Deb’s Best Rib Sauce Recipe

Thick or thin? Spicy or Sweet? Red or White?  Southern barbeque and rib sauces are as varied as the people who use them. Here’s the lowdown on ‘the secret’ sauce and seasoning rubs.

  • White Sauce: An Alabama favorite, developed by Bob Gibson almost 80 years ago, served with smoked chicken, its a mayonnaise-vinegar sauce, creamy and delish!
  • Yellow Sauce: South Carolina’s claim to fame, brought to them back in the 1700′s when the Germans settled there. (Makes a great marinade for ribs too!)
  • Red Sauce: Tomato based and can range from deep dark brown to rusty red in color. The most common variety, but only came to prominence after the invention of Ketchup back in the early 1900′s. Texas folks love a thick red, sweet sauce on brisket. That is if they sauce that brisket at all! Folks in Memphis who love ‘wet’ ribs slather on the red stuff. Obviously, Ketchup and vinegar form the base, the addition of things like molasses, Worcestershire sauce or chili sauce, change the flavor and color.
  • Clear Sauce:  Peppery, vinegar type sauces are mostly found in areas like the OBX of North Carolina, the shores of South Carolina and Georgia and Virginia.  Red pepper gives this its zing!
  • Black Sauce: Perhaps the least known of any sauce, only found (that I know of ) in Kentucky. Used as a dipping sauce for mutton barbecue , this one is traditionally made with vinegar, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce.

And for the purists… Rubs take the spotlight!… 

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Deb’s Home Made Baked Beans Easy

In the south, certain foods, just go together. Like peas and carrots. So when the hunter gatherer came home from a trip to the local Wal-Mart with a prize catch of Spare-ribs, I knew I had to cook baked beans to go with. This simple to follow recipe is one that’s been around forever, I think.  But its not only good, its frugal. A one pound  bag of navy beans (which is what’s in those cans you buy) is usually around 88 cents. The additional ingredients won’t run you much over a couple of bucks if you have to go out and buy anything. Odds on the items are on your shelf or in your larder now!

I add in a few things you might have questions about like baking soda (I never cook dry beans without it) and ginger and cinnamon. Sure you can make these beans without the two spices, but I’ll guarantee, once you’ve tasted the beans with the two you won’t ever go back to plain ole beans!

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