We call it barbecue sauce but most of us use it when we are grilling. Huh? Yes, grilling is different than barbecuing. Think of grilling like stovetop cooking (quick) and barbecuing as oven roasting (slow). We grill skewers of shrimp in mere minutes but the cooktime for ribs or a brisket is measured in hours.
Today Sunday Supper is partnering with Gallo Family Vineyards to celebrate outdoor BBQs and potluck parties. So what better time to learn about how to use barbecue sauce, whether it’s homemade or store-bought? Here are five tips to help improve your outdoor cooking skills:
- When to use BBQ Sauce: Barbecue sauce contains sugars that burn at temps above 265 degrees. When grilling, the heat is hotter than that. So rather than let your foods scorch and turn black, brush on the sauce in the last minutes of cooking. If you’re oven roasting ribs, that’s the last 30 minutes. If you are grilling boneless, skinless chicken breasts, that’s the last 10 minutes. The sauce time is even less for Portobello mushrooms that soak up flavors quickly.
- How much BBQ sauce to use: Don’t overwhelm the meat with sauce or that’s all eaters will taste. How much to use depends on the size of what’s being grilled. A quarter cup is plenty for pieces of chicken and burgers; shellfish will use less. Spoon or brush the sauce on the pieces in a thin layer to start. You can always add more.
- Play it safe with BBQ sauce: Pour the sauce into a bowl before you brush or spoon on your meat. DO NOT dip your brush into the jar and then on to partially cooked meat and then back into the jar. There’s a possibility of contaminating the sauce with potentially hazardous bacteria from the uncooked meat. When you are finished applying the sauce from your bowl, discard what’s left.
- Serving extra BBQ sauce: Set out a bowl of extra sauce for those diners who want more, but warm it first. It’s not a good idea to put cold sauce on warm or hot food. Room temperature works, too.
- Doctoring BBQ sauce. Making BBQ sauce is a time-consuming effort, especially when there are so many interesting ones on the market. Taste the sauce first. If you want to soften sweetness, add a few squeezes of fresh lemon, lime or orange juice. Want more heat? Chipotle chili powder or cayenne powder will do the trick. Fresh herbs will add an earthy note.
We hope that some of these tricks will help you as you try out this week’s BBQ recipes from the Sunday Supper tastemakers. Not only will you find some interesting and new dishes to make, you’ll also get tips on wines to pair with them. So what goes with BBQ sauce? A fruity Sweet Red plays well with smoky sauces and a Cabernet Sauvignon is equally tasty with a spicy sauce.
Needs more tips on backyard BBQs and potlucks? Check out Gallo Family Vineyards’ blog.
Join us tonight at 7 p.m. on Twitter for a live chat about entertaining outdoors. In the meantime, check out today’s recipes, and start your shopping list.
- Buffalo Bread by Feed Me, Seymour
- Cilantro Lime Chicken Wings by Casa de Crews
- Creamy Asparagus Puffs by Brunch with Joy
- Bibimbap Bar by kimchi MOM
- Chicken Satay by Curious Cuisiniere
- Citrus Grilled Chicken Under a Brick by Nosh My Way
- Garlicky Sirloin Steak For A Crowd by Family Foodie
- Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwiches by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Grilled Mediterranean Salmon Burgers with Tzatziki by Simply Healthy Family
- Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps by Take A Bite Out of Boca
Sides and Salads:
- Bacon Strawberry and Farro Salad by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Balsamic Blueberry Salad by Alida’s Kitchen
- Caprese Pasta Salad by One Sweet Mess
- Grilled Rainbow Potato Salad by Shockingly Delicious
- Spicy Watermelon Salad by Ruffles & Truffles
- Tortellini Salad by Magnolia Days
- Coconut Shortcakes with Grilled Pineapple by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Frozen Root Beer Float Pie by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Grilled Peaches with Brioche by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- S’more Cookie Cups by Desserts Required
BBQ Helpful Info:
- 5 Tips for Using BBQ Sauce by Sunday Supper Movement
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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards