Happy Independence Day!
All of us here at Hoffbrau Steaks hope you’re buying up the Blue Bell, stocking up on sweet corn, and hand-picking a delicious assortment of succulent meats. There’s no finer way to celebrate the summer’s greatest holiday!
None of that tastes as good without the sweet and spicy tang of a great barbecue sauce. Here at the enormous test kitchens of the greatest steakhouse in Texas, we savor and slave over our Dr Pepper version time and again, making sure we capture the intricacy of those 24 delicious flavors, give it just the right kick, and bring it to you perfect each time. In case you can’t join us for the very best barbecue in Amarillo, Ft.Worth, Haltom City, Granbury, AND Dallas!, on the 4th for some, we thought we’d bring you one of our favorite runner-ups. Plus, the offer below went out to our die-hard e-mail fans. Want to join them? We have the best news, offers, and rewards. (Appetizer or dessert to join, free dinner on your birthday, and anniversary gifts too! We never share your information! Join here!)
1 onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups ketchup,any brand
1 cup water
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
6 -8 dashes louisiana hot sauce (use more for a hotter taste)
1. Combine all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil.
2. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 10-15 minutes.
3. Pour sauce through strainer to remove onion and garlic.
4. Adjust All Seasonings To Your Own Taste.
5. Let cool, then refrigerate for a couple of hours
Not into “from scratch” in your own kitchen? Here’s some great tips on improving your favorite bottled sauce just a little!
Vinegars: These can help balance the sweetness of the standard off-the-shelf sauce. Apple cider vinegar is most common in barbecue sauce, but rice vinegar can do the job nicely without being so heavily tart. You can also look to citrus fruit for acidity as well.
Hot sauces: I like a bit of kick to my barbecue sauce, and this is something the most common sauces lack. A hit of Texas Pete or a habanero sauce can go a long way toward adding depth and spice to an underwhelming sauce.
Sugars: The standard sauce tends to be pretty sweet to begin with, so sugar may not be necessary, but if the sauce is too spicy or tart, you can try adding brown sugar, molasses, and/or honey to even things out.
Spices: With big bold flavors, the subtly of spices in bottled sauces tends to get lost. Adding garlic or onion powder are standard flavors for barbecue, but get a little creative and try out different chili powders, (I love adding fresh grated ginger!), peppers, cumin, or dried herbs to add body to the sauce.
Even add citrus rind, juice, or other distinct flavors for a truly unique flavor. Oranges or grapefruit will add a whole new dimension!
Have a favorite sauce of your own? A great tip? Please share, we might feature you in an upcoming blog!!!