Making A Signature Barbecue Sauce For Your Next Catering Event
If you have a large event that you want to serve food at, then it is wise to hire a catering service to provide the food. A catering business will not only know how much food is required based on the guest count, but they will know how to provide ample food in a timely and cost effective manner. However, if you like to cook yourself, then you might want to add your own signature touch to the meal. If this sounds like a great plan, then keep reading to make and prepare the sauce for the event.
Use The Right Ingredients
To start making your barbecue sauce, you will need to make a small batch to perfect the taste. Afterwards, a larger batch can be created for the grilled meat on the day of the event. You will need to first start with the sauce base. There are several different common bases you can choose from, and these include vinegar, mustard, and tomato sauce. If you want to start with vinegar, then opt for apple cider vinegar. This will give the sauce a sour taste with a hint of sweet apples. If you choose mustard, then opt for a brown variety if you want a spicy and robust sauce, and pick yellow mustard if you want a sweet or tame barbecue flavor. Start with tomato sauce if you want an acidic and sweet taste. You can work with a canned sauce or you can create your own by peeling, heating, and simmering tomatoes on the stove.
Once you choose your base, place two cups in a bowl. You should choose the secondary ingredient at this point that will make up a large portion of the sauce. Many people either choose spicy or sweet ingredients. A few options include honey, brown sugar, molasses, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, and red chili peppers. If you do not want to go with a traditional sweet or spicy taste, then a bold flavor like lemon, garlic, soy sauce, or lemon juice can be used instead. If you use a sweet ingredient, then think about adding about one-half to one cup to the sauce. For a spicy ingredient, one-half teaspoon is likely enough. You should start with a tablespoon of lemon juice and other bold tasting ingredients. Taste the sauce and add more of the base or the secondary ingredient based on your taste preference.
At this point, you should start adding small amounts of other ingredients that will contrast with the tastes that are already in the sauce. For example, if you just added honey, then sprinkle a small amount of cayenne pepper or garlic into the sauce. If you added a spice already, then try a tablespoon of honey. Experiment with ingredients and taste as you go. Do not forget to add a sprinkle of salt and pepper at the end and also make sure to write down the ingredients and the measurements of each one.
Get Ready For The Event Day
If you are feeding a small crowd, then you will need to make sure that you make more than enough sauce for all of the people attending the party. However, it can be extremely difficult to figure out how much is actually needed. A good rule of thumb is to make about two tablespoons of sauce for every serving of food. If 50 people are coming to the event, then you will need 100 tablespoons of sauce. Since there are 16 tablespoons in a cup, this will end out to be about six and one-quarter cups of sauce. If you want thick sauce to cover the meat, then make a few extra cups. If you caterers do not end up using it, then patrons can use the extra if they want more.
If the meat will be grilled, then the caterers will likely place the sauce on the meat as it finishes cooking. This will keep the sauce from burning. Just make sure that the cooks have the sauce when they start the grill. This will allow the sauce to warm to room temperature and it will be ready when the cooks need it. For more information on bar-b-que catering, contact a company like Bassett Caterers.