What’s in your Barbecue Sauces: The Basics

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You read food labels to check for calorie content, fat content, sugar, and even sodium. You feel pretty sure about what ingredients you put in your body. Still, very few people focus on the ingredients that go in their favorite foods. These ingredients are the reason behind the number of calories, fat, sugar, and sodium in foods in the first … Read More

Odd Food Items to Add Hot Sauce To: Eggs?

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When you read the title of this article, you either wrinkled your nose in disgusted confusion or nodded in exuberant agreement. Whichever the reaction was, hear this: eggs and egg dishes are AMAZING with hot sauce added! Not only does this spicy condiment add flavor and kick to otherwise bland eggs, the sauce, itself, is full of health benefits that … Read More

Smoking Meat by Popping Pellets? Great Barbecue Without the Stress

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Smoking Meat

Smoking meat by popping pellets? How to make great barbecue without the stress. Watch a barbecue competition in person or on television and you’ll usually see pit masters tossing logs into really big smoking rigs. It’s what most people think of when they think of great tasting meats, whether its ribs, brisket or pulled pork. But for most backyard barbecuers, that investment in … Read More

Mild to Wild: What’s Next After Growing Your Own Peppers?

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You’ve had an abundant season of growing peppers. Hot peppers, sweet peppers, and everything in between. And now the harvesting season of your peppers is here. Your baskets are full, your jars and freezer bags are ready and you have an entire weekend to spend preserving your little garden gems. There are many methods of preserving peppers. Let’s explore some of the more … Read More

Mild to Wild: A Brief Guide to Smoking Meat

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Smoking Meat

The most wonderful smoked meat is meat that is flavorful, tender and juicy. While smoking meat, even at a low temperature (200-225 degrees) it is possible to overcook the meat. This can result in tough, dry and rubbery meat. My best suggestion is to prepare the meat correctly. Never smoke frozen meat. It is best to start with room temperature meat. It … Read More

5 Recipes to Bring Barbecue Sauce to Your Holiday Meals

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With the holiday season fast approaching, you’re finding yourself in need of a wide range of dishes to take to all of the upcoming parties. Whether you’re preparing a dinner party with friends or trying to decide what to feed your family for a holiday dinner, there are plenty of great ways to incorporate barbecue sauce into your meals. Try … Read More

Caramelizing the Sugar in Your Barbecue Sauce

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Caramelizing

When you are cooking with barbecue sauce, there are a variety of tips that you should keep in mind to maximize its flavor. One of the least understood of these is the act of caramelizing the sauce. This offers your meat a taste boost that is nearly impossible to get in any other way.

Kicking up Fried Chicken with Hot Sauce

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Very few foods cannot be improved with a little addition of hot sauce. (Well, maybe ice cream, but even there some imaginative cook might concoct something tasty, say jalapeno and chocolate.) Fried chicken, though, can certainly be kicked up a bit with a little heat.