Hi Dr. BBQ:
I enjoyed your books greatly. My question is, what the difference between a BBQ sauce and a marinade? Also what is the best way to regulate the heat on a Weber kettle grill– to vent bottom vent or both? Thanks much,
Thanks for the nice words. A marinade is usually a thinner liquid intended for soaking the meat ahead of time. It should be highly flavored. A BBQ sauce is a condiment intended to be applied at the end of the cooking or served on the side. Many cooks apply the BBQ sauce a little early so it can caramelize on the meat but if you apply it too early it may burn as many sauces contain sugar and or a tomato base, both of which burn easily. There’s a fine line between caramelized and burnt! As for the Weber, I think it’s best to set the lower vents ahead of time and make small adjustments while cooking with the top vent.