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  • sally Jul 1, 2004 04:24 PM
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What are the best brands of ready-to use barbecue sauce to keep at hand? Most of the popular ones are too sweet, or taste of synthetic smoke....

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  1. Here's two that at least don't start with HFCS: Stubb's, and "We're Talkin' Serious" Bone Suckin'Sauce.

    I enjoy making my own, but these two are on my table a lot.

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    1. re: applehome

      Stubbs's is my fave around here too...I'm from Kansas City (the BBQ capital of the U.S) and it's the closest I can find here to the best - Gates BBQ Sauce. A good kick and not sweet.

      1. re: kimchee

        Yes! Gates! A friend brings a case back every time he goes to KC. Stubbs is fine too, and readily available. I have to disagree with the post on Dinosaur--I really don't care for that one.

        1. re: AlanH™

          did you know that you can buy Gates' sauce online at their website? www.gatesbbq.com/store

          Link: http://www.gatesbbq.com/store.html

          1. re: AlanH™

            I thought Stubbs was too hot - it actually burned my mouth. And I love pickled jalapenos. Maybe they have a milder sauce too?

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        1. I am embarrassed to admit this--it hardly befits my Okie roots, and I am not generally one of those big Trader-Joe-boosters--but our favorite commercially available "sweet" BBQ sauce is none other than Trader Joe's "Bold & Smoky Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce."

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            cowgirlinthesand

            ok I like Stubbs too... but the BEST store bought is Dinosaur BBQ Slathering Sauce!! (it's from upstate NY and they are as we speak building one in downtown New York!!)

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            1. re: cowgirlinthesand

              Actually, they're building it in Harlem (131st St and West Side Highway, right across from the huge Fairway Uptown Market.)

              Barbecue lovers in New York City are waiting for this one wth bated breath... or basted breath?

              - er

              1. re: cowgirlinthesand

                Sweet Baby Rays.

                It's really good stuff.

              2. Cast my vote for Dinosaur BBQ sauce too. I like the wango tango sauce and the slathering sauce the best.

                Order them at http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/ or buy them at Wegmans supermarkets.

                PS if you buy the cookbook, try the honey hush cornbread recipe. It's sooooo good.

                Link: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/

                1. Johnny Harris' from Savannah, Carolina Treet, and Scotts. All very different from each other and all very good.

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                  1. re: Candy

                    Don't know about the other two, but Carolina Treet, while wonderful, is emphatically a barbecue sauce to be cooked with (i.e. basted on grilling pork or chicken), not to be added later. As a cooking sauce it is divine; "raw" it is almost inedible.

                    - er

                    Link: http://www.carolinatreet.com/

                    1. re: enrevanche

                      You are right, but it is wonderful

                  2. I've tried a bunch of them, and my current favorite is Charlie Beigg's Bourbon BBQ & Grilling Sauce. All natural ingredients, and no fillers like corn syrup or guar gum. Made in, of all places, Windham, Maine. I always have an open bottle in the fridge & even use it in my meat loaf recipe.

                    1. Bumping thread. Has anybody tried Montgomery Inn's from Cincy? Had a KC sauce not to my liking from Arthur Bryant; enjoyed the Gates, as others have per the thread.

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                      1. re: tdo ca

                        I always have a few bottles in the house. A little on the sweet side if that is what you want that night. I usually just heat up and place on chicken after grilling. Does not do too well onthe grill.

                      2. Do a lot of BBQ sauces from the store:

                        Stubbs Mesquite - Tried all his varieties and this one is outstanding.

                        Sweet Baby Rays - Very good, like Stubbs better

                        Soyvay - Great marinade for salmon and chicken.

                        Wasabiyaki - great marinade for Flank and skirt steaks.

                        Benson's - Great steak sauce for steak and chicken

                        Peter Lugers - Great as well.

                        If you have Hoboken Eddy's in your area ALL of theirs are great but they are pricey - $7-8 per bottle.

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                        1. re: jfood

                          You really cannot call Soy Vay (available at TJ's) a BBQ sauce. It's a teriyaki sauce for sure. But it is quite good. Also, there are 2 breeds of BBQ - tomato based/sweetish and mustard vinegar based. I'd like to hear some chat about the brst of the latter as I've never tasted it - I think it's a South Eastern specialty, no?

                        2. Trader Joe's is the best I have ever had.

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                          1. re: niki rothman

                            Trader Joe's is a good one, I agree.

                          2. Leon's available in the Bay Area, produced and packaged by the same company that makes Stubbs. Well balanced.