There's no doubt that the American spirit pulses through our veins here at Traeger. What's more patriotic and American that BBQ? Not much. I swear I can smell freedom every time I open the door of my grill and can hear lady liberty herself singing any time I pull a finished product off the smoker. For the 4th of July, nothing like an American tribute for your next BBQ from an American soldier himself. I'm proud to say I'm a soldier in the US Army and have the amazing opportunity to write beautiful recipes for you all to enjoy. Talk about living the American Dream! So let's break this down. While you're firing up your grill for the 4th, you're going to need some A game material. I've composed 3 sauces here to take your BBQ to the next level. First, the all American red, perfect for your ribs or pork. Second, the Alabama white, this is amazing on grilled chicken. Last but not least, the Bleu. This bleu cheese sauce is so incredible with steak, you're likely to shed a tear for not having it sooner.
Red, White and Bleu: 3 Sauces of Summer
PREP TIME: 5 min.
COOK TIME: About 15 minutes
SERVES: 2 cups
1/2 cup Ketchup
1 6 oz can Tomato paste
1/3 cup Brown sugar
1/3 cup Vinegar
1/3 cup Corn syrup
1/2 cup Water
1/4 cup Maple syrup
2 tbsp Honey
1 tbsp Molasses
2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Soy sauce
1 tsp Liquid smoke
1/2 tsp Onion powder
1/2 tsp Cornstarch
1/2 tsp Mustard powder
1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp Black pepper
1/2 tsp White pepper
1/8 tsp Garlic powder
1/8 tsp Celery salt
1/8 tsp Ground cumin
1/8 tsp Ground corriander
This is the good stuff right here. Basically there are 3 steps, "Assemble the gear, The Mix and the Cook". So, let's assemble.
Next, let's mix! BUT, when you go to start mixing, make sure you're following the measurements AND MAKE SURE you start this sauce COLD. Since there is cornstarch in the mix, if you tried adding it hot, there would be a clumpy mess on your hands. Of course you can feel free to deviate from the recipe to make it your own, the measurements are basically just a guide to help you along your culinary journey.
As everything is now incorporated, over medium heat bring the mix to a boil. Once you've hit a boil, reduce the temperature to a simmer and let it cook around 15 minutes so all of those amazing flavors meld together.
And just that easy you are left with a gorgeous red sauce that is good on, well, anything at all. I personally took this beautiful red to a slab of ribs, you will not be disappointed. You can find many great rib recipes here on the Traeger blog site to get you started!
The Alabama White:
PREP TIME: 5 min.
COOK TIME: Absolutely Zero
SERVES: 2 cups
1 cup Mayonnaise
1/2 cup Vinegar
1/4 cup Apple juice
1/2 tsp Salt
Juice of 1/2 lemon (Watch for seeds)
1 tsp Coarse black pepper
1 tsp Jar horseradish
Dash of Cayenne
You've got to love a recipe like this! Once again, we start with the assembly!
Next step, mix! Carefully measure out your ingredients and throw them into a bowl
Last, stir. That's it, really. Just stir. There is no need at all to cook any of this down. It all mixes together with no need for heat and the consistency is amazing.
I suggest finding your favorite Traeger chicken recipe, then in the last 5 minutes or so slather on some of this creamy goodness all over your chicken of choice. We would also suggest just dipping the piece of chicken in the sauce, then serve. Everyone who tries this sauce loves it and wants the recipe.
Once it's had around 10 minutes to cook, that beautiful sauce coats all over the chicken and just seems to permeate through the essence of the chicken, leaving you with big, bold, juicy bites of goodness.
Feel free once the chicken is done to slap on some more sauce if that's your thing. This stuff is so good you might be looking around your kitchen for the nearest straw, but please don't.
One of my personal favorites! If you're a fan of bleu cheese, and you should be, you're going to fall head over heels for this sauce. My wife personally can't stand the stuff, but loves this sauce. So don't turn your nose up at it just yet. Maybe just hold it for a few minutes...
PREP TIME: 10 min.
COOK TIME: 7-10 minutes
SERVES: 2 cups
1/2 stick of butter, salted
1 Vidalia onion
3/4 cup Heavy cream ( I didn't say this was fat free)
1/3 cup Bleu cheese
FIRST AND FOREMOST: For this recipe I decided to use a cast iron skillet, I set it on the grill while it's cranked to High all through the warm up stage to make sure it is good and hot in order to give me a strong sear on my steak. Of course the Traeger can sear a steak just fine on it's own, I'm also doing this to create delicious little bits in the bottom of my pan to contribute to my sauce! So this is how I prepared this meal / sauce, of course take any variation you need to accommodate to your suited cooking style.
You know the drill, let's get everything assembled and ready. This will make your life so much easier.
Well, that was quick. Don't mind the chunk taken out of my wedge of bleu, quality control... Anyway... Take your onion and cut it in half, then start slicing it in the thickness you'd like, I prefer to cut the onion a little thick in order to really taste it when you take a bite.
Yeah, that looks great. Now go ahead and take your butter and put it into a pan over medium high heat until the butter fully melts.
Great, after the butter is completely melted, throw your onion in, salt and pepper it, then saute for a good 5 minutes or so until the onion gets soft and gains some beautiful color. Color = Flavor you know.
Now that our onions are soft we're almost done! I can almost taste it all over again! Next step is to add your 3/4 cup of cream, once the cream heats up, around 1 minute or so, then you can start to add that beautiful bleu to the party.
After another minute or 2 of cooking, cut the heat and just stir. All of those delicious flavors are melding together and you're ready to top off your amazing steak.
Now at this point I'm not opposed to someone throwing on another small mountain of bleu on top of this, but that's totally your preference. Or if you're doing it for the 4th of July add a little blue food coloring to make it a little more patriotic. Do it) I can say from personal experience that all of these sauces / meals are a hit. I had a few friends over to be my taste testers and everyone went home happy. Just don't forget the reason for the 4th of July. I serve with some of the greatest men and women on the planet, and that's not just Army, it's also my brothers and sisters in the Marines, Air Force and Navy, and the guard and reserve units in those branches as well.