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Spilling the Sauce: Which Regional BBQ Sauce Reigns Supreme?
BBQ preference is intensely personal, and how you barbecue is more likely a result of where you live than any other factor. The United States has dozens of regional variations of BBQ. Have you ever wondered which is best?
There are four dominant BBQ styles in the US and here's how they differ:
Kansas City-style BBQ uses a mix of all meats and cuts, as well as a mix of wood fuel. But it's primarily known for its BBQ Chicken and Ribs.
Sauce Style: Sweet Tomato-based with Molasses.
Pork is the meat of choice in Memphis-style BBQ. Its most famous dish is Pork Ribs, both wet (slathered in sauce) and dry (dry rubbed with seasoning), cooked over Hickory wood.
Sauce Style: Tomato and Vinegar-based.
Everything is bigger in Texas, and that also goes for its BBQ. Texas BBQ is primarily beef cooked over Oak wood. Sliced Beef Brisket is perhaps the most popular Texas BBQ dish.
Sauce Style: Spicy and Tangy Tomato-based with some sweetness.
Whether you're in North or South Carolina, you'll find BBQ is usually pork meat cooked over either Hickory or Oak wood. Pulled Pork is the dish best known throughout the region. But when it comes to sauce styles, that's where the North and the South diverge paths.
Sauce Styles: Vinegar-based or Tomato-based in North Carolina, while South Carolina prefers a Mustard-base.
Decide for yourself which regional BBQ sauce is best. For five uniquely delicious recipes for True Texas, Kansas City-Style, Memphis-Style and Carolina BBQ sauces, click here.
And be sure to post a comment below to voice your choice for favorite BBQ sauce style.
BBQ Sauce: Another Perspective
Sometimes great BBQ flavor doesn't require allegiance to a specific state or region. For our money, one of the best BBQ sauce recipes ever conceived is from Chef Edward Lee, winner of Iron Chef America and Chicago Brick Oven CBO-750 owner. Check out this video recipe for his amazing 22-Ingredient BBQ Sauce. You're welcome!