Memphis barbecue sauce is magic on ribs or pulled pork! Here are our favorite easy, flavor-packed, homemade barbecue sauce recipes from the barbecue pork capital of America.
The Memphis barbecue has evolved over many generations from recipes brought by the emigrants who settled on the banks of the great river trade port of Memphis, Tennessee.
The Memphis barbecue sauce is best known for its simplicity, and does not overwhelm the wonderful smoked flavor of the traditional barbecued pork.
Pork was the settler's meat staple, and each culture that migrated to Memphis brought their unique method of preparation. This often included a simple barbecue sauce (finishing sauce) to be applied by the folks during the feast.
Today a Memphis barbecue sauce includes the base ingredients of the original recipes, i.e., vinegar, mustard, pepper and tomato, and provides a barbecue sauce with a "Twang". It's not too sweet, too thick, too spicy, or too anything. Just darn good!
We believe that homemade barbecue sauce is just plain fun and that anybody can follow one of these traditional style barbecue sauce recipe ideas to secure your backyard barbecue fame.
The "Cookin' Cousins" (Bob and Jack) were raised in western America and were not introduced to the great Memphis barbecue until the 1980's. We love it all, but our experimentation with the sauce did not produce the same results the Memphis folks served, so....
We have "borrowed" some basic Memphis barbecue sauce recipes, and through some experimentation suggested from the Memphis natives, produced the Memphis barbecue sauce we love.
Experiment with ingredients to make it uniquely yours (as we have), follow our Barbecue Rub Secrets advice on spices, and enjoy the wonderful experience of a homemade barbecue sauce, Memphis style!
This first recipe is a classic Memphis style barbecue sauce that has all of the characteristics we like in a barbecue sauce, i.e.; it doesn't overwhelm the meat, and is delicious!
Mix all ingredients, except Ketchup, until the sugar is dissolved. Add ketchup, bring to simmer and cook for about 20 minutes. Simple but great!
Here is a flavor packed recipe that can be adjusted to your heart's desire!
Mix all ingredients, except Ketchup, until the sugar is dissolved. Add ketchup, bring to simmer and cook for about 20 minutes.
Until the 19th century, molasses was the sweetener most used. It was much cheaper than refined sugar, and offered considerably more flavor to recipes. Here is a recipe that gives a more traditional barbecue sauce experience. We love it.
You can just blend the ingredients, and serve. Simmering the sauce for about 15 to 20 minutes will enhance the flavor.
Now here is a delightful variation to the previous recipes. It's got the "twang"!
Mix all ingredients, except butter, until the sugar is dissolved, add butter, bring to simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes.