Carolina BBQ Sauce Recipe
Summer is finally here, and nothing says summer like the sizzle of the grill! Chef Varga has just the Carolina BBQ sauce recipe to make all your grilling ventures a crowd-pleaser!
When the days turn long and the weather (finally!) turns hot, we all want to savor the warmth as much as possible. Cookouts are the perfect way to celebrate any occasion – from a June graduation party, to an August family reunion. Set out some lawn games like horseshoes or corn hole and your guests will be entertained all day!
Whether you’re hosting a weekend cookout for the entire extended family, or just preparing dinner in your backyard, JDK’s Executive Chef, Josh Varga, wants your grill fare to sear with flavor! He believes that one cookout staple you should always have grillside is a signature BBQ sauce. In honor of making your summer one to savor, he decided to release his secret Carolina BBQ Sauce recipe. Perfected in the South and preserved to produce for us up North, Chef Varga’s Carolina BBQ Sauce is the perfect addition to your grilling menu!
Try out his recipe below and learn about some of his helpful grilling tips!
CAROLINA BBQ SAUCE
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp pepper sauce
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients into a small pot and bring to a boil. Stir until all the salt and sugar is dissolved. Yields 16oz.
Some helpful grilling tips:
- Charcoal is better than gas because it will provide a more smokey flavor
- Always salt your meat at least 30 minutes prior to grilling; this will help tenderize the meat
- Use your marinade to brush the meat while grilling but never use it for a finishing sauce because of the raw juices
- Always let your grill heat to the temperature completely before putting any meat on. The sizzling sound you hear when you put your meat on the grill is what helps keep all the juices inside.
- Cut an onion in half and dip it in oil. Use the oiled onion to oil your grill grates before cooking, it will add extra flavor and keep your food from sticking
Chef Varga also recommends grilling vegetables as a side to your main course. Corn on the cob, asparagus, zucchini, and mushrooms pair well with just about anything grilled. Bread is another fun food to throw on the grill, especially flatbreads. They toast very well and are great for sopping up the extra savory sauce on your plate!
Enjoy testing out this recipe and grill tips! Show us your grilling successes by using the hashtag, #summer2savor, on Instagram!