The Secret of Summer Time BBQ

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WTF BBQs: Sticky Ribs & Fermented Chips

Spending more time outdoors means more summer cookouts, which means you need some next level recipes to up your grill game. Scott and Janie show you the easy trick to making a sticky barbecue sauce that can be brushed and layered without sliding off your ribs. We also fry up a malt vinegar powder dusted fermented potato chip that has kettle chips’ crispy crunch but none of the burnt bitterness… on this week’s WTF.

Product Links:
Malt Vinegar Powder
N-Zorbit M
Kraut Source Lid
Methocel F50

Recipe Link:
Summer Time BBQ Sauce
Slow Cook Ribs
Fermented Potato Chips

References and Other Links you Might Like!
WTF – Amylase
WTF – N-Zorbit M
WTF – Vinegar Powder
WTF – Methylcellulose
WTF – Fermentation Lids

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  • A little science goes a long way, my wife’s baking is up 100% (and it was excellent to begin with) using a little of this and that from MP. Now it looks like I’ll be seeing the same improvement in BBQ and chips. We grind our own flours and raise our own meat. I think it’ll be lamb ribs over applewood for a start, Looking forward to it. Thanks, for making science simple.

    • Cole Whitney
      June 7, 2021 10:14 am

      Happy to help! Let us know how it comes out, we love seeing how our customers use our products and take inspiration from our recipes and make them their own!

  • Terrence Sauvain
    June 3, 2021 5:30 pm

    BBQ smoked chicken wings…

  • walid ghantous
    July 26, 2021 5:02 pm

    can I use this to make Kufta Kebab that will not fall from the skewer.

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