Barbecue is an important aspect of many cuisines all over the world. When it comes to BBQ, it would be incomplete without the right BBQ sauce to accompany it. Every type of meat goes well with a different type of BBQ sauce. The variety of BBQ sauce used is different in every region. There is a vast difference in the type of sauce used even in neighboring regions. But no matter what the ingredients used to make up the sauce, all BBQ connoisseurs agree that the sauce is an integral part of the barbecue experience.
The vinegar pepper sauce which originated in North Carolina is considered a Southern staple. It is a favorite not only in that particular region but all over the world too. It is a tangy and spicy BBQ sauce which pairs well with almost all types of meat. In fact, it is even used to season greens and salads sometimes. The strong vinegar flavor is balanced perfectly by the fiery taste of the peppers. This is one sauce that can bring the blandest of dishes to life with its fieriness. However, beware; it is not one for those who cannot handle spicy food. The best part about the vinegar pepper sauce is its simplicity and versatility. It can be prepared with minimal effort and used in a wide variety of dishes, not restricted to barbecue.
Read on for a simple BBQ sauce recipe that can be made by beginners as well as veterans in the BBQ world. Get the proportions right and you just cannot go wrong with this sauce. In a matter of about 30 minutes, your sauce will be ready to serve. It can be used both in the grilling process to baste your meat as well as an accompaniment to barbecued meat or any of the side dishes.
1 ½ cups of apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
A pinch of red pepper flakes
10 tablespoons of tomato ketchup
1 tablespoon white sugar
Salt and pepper as per taste
All through this recipe, medium heat is to be used. In a bowl, mix the cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar, red pepper flakes, tomato ketchup, and sugar. Add about half a cup of water or more as required. If you do not want the sauce to be too spicy, you could add a few extra teaspoons of sugar.
Transfer the mixture to a medium-sized sauce pan. Stir the sauce for a while until the sugar begins to dissolve and let it simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes. Once you are sure all of the sugar granules have completely dissolved, it is time to season the sauce. Add salt and pepper according to your preferences. Transfer to a bowl and let it cool for a while. Once it has cooled down, your vinegar pepper sauce is ready to be used.
Use this unique BBQ sauce recipe at your next cook-out and you are sure to impress all your guests.