Top | Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
(recipe, John Stage & Nancy Radke)
Just like the name says, this is the basis — the true mother of all the sauces we have in this book. It is a balanced blend of sweet, savory, spicy, and smoky flavors that acts as our leapin’ off point for creating a world of barbecue sensations. It can even stand alone as a traditional slatherin’ sauce for ribs and chicken.
Variation: Hot BBQ Sauce Add 2 or 3 seeded and minced habañero peppers (about 1 1/2 teaspoons to 1 Tablespoon) along with the onions, peppers, and jalapeños. Also add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper along with the other ingredients for extra punch. Working with habañeros can cause plenty of personal pain and suffering if you’re not careful. Never touch the cut flesh or seeds with your bare hands. While it won’t sting your hands (unless you’ve got a cut), the volatile oils from the peppers get into your pores and can be transferred to your eyes or other moist, sensitive areas on your body long after you’re done cookin’. Even washing your hands doesn’t help. So wear latex gloves while working with habañeros and be sure to protect your hands while cleaning up your cutting board and knife as well. Then toss out the gloves.