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Original Post by: Regan Burns | Food Network | 06/24/2016


They say the secret’s in the sauce, and we couldn’t agree more — how else can you turn plain grilled chicken, burgers and steaks into something worthy of your Instagram feed? In these grilling sauce recipes, relatively few super-flavored ingredients come together to create something that’s definitely greater than the sum of its parts. There’s nothing left to do but slather it on.
Special Burger Sauce 
This sauce gives burgers a little extra zip that plain old ketchup and mustard just can’t provide. Sweet relish and cider vinegar contribute tang while paprika and other spices add depth. But when someone asks you what’s in it, don’t tell them — it’s a secret!

1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 tablespoons sweet relish
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika

Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, relish, ketchup, vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika in a medium bowl and whisk until well blended.

Recipe courtesy of The Kitchen

Cola Barbecue Sauce
Why buy boring bottled sauce when it’s so easy to make your own? This is your chance to add a signature finish to your smoked brisket or ribs. According to the 5-star reviews, you can personalize this recipe even further by swapping the cola for another variety of soft drink.

4 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus a generous pinch for the garlic
3 cups cola
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 slightly heaping tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus additional for seasoning
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, plus additional for seasoning
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

Smash the garlic cloves, sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt, and, with the flat side of a large knife, mash and smear mixture to a coarse paste.
Stir garlic paste, the 1/4 teaspoon salt, cola, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire, chili powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, and allspice together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until thickened, about 45 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, stir in the lime juice, and season with black pepper and hot sauce, to taste.
Know-How: Barbecue sauces are all about balance: a sweet note offset by sour with a jolt of spice, all of which flourish in a cloud of smoke. There are lots of ways to work this magic-thick, thin, and in-between. Concocting a signature sauce is compulsory in some barbecue circles. Start with this basic riff and play with variations to suit your style.

From Food Network Kitchens Get Grilling, Meredith 2005

Balsamic Steak Sauce 
This rich and tangy sauce was created to accompany porterhouse steaks, but it goes well with just about any cut. Whip up a batch of this homemade condiment, sweetened with honey and flavored with allspice and black pepper, to make plain steaks extra fancy — and extra delicious.

Preheat a grill to high on one side and lightly oil the grate. Season a 2-inch-thick porterhouse steak (3 pounds) with coarse sea salt and pepper. Grill over direct heat for 4 minutes, then rotate the meat 90 and cook 2 more minutes. Repeat on the other side. Move the steak to the cooler part of the grill (position the smaller end away from the heat); cover and cook until the meat reaches 128 to 130 for medium-rare, 12 to 15 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing. To make the sauce, simmer 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 2/3 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup honey, 2 sliced shallots, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon dijon mustard, 1/4 teaspoon allspice, and salt, pepper and sugar to taste until thickened, about 15 minutes. Strain, then whisk in some butter.

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine

Cilantro Lime Mayo
This fresh stir-together sauce requires no cooking but adds major flavor to grilled chicken and fish (especially salmon). Using purchased mayonnaise cuts way down on prep time. Fresh lime juice is crucial.

4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 cup mayonnaise
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Blend all ingredients in food processor except mayonnaise and salt and pepper. Process until cilantro is fine. Add mayonnaise and process just until blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste
Cook’s Note: This sauce is good with any seafood or fish, especially salmon.

Recipes courtesy Libbie Summers

Cider Mop
Mops are used during the cooking process to season meats and help keep them juicy while on the grill. Make a big batch of this spicy apple-infused liquid and stash it in your fridge to add mouthwatering flavor to grilled meats and chicken all week long.

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
2 shallots, peeled and sliced
6 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1 1/2 cups bourbon
1 quart sweet apple cider
1 cup apple jelly
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
1 ⁄2 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 sprigs fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dried sage
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the ginger, shallots, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are soft and brown, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and carefully add the bourbon. Return the pan to the heat and with a wooden spoon scrape up any of the browned bits that cling to the bottom. Add the cider, jelly, molasses, bay leaf, coriander seeds, peppercorns, and sage. Bring to a boil and reduce until the mixture is syrupy and yields about 1 1⁄2 cups, about 1 hour.
Strain and add lemon juice, salt, and black pepper, to taste.

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchens Get Grilling, Meredith 2005

Basil Chimichurri
Chimichurri is a fresh herb sauce that accompanies grilled meats. It’s often made with parsley, but in this version Melissa d’Arabian adds her own fresh spin by throwing basil into the mix. Try it with fish, as she does here, or use it to add a tangy burst of herbal freshness to grilled pork chops or chicken.

1 1/4 cups fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped sweet onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Juice of 1/2 a lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 cherry tomatoes

Combine the basil, parsley, onions, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste in a food processor bowl, and pulse until the ingredients are just combined and chunky.
Preheat the grill on high. Oil the grates well.
For the fish skewers: Thread the marinated fish and squash onto the soaked skewers, 2 pieces of fish per skewer. Place 1 cherry tomato on the end of each skewer. Place on the grill and cook until lightly charred on the outside and the fish is just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
While the fish is still warm, drizzle with a little basil chimichurri and serve more on the side for dipping.

Recipe courtesy of Melissa d’Arabian



Reference Article: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2016/06/6-top-secret-sauces-to-trick-out-your-grilled-meats/

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