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Sauced: Cherry Barbecue Sauce

Having already tread the barbecue sauce trail from Kansas City to North Carolina, it's time to break out of regional conventions and start having fun with just how diverse barbecue sauce can be—which is exactly what makes it such an exciting sauce to work with.

This cherry sauce has been a project of mine for a while. After tinkering with ingredients here and there, I've finally arrived at a pretty stellar sauce.

While all the main barbecue sauce characteristics are there—tomato base, vinegar tang, sweet molasses—the cherries add a deep fruitiness that gets well embedded. It's noticeable, yet a little hard to discern at the same time. The cherries are paired with ancho chili powder, which gives an earthy spice, along with the very distinctive white pepper.

Complex and full-bodied, this sauce is ready to take on just about anything you have on the grill or smoker. Slather it on chicken, ribs, or burgers, I think it's bound do them all justice and impress the hungry hoards your feeding on this grilling holiday weekend.

About the author: Joshua Bousel brings you new, tasty condiment each Wednesday and a recipe for weekend grilling every Friday. He also writes about grilling and barbecue on his blog The Meatwave whenever he can be pulled away from his grill.

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