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2005/01/26 09:44:36 (permalink)

Sauce ON or OFF ?

Here is a subject that will get tongues a waggin'. Do you prefer to apply your own sauce when dining at a BBQ restaurant or do you prefer to have the sauce cooked on?
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    sugarlander
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/26 09:48:09 (permalink)
    Texas-style-----off, add my own, sometimes none is necessary, and sometimes there isn't any available, 'cause it's so tasty by itself.
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/26 10:07:28 (permalink)
    I prefer it cooked on, but with extra on the side! But I'm not all that picky, if it's good, I'll eat it either way!
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/26 10:07:38 (permalink)
    OFF! I personally will not eat any type of "Q" with sauce mixed in, I find that usually all you taste is sauce. I like to try a variety sauces, preferably ones on the spicer side. I think it should be the patrons choice to sauce or not to sauce. My in-laws think the best "Q" is a pork roast cooked in a crockpot until unrecognizable then drenched with Kraft bar-b-que sauce. I refuse to partake. I know alot of people here really like pulled "Q", myself, I prefer sliced.
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/26 10:09:36 (permalink)
    If bbq is sliced, add sauce on your own.

    If bbq is chopped (which is PROPER), it depends on the quality of the sauce. For good sauce, meat should be in the sauce. For so-so sauces or very hot sauces, add to taste.

    Greetings from the rare but unique BBQ region of the yellow sauce! (mustard-base)
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/26 10:21:01 (permalink)
    I don't mind a little cooked on, but I definitely want any additional sauce on the side...
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/26 10:31:38 (permalink)
    I like sauce cooked in with the meat, and extra on the side!
    Yellow sauce rules! Actually I like most any kind of sauce,
    as long as the meat is pork! And preferably pulled, which is the PROPER way to do it.
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/26 10:34:06 (permalink)
    Wow, What a great question! My general rule is that if I want to evaluate the quality of the Q, or trying a new place, it has to be ordered without sauce (or very light cooked on).

    Sauce can mask a lot of blemishes and overpower the tasting. Having said that, if I am going to a place that I really like, I order it with the sauce. That is if they have a good sauce.
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/26 10:38:58 (permalink)
    I guess "pulled" COULD be considered proper depending on where you're from. We have "pulled" here in a minimal number of places. Which rells me, where I'm from sliced is PROPER.
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/26 10:40:50 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Rusty246

    I guess "pulled" COULD be considered proper depending on where you're from. We have "pulled" here in a minimal number of places. Which tells me, where I'm from sliced is PROPER.


    I'm seeing if my edit worked!
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/26 10:52:58 (permalink)
    I like it either way, but need to add that before becoming a Roadfood reader, I was a "sauce on" guy 100%. Actually, before then, I also thought BBQ was defined by the sauce.....
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/26 11:16:58 (permalink)
    Definetly sauce on the side.
    I also find, sauce masks and tends
    to overpower the taste of Q.
    I find myself tasting good sauce with
    my fork but eating my Q in its natural
    state.
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/26 12:27:31 (permalink)
    Ribs: cooked on, but not charred like most backyard grillers do it.
    Shoulder, brisket & all else: on the side
    Sausage: not at all

    All assuming the sauce is good to begin with...
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/26 12:57:54 (permalink)
    The only time I want sauce on 'que is for the pulled pork and if it is the East Carolina vinegar based sauce. Otherwise, I want to eat my 'que with sauce on the side.

    When I do baby back ribs at home, I use the Dinosaur rub recipe and they are so good with just the rub that my daughter in law and I never put any sauce on them. Our family's favorite sauce for at home use is Mullens barbeque sauce which comes from Illinois. It is not too sweet and when you add a little hot pepper sauce it cannot be beat. We order it by the case.
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/26 14:05:49 (permalink)
    I always prefer it on the side so I can taste the meat first without any sauce. Can't hide taste of meat if there is no sauce on it!

    John
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/26 15:39:14 (permalink)
    And how does Mr Pig make it at his place?
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/27 09:38:57 (permalink)
    Always, always- sauce on the side, if at all. I occasionally don't mind a smidegeon of sauce baked on at the end of my ribs- but prefer them on the dry side.

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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/27 10:05:39 (permalink)
    Excellent responses. I serve with sauce off as it is VERY difficult to keep the sauce from burning and even more difficult to hold meat for service with the sauce on. I do not want others determining what amount of sauce I should ingest and I always wonder if the sauce is on, what are they trying to hide? Inferior cuts of meat? Poor cooking process? Just lazy? I like to put just a little sauce on the accentuate the natural flavors of the meat and if the meat is done really well I can also do without the sauce. I barely put a small streak of sauce on the side of my ribs when I eat them. There are some folks that come in our place and literally swim in the sauce and I wonder why? The meats are great and require very little. Then again, some folks like the sauce so well that they steal the botles from the table when they leave.
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/27 12:01:55 (permalink)
    If I see sauce slathered all over my BBQ, I naturally wonder what they’re trying to hide.

    Good Q don’t need no stinkin’ sauce! It would be like ordering a filet mignon and putting A-1 all over it. It just ain’t right!
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/28 07:55:22 (permalink)
    I agree. A lady was in again yesterday and she wanted to know if I had ever started to serve my ribs with the sauce on like the chains and I said no and she was indignant but got my ribs anyway. I have tried to explain that their product is produced elsewhere and is packaged to be heated in a microwave by a teenager with acne that has no culinary skill but again it has fallen on deaf ears.
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/28 08:48:55 (permalink)
    I'm a sauce-on-the-sider, no matter how the Q is prepared (sliced, chopped, pulled, whatever).
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/28 08:56:10 (permalink)
    I like the way the Dinosaur serves them. They finish them over the grill with a glaze of sauce, additional sauce is on the tables.
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/28 12:09:27 (permalink)
    The previous owner of my place always poured the sauce on the meat. I stopped that practice and now keep it in a warmer in a seperate area. This has cut down on the amount of sauce we have to make. I figured it was best to let people get what they want if they wanted it.
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/28 14:40:52 (permalink)
    When I make my own Q I never add sauce and I prefer it that way. Seems like most restaurants already have it in and it is fine that way. For me it's a change of pace.
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/28 15:39:46 (permalink)
    The ONLY WAY (ha ha) is to serve it on the side, and make it hot and spicey please. I like my pork pulled and little on the dry side and my beef sliced.
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/28 17:27:47 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Rapunzll

    I prefer it cooked on, but with extra on the side! But I'm not all that picky, if it's good, I'll eat it either way!


    ^^^ exactly
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/29 09:45:49 (permalink)
    Well, it sounds as if I'm preaching to the choir. Reckon I'm doing like it ought to be and the way I have always done it and consumed it.
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/29 09:58:47 (permalink)
    The sauce goes on the bread of my combination sandwich.
    Ribs can be dipped in a pool before each bite, but you can't drench the whole thing or there's nothing to hold on to. Sauce should never be used in the cooking process.
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/01/31 12:13:42 (permalink)
    Amen Bill
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    RE: Sauce ON or OFF ? 2005/02/03 12:38:20 (permalink)
    Sauce off. I want to taste the Q first.
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