Barbecues take the Sauce
Not many people may know when dipping the chicken pieces or steaks into a nice thick sticky barbecue sauce, that there is a whole lot of good stuff going on in our bodies too. The benefits of herbs and spices have been well publicised, and according to Canadian University studies, barbecue sauces contain high level concentrations of antioxidants, which are needed to boost immune systems, resulting in a perfect way to keep healthy while enjoying a favourite marinade or sauce. By adding extra fruit and vegetables to a tangy teriyaki or a heavenly honey and garlic creation, our bodies are gaining vital extra ammunition against the “free radical” molecules which are closely related to so many diseases. Although cooking reduces the antioxidant qualities by about half in the sauce, there still is evidence of significant amounts of health boosting compounds even after barbecue cooking.
It is easy nowadays to visit the Oriental or American sections of the supermarkets and discover a wealth of tempting bottles and cartons mixes and jars, but with a little imagination or selecting from the thousands of different recipes online, you can gain a unique and self-branded tasty sauce to use time and time again. A little experimentation can make your barbecue one to remember just by using unusual flavourings to complement your dishes.
Barbecue sauces open up a whole world of terrific tastes which melt, zing or sweeten your taste buds and it is worth a few trial sessions to get exactly the right combination to add to the cooked meats and fishes, which can result in a whole new section in your recipe book. Sauces can be used in a variety of ways, prepare before the barbecue starts glowing and use as a starter to dip any number of delights into them, or pour over to bring a touch of the Caribbean or Japanese juicy bite to your spare ribs.
From Australia to Asia there are any number of barbecue sauces to be created and by preparing a basic sauce, different ingredients can be added to add an international flavour to your al fresco living. Start with a basic sauce, like this one
- Serves: 12
- 4 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 120ml (4 fl oz) ketchup
- 120ml (4 fl oz) water
- 3 tablespoons caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
Now the fun begins, begin to look at herbs and spices to add to your sauce and blend together, choose from wide variety of tastes, and create a custom made barbecue sauce with your own idea and brand on it. Choose chilli for a little extra tang, or lemon for a zest to your chicken, you can even introduce beer or for a really sticky fingered oriental touch, one of the most popular recipes includes the basic addition of cola.
Whatever aromas, tastes or sizzle you want fancy, remember the sauce is doing you good inside and out, so be brave and have fun, and you never know what flavours you will discover.