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When Do I Add Sauce To My BBQ?

By Published On: March 31st, 2021Categories: Latest blogs0 Comments on When Do I Add Sauce To My BBQ?

One element of skilled BBQ-ing is knowing when to add bbq sauce to your meat. This, as is often the case with BBQ, is a question of timing.

Whether you’re grilling beef, ribs, or chicken, the precise moment at which you’ll add sauce to your BBQ depends partly on your own tastes. However, there are a few rules that BBQ chefs, from beginners to seasoned chefs, tend to follow.

BBQ: When Should I Add Sauce to my Beef?

When cooking meat, is it better to add sauce before or after grilling – and which approach will get more savory results? With beef, your best move is usually to apply the sauce before the meat hits the grill, or early on in the grilling process. Slice the meat lightly, so the sauce can seep in, and add it soon enough that it can cook into the meat. Add more sauce, to taste, during and after your beef grills.

Quick Reminder:

To completely BBQ your meat to Medium – get the best meat thermometer.

BBQ: When Should I Add Sauce to my Ribs?

Sometimes, the best things really do come to those who wait. When adding sauce to pulled pork or pork ribs, the consensus is that, if you’re patient and wait until near the end of the process, you’re likely to get more pleasing results.

With pork ribs, you’ll want to avoid applying sauce until near the end of the process, after your meat has cooked for a while. This helps preserve the smoky flavor that will help your ribs distinguish themselves. And if you’re using a sweet sauce, it’s important to make sure the sauce doesn’t burn, which you can do by applying it near the end. Ideally, you should warm the sauce in a pan, or in the microwave, before you apply it to the ribs. Using a brush, apply a few thin coatings, being careful not to smother the meat.

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Quick Reminder:

To get your Ribs perfect – note that in order to get that perfect melt you will need to get your ribs to 195 – 200 degrees Fahrenheit. 

BBQ: When Should I Add Sauce to my Chicken?

Can you put BBQ sauce on raw chicken? Ideas on how to use BBQ sauce when cooking chicken vary between chefs, but if you’re just starting, it may be smarter to wait.

When it comes to chicken, some people apply sauce right away and then keep adding more as the cooking process goes on. However, adding too much sauce too soon can put you at risk of burning your chicken. Especially if you’re just getting started and want to build your skills, our advice is simple. Cook your chicken slowly and patiently, and then add your sauce during the last 10-15 minutes of the cooking process. Use just enough sauce to cover the chicken, but not much more than that. Coat one side, flip the chicken over and then coat the other side. Use a nice, thick BBQ sauce, if you can, and enjoy!

Quick Reminder: 

To get your Chicken safely tender and perfect – you will need to get your chicken to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, using the best digital thermometer on the market – your thermometer.

When you’re becoming a great griller, you quickly learn that timing is everything. As your skills develop, knowing when to add sauce to your BBQ will become second nature, but even the best grillers invest in top tools to help themselves make these decisions. Having the best digital meat thermometer you get can help you build your grill skills much more quickly.

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