When you go to the grocery store or see an advertisement on TV, I guarantee you hear the same phrase all the time. “Simply the best” or “No one beats our sauce” are just some common terms you may see all the time on products or in advertisements. While some products have proven to truly be the best over time, there is one product that will never have a definite answer as to which one is the best.
Enter BBQ sauce. This sauce comes in many different varieties, so many that you can truly never keep count of how many are truly around. The most famous ones are Kansas City sauce, South Carolina Mustard sauce, East Carolina mop sauce, Lexington dip and Texas style sauce, all from the South. Many of the ones that you can buy in the store are variations of a Texas style sauce, and they are mostly a tomato and spices based recipe. These sauces are thicker then most, since they are often not vinegar based sauces.
Even those these sauces are the most popular, there are thousands of variations to these and other lesser known ones. Also, as you would imagine, all of these sauces have a totally different taste, and they are often used on different types of meat traditionally. Many people love to make their own sauces as well, and often look for the “best” recipe to make, since they obviously want to make the best possible food. However, when searching around, a person will quickly find that there will never be the perfect BBQ sauce recipe as it simply doesn’t exist. Here is why.
People all across the nation have different tastes in food. While most of the best and traditional sauces come from the South, that doesn’t mean people up North will like that style of BBQ. Even down South, where BBQ reigns supreme, they can’t agree on the perfect recipe for a sauce as evidenced by all the different varieties they currently make!
Also, not only do tastes vary in different regions, but what you are trying to cook matters as well. Some people like their ribs with a Kansas City sauce, while others will prefer the thicker Texas style sauce. People like pulled pork simmered in a certain sauce, while others simply want to top of the pork at the end with a thicker, sweeter sauce. Again, it all comes down to what works for each person’s palette and even what they are in the mood for that day. Tastes and cravings can change from day-to-day, especially if you haven’t grown up around one certain flavor, like those up North.
In the end, the best way to really experience which BBQ sauce is right for you is by testing all the possible sauces that you can. If you are a true BBQ lover, this may as well be heaven for you. All BBQ sauces that you can find or make are amazing and taste good, so it is all about finding that magical combination that you will crave over and over again. Good luck in your search, as it may be a never ending quest with all of the recipes that are available!