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Homemade sauces can complement food made on a gas BBQ

26/08/2010 Americans are known for their enthusiasm for lighting up their gas BBQs and enjoying an afternoon in the sun.

They also know how to make a good BBQ sauce to complement the flavour of the meat, as Dave Lobeck, from BBQ My Way explained.

Writing for the Newbury Port News, Mr Lobeck said that BBQ sauces first become popular some time in the 1880s and each region of the country as its own variation.

A sauce from the Kansas City area was said to be most like the one you would buy in a supermarket; however, if you're looking to cook steak or a beef burger then a Texas sauce is what you should try.

Traditionally, the Texas style sauce includes tomato, vinegar, sugar, onion, garlic, pepper, chilli powder and hot sauce, the expert explained.

Mr Lobeck added: "The sauce is there to compliment the meat, not to add the smoky flavour."

Making your own sauce is one way to make your BBQ healthier, according to Sarah Giles, editor at Easy Cook, who suggested homemade versions are likely to have fewer calories and less sugar than those available in the shops. ADNFCR-3488-ID-800041458-ADNFCR

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