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Make your own barbecue sauce

Why buy bottles of BBQ sauce?  You can whip up 2 tablespoons or 2 pints as needed with just ketchup, vinegar, spice rub and a dash of Worcestershire sauce.

I was recently experimenting with juicing up Pigs in a Blanket with Sweet Heat spice rub. While the Pigs were baking, I got out a small bowl and put in equal parts ketchup, vinegar, a glug of Worcestershire sauce and Sweet Heat. It took all of 2 minutes to make a great dipping sauce.

So below are some ideas for using Zest Coast rubs (or your own for that matter) to craft your own barbecue sauce or make a quick dipping sauce for shrimp or cocktail party treats. 

 

Cap'n Tip: Using the rub that you seasoned the meat with is sure to complement your final product. Sure, you can make a more intricate sauce by sauteing this and that, but that is time consuming, messy and a bother for me usually.  Often when I get around to needing sauce, I prefer to focus on beverages. 

Basic BBQ Sauce Recipe 
2 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Zest Coast spice rub of choice, add more to taste
Here's how some of the different mixes pair up. We'll be adding some specific quanties in the near future.  The Captain just does it by feel.
Zest Coast Sweet Heat -- A great all-around mix for BBQ sauce to use on ribs, pork, chicken or chops. 
Zest Coast Original BBQ Rub -- Another versatile spice mix that's a good mix of flavors to use in any sauce for grilled chicken, ribs, chops or as a tangy condiment.
Zest Coast Carolina BBQ Rub -- Add it to cider vinegar to create an authentic eastern NC style pig sauce. For western (Lexington) NC style you cut the vinegar with ketchup.  For Carolina gold (central SC style) add Mustard instead of ketchup.
Zest Coast Memphis BBQ Rub  -- After using this dry rub to make authentic Memphis-style ribs, use the Memphis BBQ Rub to make a barbecue sauce to finish the ribs. It is also great a sauce for anything pork and good on chicken.  
Zest Coast Beef BBQ Rub --  This peppery steak rub makes a good base for a BBQ sauce for beef ribs or brisket.