Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Beef or Pork, We've Got You Covered
When people talk about barbecue in North Carolina, they mean pork, usually slow-cooked in a smoker (for shoulders or butts) or pig cooker (for whole hogs) until it's tender enough to pull off the bone with little effort. Vinegar plays a dominant role in North Carolina BBQ sauces regardless of whether you're in the western or Piedmont part of the state--where the vinegar is tempered with tomato and often sugar as well--or in the east where usually only peppery spices and salt are mixed in and most folks turn up their nose at the notion of adding tomatoes. Even in the southeastern or "low country" part of the state as well as in South Carolina, where mustard is as prevalent as vinegar, the word "barbecue" refers to pork.
As one would expect, the best Carolina style BBQ sauces tend to be made in the Carolinas. But once in a while, you run into an exception to this general rule--and Ole Ray's Pork-O-Licious Barbeque Sauce is one of those rare exceptions. This is an old-fashioned low-country style sauce made with mustard blended with tomatoes, brown sugar, cider vinegar and several savory ingredients for a robust savory-sweet flavor that finishes with a tangy, peppery zip. Perfect for Carolina pulled pork BBQ, Ole Ray's Pork-O-Licious BBQ Sauce is also superb as a marinade, basting and grilling sauce for all sorts of pork, from ribs and chops to loins and cutlets. Whether you're cooking outdoors or at the stove, if pork (or wild boar!) is on the menu, you won't go wrong by selecting this pork-friendly sauce with a Southern accent.
Outside of the Carolinas and especially in Texas, "barbecue" usually refers to beef. If you enjoy a good grilled steak or slow-cooked beef brisket and are looking for just the right sauce to complement the natural flavors of your meat, Ole Ray's Steak & Brisket Sauce is an excellent choice. Inspired by the sauces served at Texas BBQ joints, Ole Ray's Steak & Brisket Sauce masterfully blends and balances tomato, mustard and Worcestershire sauce with honey, a splash of apple juice and other carefully selected ingredients for down-home flavor that will enhance beef in all its forms, without overpowering the meat. Use this classic sauce as a marinade, grilling or mopping sauce, or at the table with everything from beef ribs to brisket, steak, London broil, and even buffalo, venison, and other exotic meats. One taste and you'll understand why Ole Ray's Steak & Brisket Sauce was selected as a winner of a 2010 National Best-of-the-Best Championship Sauce award.
Both Ole Ray's Pork-O-Licious BBQ Sauce and Ole Ray's Steak & Brisket Sauce are currently on sale at the Carolina Sauces online store.