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It’s been almost a year since Savory Spice founder Mike Johnston went on his 38-day long Chasing Barbecue journey to discover the flavors of 6 major barbecue regions in the United States. Because summertime always has a way of making us crave barbecue, we thought it was time to revisit a few of our favorites and bring you three special menus for your backyard BBQ get together.
Alabama & Georgia
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The flavors of Alabama and Georgia pair up to create a plate that shares the spotlight equally between the meats and the sides. For your Southern BBQ meal, we recommend the dishes below.
- Hot & Fast Spare Ribs will give pit-style flavor, straight off the grill. Serve them with our small batch Woody’s Sweet & Tangy Barbecue Sauce. Spiked with one of our favorite Southern inspired seasonings, Georgia Peach Spice, Woody’s pairs perfectly with pork ribs.
- If you have a smoker, traditional Smoked Chicken is amazingly flavorful and still easy to pair with sides. It’s especially delicious with our small batch version of the region’s best known barbecue sauce, Alabama White.
- Southern Style Turnip Greens are cooked with smoked ham and flavored with lemon, black pepper, shallots, and chervil.
- Crispy Cajun Fried Okra adds a little spice to the sweet smokiness of any great barbecue plate.
- Smoky Hills Stovetop Mac’n Cheese packs in smoky flavor with both Smoky Hills Cheese Powder and Smoked Spanish Sweet Paprika.
- Finally, drawing inspiration from “The Peach State” (a.k.a. Georgia) means delicious summer desserts. Peach Crumble Pie, featuring our Georgia Peach Spice, is the obvious choice!
North & South Carolina
|Learn more about Carolina BBQ|
The Carolinas are famous for their barbecue pork…especially the Whole Hog tradition. If you prefer not to cook one whole pig at a time though, great barbecue is still totally possible! Here are a few recipes to serve it up, Carolina-style.
- Use 'Cue Glue, Carolina High Country BBQ Rub, and a pork shoulder for Carolina Chopped and Pulled Pork. Serve doused with either our Southern Gold or Hot Pepper Vinegar barbecue sauce to make the meal even more traditional.
- Tangy Tomato Slaw is inspired by North Carolina red slaw, where ketchup instead of mayo serves as the dressing base. We flavor ours with Table Mountain All-Purpose Seasoning, celery seeds, celery salt, and Cajun Cayenne Hot Sauce. It tastes a bit like a Bloody Mary!
- If you want lots of “oohs and aahs,” serve Carolina Hush Puppies with a dish of honey butter for a sweet and savory crispy bite.
- Every plate needs vegetables…in this case, cooked with bacon! Bacon & Carrot Collard Greens are such a classic, how can you not serve them?
- For dessert, whip up a Blueberry Chai Chess Pie or Bourbon, Honey & Molasses Sweet Potato Pie (or both!)
|Learn more about Kansas City BBQ|
A city that sits right on state borders has found its own identity in its signature barbecue dishes. KC BBQ almost always features a sweet and deeply flavored dark barbecue sauce. Make a gallon of sweet tea to serve with the following:
- Burnt Ends is the magical outcome of a well-rubbed and smoked brisket. To get the best bark on the brisket, slather on our ‘Cue Glue before adding your favorite BBQ rub. Make sure to let this one rest for super tender meat.
- Make the base of our Loaded Baked Potato Salad 3 Ways and sprinkle with Team Sweet Mama's KC Style Rub for an extra tasty classic.
- A crowd-favorite at any BBQ joint is the pulled pork sandwich. Make your own Smoked Pulled Pork using the 3-2-1 cooking method across the smoker, oven, and grill. Don’t have a smoker? Slow Cooker Smoky Chipotle Pulled Pork is a set-it-and-forget recipe seasoned with chipotle chiles in adobo and root beer for a built-in sauce.
- Speaking of sauce, serve your KC BBQ feast with our small batch Midwestern Sweet and Old-Fashioned Root Beer barbecue sauces for an authentic experience.
- Quick Pickled Onions can add bright acidity to the rich meats and give a splash of beautiful red color to make your barbecue even more appealing (if that’s even possible).
These three menus are just the tip of the iceberg. Visit our Chasing BBQ page for more regions and spices, as well as tips from the barbecue experts. Just don’t forget to invite your friends and family over for your delicious barbecue feast!
Do you have a barbecue recipe you love that uses Savory Spice products? Submit your recipes to our test kitchen so we can share them with our Savory friends and family.