This year we expanded our retail store to sell more than just smokers and grills and outdoor kitchen equipment and pergola accessories. We decided that we wanted to make Patio Galaxy a one-stop-shop for all things barbeque! One of those items we added to our inventory is barbecue sauces Barbecue sauce, also widely known by the abbreviation BBQ sauce, is used as a flavoring sauce, a marinade, basting, or condiment, as well as a topping for meat cooked in the barbecue cooking style, including pork or beef ribs and chicken. It is a common and popular condiment in the Southern United States and is used on many other foods as well, including baked potatoes and beans.
Barbecue sauce ingredients vary widely around the world, but most recipes for this popular sauce includes some sort of variation of vinegar, tomato paste, or mayonnaise (or a combination of all three) as a base, as well as liquid smoke, onion powder, and lots of seasonings and spices such as mustard and black pepper, and sweeteners such as sugar or molasses. Early cookbooks did not typically include recipes for barbecue sauce. The first commercially produced and sold barbecue sauce was made by the Georgia Barbecue Sauce Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Its sauce was advertised for sale in the Atlanta Constitution on January 31, 1909. Heinz released its barbecue sauce in 1940. Kraft Foods also started making cooking oils with bags of spice attached, supplying another market of barbecue sauce.
As you can see, barbecue sauce has a very long history, contributing to its use and popularity around the world.
Every state has their own rendition of barbecue sauce, and it varies slightly to greatly. In East Carolina, most American barbecue sauces can trace their roots to a sauce common in the eastern regions of both Carolinas’. It is often used as a “mopping” sauce to baste the meat while it is cooking and as a dipping sauce when it is served. Thin and sharp, it penetrates the meat and cuts the fats in the mouth. There is little or no sugar in this sauce, which in turn has a noticeably tarter and tangier flavor than most other barbecue sauces.
In Western Carolina, specifically in Lexington and the Piedmont areas of western North Carolina, barbecue sauce is often called a dip. It is like the East Carolina Sauce with the addition of tomato paste, tomato sauce, or ketchup included in it. In South Carolina, barbecue sauce is known as mustard sauce. Part of South Carolina is known for its yellow barbecue sauces made primarily of yellow mustard, vinegar, sugar and spices. This sauce is most common in a belt from Columbia to Charleston, an area settled by many Germans, which explains the mustard, something that Germans put on their famous sourdough pretzels.
In Memphis, barbecue sauce is like the Western Carolina style of sauce, but they use molasses as a sweetener, and then add additional spices. In Kansas City, barbecue sauce is a reddish-brown, tomato-based sauce, and is made with sugar, vinegar, and spices. This barbecue sauce evolved from the Western Carolina, but it is much thicker and sweeter and does not penetrate the meat as much as sit on the surface like a glaze. This is the most common and popular sauce in the United States and the style of most commercial barbecue sauces you find in grocery stores.
In Texas, in most of the older, more traditional restaurants the sauces are heavily seasoned with cumin, chili peppers or chili powder, black pepper, and fresh onion, while using less tomato and sugar. They are medium thick and often resemble a thin tomato soup. These sauces penetrate the meat easily rather than sit on top. Bottled barbecue sauces from Texas are often different from those used in the same restaurants because they do not contain meat drippings that appear after meat has been cooked.
In Alabama, barbecue sauce is called white sauce. In North Alabama barbecue sauce is known for its distinctive white sauce, a mayonnaise-based sauce that also includes apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and black pepper. This barbecue sauce is used predominantly on chicken and pork, and less on red meats.
The brands of barbecue sauce that we carry at our store in Oklahoma, can be used on a wide range of foods. Traeger and Kozmo’s are the most popular brands that we carry and sell most often.
But our full supply includes:
• Jealous Devil
• Smokin Brothers
• Big Cock Ranch
Kosmo’s, a local brand based out of Tuttle, OK, southwest of Oklahoma City, ships their barbecue sauces all over the world. Their products have become the staple among competition BBQ masters everywhere!
Some of the many flavors include:
• Apple Chipotle
• Peach Habenero
• Sweet Smoke
• Honey Jalapeno
• Texas Spicy
• Summer Shandy
• Sugar Lips
You can try our Kosmo’s barbecue sauce on this recipe:
KOSMO’S SWEET & SPICY PULLED PORK
- 8 large Plain hamburger buns
- 4 cups Pulled pork
- 1 cup Sweet Apple Chipotle BBQ Sauce – Kosmo’s Q
- 2 cups Pineapple slaw (recipe follows)
- Pineapple Slaw
- 1 bag (16 oz) Tri-color slaw
- 1/2 cup Pineapple, crushed and drained
- 1/3 cup Buttermilk
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 3 Tbsp Mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp Canola oil
- 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp Garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp Celery salt
- 1/2 tsp Black pepper, ground fresh
- 1/8 tsp Dirty Bird Hot Rub
- 2 tsp Lemon juice, squeezed fresh
- Combine all the slaw ingredients, except the slaw mix, in a large mixing bowl and whisk until all the
dressing ingredients are smooth and well-incorporated
- Add the slaw and fold it in so that it is evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate two to four hours, stirring
- Warm the sauce and buns
- Top each bun with half a cup of heated pork, two tablespoons of sauce, and a quarter cup of slaw
If you need a place to safely store your collection of barbecue sauces, our cedar TV cabinets have a space inside that is perfect for conveniently holding everything from your rubs to your remote controls, and cell phones, and there is enough space for cable boxes. Our very own custom, well-designed, handcrafted cedar TV cabinets have been copied, but the competitors’ styles cannot live up to the quality of ours. They give people the option of placing their TV outside while being protected from the elements, but also to act as an accessory to their projects, and in many instances, the focal point of their outdoor kitchens. We have spent years perfecting our cedar TV cabinets, and giving our customers the options of what size, style, and stain color, they prefer. What sets our cabinets apart is how they are made, their ability to keep dirt and moisture out, and the warranty that comes with them.
You can order all your barbecue sauces as well as our popular cedar TV cabinets on our website at www.patiogalaxy.com or you can call one of our retail sales associates and place your order over the phone (844) 476-4652. We also have an 18,000 square foot indoor and outdoor showroom at 7940 NW 39th Expressway Bethany, Oklahoma where we have individual appliances and full kitchens on display so that you can see and handle the products in person. We also have a Man Cave where we sell a wide variety of different sauces, rubs, and dusts for the meats that you will be cooking in your outdoor kitchen, as well as all the most popular brands of lump coal. Our tasting bar allows you to try before you buy, and you can ask your salesperson about our current specials!