One of the secrets of world-class barbecue is consistent and conscientious basting while the meat is cooking. The traditional tool for basting is literally a kitchen mop, but more and more pit jockeys are using spray bottles or misters. Here’s a simple baste that’s short on preparation time but long on flavor. The recipe was inspired by a Memphis-based barbecue team I met a few years back called Crispy Critters.
Step 1: Combine all the ingredients in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce for 5 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. Transfer the squirt to a spray bottle and use right away or refrigerate. Use within 1 or 2 days of making.
You wouldn’t want to eat this stuff straight, but spray it on roasting or smoking meat and it adds a world of flavor. I put the “squirt” in a spray bottle and spray it right on the meat. Alternatively, brush it on with a mop or basting brush. When cooking chicken or ribs, apply every 30 minutes. When cooking a large cut of meat (like a brisket or pork shoulder), apply every hour.
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