mesquite, hickory, or apple wood in water or beer for one hour. Have it ready to add to your fire for smoky flavor.

2. Resist peeking in the grill or smoker. This lets heat out and slows down the cooking progress.

3. Build a back up fire in a bucket, charcoal chimney or another grill. If you need hot coals to add to your main fire you will have them.

4. Place additional briquet's of charcoal in small piles on either side of your grill.

5. Be sure that the internal temperature of all pork reaches 160 degrees.

Barbecue Sauce

Distinctions and preferences for the flavor of barbecue sauce used to baste meat and served with meat varies from region to region. You will find many differnt sauces used from the Carolinas to Texas. Tennesse and Texas prefer the thicker richer tomato based sauces while the Carolinas love their pungent, vinegar pepper sauces. South Carolina and Florida have all of these plus a mustard flavored one.

Western North Carolina Vinegar Barbecue Sauce

3 Cups Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Cup Light Brown Sugar

1 Cup Of Ketchup

1 Teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Black Pepper

1 Teaspoon Onion Powder

Mix all your ingredients together in a heavy sauce pan. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer and cook one hour. Makes a delicious sauce that is perfect on ribs.

Texas Barbecue Sauce

2 Cups Of Ketchup

1/2 Cup Of White Vinegar

1/2 Cup Of Honey

1 Cup Of Water

2 Tablespoons Fine Diced Green Bell Pepper

1 Tablespoon Minced Onion

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce

1 Teaspoon Black Pepper

1 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Raw Garlic

1 Teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper

Bring all the ingredients to a boil in a large heavy sauce pan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. This is one of the best sauces you will ever eat. I just simply love this one on chicken. Both for basting the chicken while its on the grill and served with the chicken.

Spicy Mustard Barbecue Sauce

2 Quarts Of Ketchup

1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Cup Corn Syrup

1 Cup Yellow Mustard

1 Cup Worchestershire Sauce

1 Tablespoon Fresh Ground Raw Garlic

1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

1 Tablespoon Black Pepper

1 Tablespoon Ground Cayenne Pepper

Mix all the ingredients together well in a large sauce pot and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to a simmer for 45 minutes. This sauce works on almost anything even Tuna or Shark Steak. In Florida its used a lot on chicken.

More Great Barbecue Secrets

A good sauce can go a long way towards making sure you make the best Barbecue that you or anyone else will ever eat. Now I'm going to tell you a secret about chicken. When we make chicken with the above mustard based barbecue sauce we start off by marinading our chicken a mininum of four hours in Italian Dressing. Good Seasons Italian Dressing works better than any. You want to cover your chicken with the Italian Dressing and you want to marinade it at least four hours.

When you place your chicken on the grill be sure that you start your charcoal well in advance so the coals will be at just the right tempature for cooking. And have some more hot coals waiting in a charcoal chimmney in case you need more for your grill later. Have a spray bottle of water handy in case you need to put out fires on your grill. As your chicken cooks baste it with the mustard based barbecue sauce. Turn your chicken often but not to often. And I guarantee you that when you finish cooking this chicken you will have the best chicken you will ever eat.

And your Barbecue Chicken will taste much better on a pure charcoal grill than it will ever taste on a gas charcoal grill. Sure its harder but the taste in the end will be worth it I assure you. If you want the best Barbecue Chicken you will ever eat then I guarantee you its worth the extra effort.And if you have some available soak some apple wood chunks in apple cider vinegar for several hours and add a few chunks of the apple wood to your charcoal for a great flavor.

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