I don't really grill. Except when it comes to interrogating Hubby. I leave the actual BBQ to the experts. My Hubby and BFF Anita (Rabbi Lawrence'sbetter half) are the grill masters on the block. Come to think of it, in Anita's house she's not only the griller (yes, I realize that’s not really a proper word), she's also the garbage taker outer and the driver and the discipliner (yup, I know that's not correct either… but it flows). Rabbi L just sits and is served, plays good cop with the kids and rides shotgun while she chauffeurs him around town. But she loves it. Anita and Hubby are twins separated at birth. Come to think of it Rabbi L and I are quite similar (aside from the facial hair of course -- I will admit to having NONE!).
So anyhoo they grill and love it and own it. I know my place -- who wants to sweat over a burger anyway? I am the mix master. A good BBQ sauce is the secret to a good BBQ. Mom-in-law aka Grandma puts BBQ sauce in her burgers (ground beef, a few squeezes of bottled Hunt's and some garlic powder) a real family favorite! And while we like our steaks naked aside from some s+p we love slathering up chicken (wings, drumsticks, cutlets - all of it) with some good finger lickin' sauce. It's not so hard to make your own actually. I've got a simple Sweet, Spicy, Smoky Sauce - if you're gonna make it from scratch, you might as well do it up! I also have a fruity Peach BBQ Sauce.
For a great tasting sauce, remember your “S’s”
1. Sweet and Sticky: molasses, maple syrup, ketchup, brown sugar or some combo thereof
2. Sour: vinegars like apple cider, rice, red wine or mustard
3. Salty: kosher salt, soy sauce
4. Seasoning and Smoke: chili, cayenne or smoked paprika for heat, ginger for a kick
5. Star: pick a flavor profile: fruity, Asian, Cajun
Now that we have the sauce, check out what our fellow blogger friends are up to on their grills in our Kosher Connection Recipe Link Up Below.