Sauces, Mops, Rubs, Seasonings

Mops and rubs give flavor to barbecued meat before or during cooking, and seasonings and sauces give flavor during cooking or after. Each region will have its own favorite flavors and sauces. Mop Sauces Mop sauces are thin and acidic and are used to baste meats during cooking, especially pork, as it slow cooks. Since most mops have little or no sugar, they can baste all throughout the cooking time without fear it will burn. Mops are typically applied with a miniature version of a cotton mop since it soaks up the thinner sauces better than a standard bristle or silicone brush. The vinegary flavor helps to cut the fat flavor in the finished product. A typical recipe for a mop sauce can be as simple as vinegar (white or cider vinegar), chili pepper flakes, and salt and pepper. Spiced up versions contain spices or herbs, lemon peel, a little sweetness to cut down the vinegar (like a bit of white or brown sugar, maple syrup or honey), and melted butter or beef stock for richness and flavor. If you want to use the same mop sauce recipe for basting as serving at the table, make sure you keep the sauce for mop basting separate as this will inevitably have raw meat juices in it picked up during the mopping process and you don’t want to cross contaminate. Rubs There are two kinds of rubs: dry rubs and wet rubs. Dry rubs are simply a mixture of dry ingredients rubbed on meats before cooking. Wet rubs are dry rubs with a bit of moisture to make them spreadable or...

Caramelized Sugar and Spice Seasoning

Adapted from a 1997 Food Arts article, this sweet and spicy seasoning is great for dusting poultry, seafood, beef, pork, and even veggies. For caramelized sugar primer, visit David Lebovitz’s no-nonsense dry cooking sugar tutorial. Caramelized Sugar and Spice Seasoning 2015-01-17 12:55:39 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 kilo sugar 50g whole star anise 50g whole caraway seed 10g whole cardamom 10g whole coriander 5g whole cloves 5g ground cinnamon 5g mace 3 whole vanilla beans Instructions Heat the sugar in a heavy-bottom saucepot until the caramelized sugar reaches a medium caramel state (do not burn the sugar - just melt it completely and cook until it reaches dark brown). Add in the spices and cook for about a minute. Pour on a silicone sheet lined sheet pan, and let cool. Once it is hard, grind up the caramelized sugar and spices in a spice grinder or blender until fine. Store in an airtight container until needed. All Qd Up http://www.allqdup.com/     All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...

Curry and Cumin Sprinkle

This simple and salt-free seasoning mix is perfect for grilled seafood and poultry. Curry and Cumin Sprinkle 2015-01-17 12:53:31 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1/2 cup curry powder 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander Instructions Mix the ingredients together, and store in an airtight container away from sunlight. All Qd Up http://www.allqdup.com/ All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...

Basic Sugar Cure

This basic large batch sugar cure contains paprika, chili powder, garlic, and dried herbs. Basic Sugar Cure 2015-01-17 12:51:56 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds brown sugar 8 ounces white sugar 1 1/2 cups paprika 1/2 cup Kosher salt 1/2 cup chili powder 1/4 cup granulated garlic 1/2 cup dried oregano 1/2 cup dried basil 1/8 cup dried thyme 1/8 cup dried celery seed 1 1/2 tablespoons cayenne pepper Instructions Mix all the ingredients, and use for cure. All Qd Up http://www.allqdup.com/   All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...

Dry Jerk Rub

This dry jerk seasoning is a spicy mix of ground chile and spices. Dry Jerk Rub 2015-01-17 12:49:53 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 2 tablespoons onion powder 1 tablespoon allspice 1 tablespoon ground thyme 2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 teaspoons ground cloves 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon ground hot chile (habanero is spiciest, cayenne will do otherwise) 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg Instructions Combine all the ingredients together, and store in an airtight container away from sunlight. All Qd Up http://www.allqdup.com/ All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...