Last night, we had friends over for pulled pork barbecue. I’m always looking for good sauce recipes to try, because I feel like bbq sauce from the grocery store is kind of like salad dressing from the grocery store; never as good as you want it to be. And the nice thing about barbecue sauce is that it is easy to make! Oh, and nice thing #2 – most of the ones I’ve tried require ingredients I already have around the house.
Last night, I made these two:
South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce from Our Best Bites
Franklin’s Barbecue Sauce from Dinner: A Love Story
If given the choice, I always go for the mustard sauce – and this one was not a disappointment. I held back a little on the Tabasco, but I think next time, I’ll use exactly what she calls for, because it could have been spicier. But otherwise, it is perfect in my opinion – sweet, tangy, and thin so that it stirs into the pork really well. And you don’t even have to cook it, which is a bonus when your kitchen is already hot from the slow cooker simmering the pork butt all day long.
While I always go for mustard sauce, George rarely does. Plus, with barbecue, I think it’s fun to serve more than one sauce, so people can choose their favorite or try one of each. So I made the Franklin’s red sauce too. I’m embarrassed to say other than one finger dip before serving, I didn’t really try it – at least not with any meat. But George thought it was great, and our company appeared to enjoy it too, so I’ll be giving it a try with leftovers tonight!