Impress your friends around the grill by coming up with your own secret, knock-your-socks-off barbecue recipe. For most barbecue recipes, the great taste lies in the sauce or spice rub that is used to season the meat. When concocting the sauce, you want to make sure you have the flavors balanced just right. Too much tomato sauce, and your guests will think you simply poured ketchup on the meat. Too much spice and only a brave few will enjoy the sauce.
Combine 2 tsp. each of the dried oregano, thyme, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and onion powder in a small bowl. Add a few dashes of ground black pepper and 1 tbsp. salt.
Spread the rub over the meat. Set it aside in the refrigerator while you prepare the sauce.
Mince the garlic cloves with the knife. Dice the onion.
Pour about 1 tbsp. olive oil into the saucepan and heat on medium. Add the onion and garlic after about 30 seconds. Let the onion cook for five minutes. Stir constantly to prevent the garlic from burning.
Add the ketchup, soda or molasses, 1/4 cup vinegar and a dash or two of the hot sauce to the pan. Stir well to mix into the onions.
Boil the sauce mixture, and then reduce the heat on the stove to low, and let it simmer. The longer you let the sauce simmer, the thicker it will be and the more developed its flavor. Let it simmer for at least 15 minutes. An hour or more is preferred.
Taste the barbecue sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste and another dash of hot sauce if you would like.
Place meat on a preheated grill and cook for about five to 10 minutes. Coat the meat with the sauce, and let cook at least five more minutes, until the sauce has thickened and turned shiny.