Lunchbreak: Basic BBQ sauce

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Real Urban Barbecue
610 Central Avenue
Highland Park

1260 S. Milwaukee Avenue
Vernon Hills

Basic BBQ Sauce

2 cups Heinz Ketchup
1/2 cup dark brown sugar * (we prefer Dominos)
2 Tablespoons of cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons of molasses
1 teaspoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon of cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
3 hits of Tabasco

Combine ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, let cool and serve.

Once the base of your sauce is complete, you can toss in blueberries, cherries or your favorite seasonal produce for a subtle fruity flavor, or your favorite herbs and spices depending on your personal tastes.

For a sweet sauce, go for a Kansas City style sauce made from a ketchup base with molasses and brown sugar.

For a great beef compliment, opt for a spicier Texas style sauce that incorporates chili powders, cumin and chili flakes into a sweet base.

Piedmont style sauces are known for their excellent accompaniment to pork because they are vinegar based with a thin consistency and a tangy flavor

Another great pair with pork is the vinegar and mustard based sauce often found in the Southern Carolinas

When barbecuing ribs, opt for the unique and tasty dry rub made popular in Memphis.

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