If you have any kind of food industry business in the Southwest, then you know that serving mouth watering BarBQ is a big part of that business. Texas has become synonymous with great smoky barbeque and few cities have a reputation like Houston BBQ for the best taste of all. But how can you, as a restaurant owner, get that wonderful smoky BarBQ taste for your own brand? There is always a special ingredient in every barbeque that is worth its blue ribbons. Let’s take a look at what some of the real winners in the battle for the barbeque have done to gain their reputation.
It’s In the Sauce
While it is true that the best barbeque is the one with a great sauce, what is in that sauce can vary from cook to cook. I have heard of everything from crushed pineapple to cherry preserves to tamarind chutney to give it that special sweetness. Of course, a bit of vinegar is required and many swear by the tart taste of a bit of citrus zest. Whatever you put in your sauce, make sure it balances the sweet with the tart so neither one overpowers the other.
It’s in the Smoke
While not everyone smokes the barbeque they serve, it is pretty much expected that commercial high end BBQ will include a smoked variety. How you smoke it will determine the flavor and also the extra ingredients from the smoke that you may not want in your BarBQ. Wood smoke is often favored for adding that extra taste from the wood vapor. Charcoal can be used along with wood pellets to give it that wooden smoky flavor with a little less of the contaminants you can get from simple wood smoking. It will burn hotter than wood, so be sure to watch your meats carefully. Both of these methods will give your BarBQ a nice smoky flavor highly prized by experts in the field.
Go for the Best
Barbeque is not for the faint of heart. It is bound to include long hours before a hot grill, caring for that side of beef like it was your own creation. In many ways, it actually is as you transform an ordinary side of beef or set of ribs into a culinary creation. So whether you spend your hours mastering that secret barbeque sauce or combining that perfect wood smoke, making the barbeque your own masterpiece is the best approach when planning that culinary treat called Texas barbeque.