23 August 2010

BBQ Sauce: Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory & Brown Sugar

Week 3 of our Monday Sweet Baby Ray's spotlight features Hickory & Brown Sugar.  This is one of the more overlooked SBR flavors, but it's still worth giving a shot.

FLAVOR - Dominating hickory, with the usual SBR tacky-sweetness and a salty, smoky finish
CONSISTENCY - Thick and sticky with a smooth pour
APPEARANCE - Dark brown, with visible black pepper flakes when spread thin

SMELL - Pure sweet hickory
AVAILABILITY - Readily available

INGREDIENTS - HFCS, distilled vinegar, tomato paste, modified food starch, brown sugar, salt, natural smoke flavor, pineapple juice concentrate, spices, caramel color, sodium benzoate, molasses, corn syrup, garlic, sugar, tamarind, natural flavor

I really like to use Hickory & Brown Sugar on ribs and chicken.  I'll usually reduce it over low heat until it's a sticky, gooey consistency...this is where the brown sugar works its magic...and it's perfect for coating meat.

Note:  Of all seven Sweet Baby Ray's flavors, Hickory & Brown Sugar is probably my least favorite.  That said, I still use it, usually exclusively on grilled foods.

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