In the South when we refer to barbecue, we are referring to a piece of meat cooked slow and low and usually smoked. We then make a tomato based or vinegar based sauce as an addition to the meat after it has been smoked. If we cook on our grill in the backyard we consider that grilling. I am aware that in other parts of this country, when something is grilled in the backyard it is referred to as a barbecue.
One of my most favorite things to eat in North Carolina is barbecue. Usually in our state it is pork and pulled with an addition of one of the above sauces. I am going to share with you my favorite barbecue sauce recipe and get raves from friends when they are served this.
Western (NC) Style Barbecue Sauce
1 cup ketchup
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 cup minced onion
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
Place all ingredients in saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes or until slightly thickened. Makes 1 and one half cups.
This is great on smoked turkey, chicken or even hot dogs. Did I say hot dogs? At one time in my life, I could not cook without a recipe. I read one of Paula Deen’s books and she had the nerve to say if you were like that and did not experiment with things, you couldn’t really consider yourself as a cook. I didn’t like that statement and then I decided to try to make some things on my own.
Over the past weekend we were going to have hot dogs one night. In the South, hot dogs consist of chili without beans, slaw, mustard and onions. Usually on the side we have chips or french fries. As I was starting to prepare the hot dogs, I saw some of my leftover barbecue sauce and spied a yellow pepper. Hmmm!!!!!!!!!!! I thought. How would that combination work together? For a change of pace, we had grilled hot dogs ( I will not use the fat free wieners and usually use the light beef wieners) with barbecue sauce, sliced yellow peppers and sliced onion. WOW WEE!!!!!!!!!!!!! They were absolutely delicious. I know we will try those again sometime in the future. I served some fresh corn that was left over from another meal as an addition to our hot dogs.
Thank you Paula Deen for changing my thinking. Also, thanks to whoever thought up the idea of barbecue sauce. I believe I could eat it on anything. Has anyone ever tried barbecued grits?