Fire up the grill, it’s time to invite the neighbors over and welcome the season with an outdoor soiree! Summertime means relaxed and carefree get-togethers coupled with sunny days and balmy nights, the perfect combination for laid-back meals outdoors.
Whether you’re grilling on the deck, prepping for a pool party, or gathering friends for an outdoor dinner party, figuring out what recipes to mix and match to create the perfect menu can be a challenge. However, one staple for every All-American cookout that no serious griller should go without is a flavor- infusing, homemade BBQ sauce that can turn any chicken, pork or beef dish into a mouthwatering meal.
Using a BBQ sauce when grilling infuses flavor into the meat, ensuring a delicious meal that will leave everyone wanting more. From cola to coffee and molasses to mustard, these recipes contain ingredients that you might already have stocked in your pantry or cabinets.
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Here is one of several homemade BBQ recipes that can be found at Food Network and is a sure fire way to get people asking for the recipe.
Cola Barbecue Sauce Recipe
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- 4 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus a generous pinch for the garlic
- 3 cups cola
- 1 1/2 cups ketchup
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 slightly heaping tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus additional for seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, plus additional for seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
Smash the garlic cloves, sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt, and, with the flat side of a large knife, mash and smear mixture to a coarse paste.
Stir garlic paste, the 1/4 teaspoon salt, cola, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire, chili powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, and allspice together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until thickened, about 45 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, stir in the lime juice, and season with black pepper and hot sauce, to taste.
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