Barbecue. It's a true American tradition. People call it barbecue, barbeque, BBQ, Bar-B-Q, Bar-B-Cue and any other number of variations. We won't even get into the ever-raging controversy over what constitutes genuine barbecue. Is it pork only? Beef? What about chicken? How long must you cook it? Do you cook in a pit or over a grill? The details and meaning of barbeque differ tremendously from region to region.
There is one thing on which we can all agree, though. One of the secrets to lip-smacking, finger-licking barbecue is the sauce. Whether you buy it at the store or make your own, barbecue sauce comes in hundreds of varieties. Different regions of the United States prefer different types of barbecue sauce. But just about every single sauce has a base of either tomato, mustard or vinegar. With many containing liquid smoke to give them that smoked flavor. We'll discuss the five most popular varieties on the next few pages.
So fire up the barbecue and let's get to it!