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jb44 May 13, 2009 05:20 PM

Here are a list of bbq sauces i plan on testing throughout the summer.....Cattleman's was the first one I tried as a foundation. Brooke's bbq is amazing and it will be hard to beat that one....do you have any you would sugeest I add that is missing? Any suggestions appreciated..... we will be doing blind tasting with all of these sauces to determine a winner.....

we are looking forward to this!

big rick's http://www.bigricks.com/
sticky fingers http://www.shopstickyfingers.com/deta...
gates http://www.gatesbbq.com/
big bob gibson www.bigbobgibson.com.
head country bbq http://www.headcountry.com/Catalog.as...
famous dave's- sweet and sassy
Peppers Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce
Budweiser BBQ sauce
open pit http://www.openpit.com./
texas best
Bone Suckin Sauce
Corky's Memphis' Own www.corkysbbq.com.
Trader Joe's bbq
Bubba's bbq http://www.bubbasbbque.com/history.html
annie's bbq smoky maple
brooks bbq http://www.brooksbbq.com/
sweet baby rays

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    RGC1982 RE: jb44 May 13, 2009 06:31 PM

    I think you want to try adding a dark sweet/hot or just a dark sweet. Rufus Teague (KC) or Jack's (Nashville) have some alternatives you might want to add for a different taste.

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      KiltedCook RE: jb44 May 14, 2009 04:34 AM

      All of the Sweet Baby Ray's sauce and Stubbs sauces

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        jeanmarieok RE: KiltedCook May 14, 2009 04:49 AM

        KC, you beat me to it - we love Sweet Baby Ray's ....

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          kchurchill5 RE: KiltedCook May 15, 2009 06:10 PM

          Both good

        2. JanPrimus RE: jb44 May 14, 2009 05:35 AM

          As for Bigger producers..

          Montgomery and Bullseye are the only ones that I know of that do not contain HFCS.

          I still order a few bottles now and then from the Salt Lick in Texas. Mainly the Habenaro sauce.

          Otherwise I make my own or get a locally made Raspberry Chilpolte BBQ sauce.

          1. al b. darned RE: jb44 May 14, 2009 02:26 PM

            Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Sensuous Slathering Sauce http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/browse...
            Bone Suckin'

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              middydd RE: al b. darned May 27, 2009 08:44 PM

              Another vote for Dinosaur Sensuous Slathering Sauce. My favourite sauce ever. Perfect combination of spices, and balance of sweet and tangy.

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              chileheadmike RE: jb44 May 14, 2009 02:41 PM

              Blues Hog is my favorite

              Gates is a close second

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                jb44 RE: chileheadmike May 14, 2009 08:01 PM

                thanks for the bluehog website!

                I am going to order the bbq sauce and the rasberry chipotle sauce...also the red sauce............have you had all 3?

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                  chileheadmike RE: jb44 May 27, 2009 02:36 PM

                  No, just the original. We use it in competitions. Its sweet and just a little spicy.

              2. liu RE: jb44 May 14, 2009 07:24 PM

                Great project, jb44!
                I'll be listening with much interest.

                After having gone through a stage of trying some of the "gourmet" BBQ sauces, we still like the ubiquitous KC Masterpiece (any flavor) best! It serves well as a marinade and as a sauce.


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                  jb44 RE: liu May 14, 2009 07:57 PM

                  tonite we tried....Sweet Baby Ray's Honey BBQ! was tasty.... but the gas grill ran out of gas.....so we baked it..... pretty tasty sauce.....

                  KCM was my go to sauce for years.......since I tried Gates......life is different!

                  Has anyone tried the Budweiser BBQ Sauce?

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                    liu RE: jb44 May 14, 2009 08:32 PM

                    Gates...I will have to look for it.

                    jb44 - Where are you? I am on the West Coast, and, of course, some of these names are not familiar to me. I wonder if Gates is on our shelves.

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                      jb44 RE: liu May 14, 2009 09:09 PM

                      Gates is from KC.......and you can only get it at the restaurant....

                      speaking of which....are there any websites...designated for BBQ sauce?

                      Im based in ny state......
                      a lot of these are specific to a restaurant....some you can get in the supermarket.....

                      I really want to try Headcountry, and blue hog then corky's.....I will order a few at a time......

                      annie's bbq smoky maple
                      big bob gibson www.bigbobgibson.com.
                      big rick's http://www.bigricks.com/
                      blue hog http://www.blueshog.com
                      Bone Suckin Sauce
                      brooks bbq http://www.brooksbbq.com/
                      Bubba's bbq http://www.bubbasbbque.com/history.html
                      budweiser beachwood aged sauce
                      carnivore bbq http://www.carnivorebbq.com/
                      Corky's Memphis' Own www.corkysbbq.com.
                      Dinasaur BBQ
                      Famous dave's- sweet and sassy
                      Gates http://www.gatesbbq.com/
                      Head country bbq http://www.headcountry.com/Catalog.as...
                      Hoboken Eddie's
                      Jack Daniels BBQ sauce
                      KC Materpiece www.kcmasterpiece.com
                      Montgomery Inn Barbecue sauce http://www.montgomeryinn.com/ourbarbe...
                      Open Pit http://www.openpit.com./
                      Peppers Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce
                      Red park pub http://www.redparkapub.com
                      Sticky fingers http://www.shopstickyfingers.com/deta...
                      sweet baby rays- honey bbq
                      Texas Best

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                        Sean RE: jb44 May 15, 2009 07:17 AM

                        Cowboy Ketchup


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                          stevuchan RE: jb44 May 15, 2009 01:37 PM

                          Gates is available here is San Diego, at a couple of diffrent markets at that. When the wife used to go to KC on buisness she could by it at local markets and big box stores as well. Just a heads up.

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                            liu RE: stevuchan May 15, 2009 06:07 PM

                            Thanks, stevuchan! Your information has made my search much easier.

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                            jb44 RE: jb44 Jun 3, 2009 08:44 PM

                            tried the Budweiser honey bbq tonite.... it was good. not great.

                            went like this when the sauce it the lips....

                            buttery>smooth>honey >heat >pepper flavor

                            It was good, but the value, sweet baby rays honey bbq sauce is way better.......

                            still trying to find out out about the beachwood. will take a break this week and will get back to bbq saucing testing next week....

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                          drgnflychic RE: jb44 May 28, 2009 08:52 AM

                          I love the Budweiser sauce, just used the last of my bottle up last night on some pork sirloins. It's one of the best I've tried in a really long time!

                          Normally in our house it's Sweet Baby Rays Original or Head Country. Head Country is probably the favorite of all my friends and family.

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                            jb44 RE: drgnflychic May 28, 2009 06:27 PM

                            Is head country smoky? sweet?

                            i have decided i dont like liquid smoke. i like real charcoal flavor


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                              jb44 RE: drgnflychic Jun 3, 2009 12:23 PM

                              Which Budweiser Sauce did you try DRGNFLYCHIC? Beachwood or honey bbq?

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                          malibumike RE: jb44 May 15, 2009 07:25 AM

                          My favorite is mail order from Cookshack, their spicy bbq sauce, Ponca City, Oaklahoma.

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                            Alicat24 RE: jb44 May 15, 2009 12:16 PM

                            Wow, am i ever jealous of that list, I've only heard of and tried a few that are available here. We like Sweet Baby Rays but my favorite is Hunt's Honey Hickory. For some reason last summer, the Hunt's became a bit too sweet to my taste buds and Hubbie's not a big fan of really sweet sauce. I bought a bottle of Open Pit and mixed it equally with the Hunt's and it's the perfect balance! Not overly sweet, tangy and spicy, it's my go to now.

                            I'm always open to new possibilities though, I'll be watching this thread with interest!

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                              CyndiA RE: jb44 May 15, 2009 01:25 PM

                              I'm a Stubbs fan too, and they carry that here at Food Lion.

                              Another favorite line is Chef Matt's Barbecue Sauce. His Firefighters Barbecue Sauce has the proceeds going to help firefighters and their families. It tastes pretty mild and then has a back kick that I really love. I've been wanting to try the one with a hint of raspberry so may go do that while I'm thinking of it. You need PayPal to order just a FYI. http://www.chefmatts.com/39201.html

                              Local (but I think it's sold outside the area) is Carolina Treet. It's a thin sauce with some vinegar. Orange color. It's different. We like it on chicken which is how it was first intended. http://www.carolinatreet.com/

                              1. kchurchill5 RE: jb44 May 15, 2009 06:13 PM

                                Baby Rays and Stubbs I like as well as a few other locals.

                                Personally I buy Publix plain and then doctor it up accordingly to what I like. Sweet, asian, spicy, tangy, peppers, mustard based, mesquite.

                                But sometimes some of the others are good.

                                I doctor most sauces up usually, but also use the store bought too which I think are just fine. I love the flavor. No complaints. Many good brands

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                                  jb44 RE: jb44 May 27, 2009 10:24 AM

                                  Tried a couple more sauces this weekend! Stubbs bbq sauce was good but better when mixed with SB rays. It has a tomoto based fondation....

                                  Bullseye was not good at all. very fake smoky flavor that was overpowering.
                                  and will take off my list for sure.

                                  This week trying: famous dave's and annie's (i finally found it)!!

                                  Overall, my favorite has been Brooks! Looking forward to the day montgomery inn sauce comes in!

                                  annie's bbq smoky maple
                                  big bob gibson
                                  big rick's
                                  blue hog
                                  Bone Suckin Sauce
                                  brooks bbq
                                  Bubba's bbq
                                  budweiser beachwood aged sauce
                                  carnivore bbq
                                  Cookshack BBQ Sauce
                                  Corky's Memphis' Own
                                  cowboy ketchup
                                  Dinasaur BBQ
                                  Famous dave's- sweet and sassy
                                  Head country bbq
                                  Hoboken Eddie's
                                  Jack Daniels BBQ sauce
                                  KC Materpiece
                                  Montgomery Inn Barbecue sauce
                                  Open Pit
                                  Peppers Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce
                                  Red park pub
                                  Sticky fingers
                                  sweet baby rays- honey bbq
                                  Texas Best
                                  Trader Joe's bbq
                                  Chef Matts

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                                    jujuthomas RE: jb44 May 28, 2009 07:05 AM

                                    JB44 - Brooks is an upstate NY institution - has been all my life. Glad to hear their sauce still stands up. the last couple meals i had there were only meh but they were at off times so that could be the reason.
                                    My BIL is a fan of dinosaur, not sure which variety he gets, but I hate his favorite. The smell makes me think of dog food! lol.
                                    Personally i'm a fan of Red Hot & Blue's sufferin sweet sauce. Don't like much else on their menu (except that freaky potato salad)!

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                                      jb44 RE: jb44 Jun 3, 2009 12:18 PM

                                      I found Budweiser Honey BBQ sauce but not the Beachwood Sauce.....
                                      what's the primary difference? curious......

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                                      jlp8 RE: jb44 May 27, 2009 12:59 PM


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                                        jb44 RE: jlp8 May 27, 2009 02:32 PM

                                        yeah i like dinosaurs.....esp the different sauces......
                                        got to try em' all when i went to the restaurant.....

                                        anyone ever tried montgomery inn sauce?

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                                        chileheadmike RE: jb44 May 27, 2009 02:44 PM

                                        All kinds of sauces here.


                                        I've Tried and liked the following
                                        Flower of the Flames
                                        Four Men and a Pig
                                        Smokin Guns
                                        Arthu Bryant's
                                        Among others.

                                        Dislikes are
                                        Fiorella's Jack Stack
                                        KC Masterpiece (double yuck)

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                                          jb44 RE: chileheadmike May 28, 2009 06:46 AM

                                          WOW that could really help me along as there are a lot of sauces on my list that i haven't tried yet. BULLESYE was such a disapointment this week.....
                                          back to the grill! thanks for that link!!!!

                                        2. kubasd RE: jb44 May 27, 2009 09:18 PM

                                          to add to everyone else... I love what your're doing here! keep us updated.

                                          Sweet baby rays honey chipotle
                                          any other sweet baby rays are good too
                                          annie's I like (but then I love most annie's products)
                                          Stubbs = yummy
                                          Dinosaurs really is great
                                          Bone suckin' is ok

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                                            CocoaNut RE: jb44 May 28, 2009 09:38 AM

                                            True Texas Barbeque Sauce - Distributed by: H-E-B Central Market (TX)

                                            I think you can order it:

                                            Most TX sauces are tomato based and sweeter than their Carolina counterparts. This is is tomato based, but well rounded on sweet and vinegar, with the prevailing factor being a really nice spicy hot kick at the back of the throat. Medium in consistency (thicker than Carolina sauces, not as thick as KCM).

                                            1. chocolab RE: jb44 Jun 1, 2009 07:16 AM

                                              Another vote for Dinosaur Sensuous Slathering Sauce. The best ever. Went to the place in ny

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                                                Clarkafella RE: jb44 Jun 1, 2009 07:42 AM

                                                I'm kind of surprised to not see Dancing Pigs listed here. It is from The BBQ Shop in Memphis, but I've seen it in grocery stores- Kroger, Publix, Brookshire's, etc.

                                                We like the "hot" but it ain't for the faint of heart...

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                                                  wonderin32 RE: Clarkafella Jun 24, 2009 10:04 AM

                                                  I have to agree with this one, Dancing Pigs is really good. I would put it above Corky's hands down. The spicy is really good, but it has a real kick to it. I tend to prefer my sauce with a bit less of kick, at least when I'm using it for BBQ.


                                                  I also really like Central BBQ, although their prices are outrageous for the sauce mail-order style. http://www.cbqmemphis.com/index.php?p...

                                                  If you happen to be in Memphis, it is worth picking it up.

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                                                  Hue RE: jb44 Jun 5, 2009 11:17 AM

                                                  Maurice's BBQ sauce is a mustard based and a bit different

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                                                    CyndiA RE: jb44 Jun 11, 2009 04:14 PM

                                                    We had a local festival, and the elementary school was selling Dan's Southern Sauce to raise funds. I got a bottle of Dan's Sweet 'n Hot Sauce. Tried the sample of the regular, but I like "hot."

                                                    Dan picks up some of the North Carolina flavor with vinegar, but has quite a bit of tomato. So, it's kind of a cross-between sauce. Not as thin as NC. Not as thick as KS.

                                                    Billed for grilling or for dipping, but we grilled chicken and cooked it on.

                                                    Liked the back kick on the heat. Nice balance with the sweet flavor.


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                                                      jb44 RE: CyndiA Jun 13, 2009 08:07 PM

                                                      Super i have added to the list to try!

                                                      I found Sticky Finger's sauce in a grocery store in CT.....crazy as it is from Memphis....so will try this weekend....(grill went down, thus there is a little delay with trying all the sauces!) WE'll see how it is and report back!

                                                    2. alkapal RE: jb44 Jun 14, 2009 01:18 AM

                                                      sonny's bbq http://www.sonnysbbqstore.com/cgi-php...

                                                      pat's ho-made: https://www.allaboutgrills.com/pages/...

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                                                        CyndiA RE: alkapal Jun 14, 2009 08:22 AM

                                                        The name of that barbecue sauce made me laugh (-:

                                                      2. bbqboy RE: jb44 Jun 14, 2009 07:52 AM

                                                        Roadhouse BBQ Sauce out of Chicago tastes wonderful. 4 flavors/styles.
                                                        Almost chunky, definitely thick.

                                                        (Thanks for that insane chicken link, K)

                                                        1. kchurchill5 RE: jb44 Jun 14, 2009 08:35 AM


                                                          Great mustard based sauce. Love it for something different.

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                                                            jb44 RE: jb44 Jun 15, 2009 08:43 PM

                                                            The grill has been down but im proud to report i have it working again!!!


                                                            Tried Sticky Fingers today....Is MSG really neccessary these days?
                                                            I feel like i should boycott sauces that have msg. HFCS is bad eniough.
                                                            The description of this sauce goes something like this:
                                                            immediate super powerful black pepper flavor >sweet>tangy >smoky flavor

                                                            Tried the Budwesier Honey BBQ Sauce again for a second chance. It was good, but I wouldn't go out and purchase again if i had sweet baby rays as a choice.... Goes something like this: Tomato>stong vinegar flavor?velvety smooth consistency. Still want to find out more about the budweiser beachwood sauce.

                                                            Next up, Annie's BBQ

                                                            I was going to buy Bone Suckin and Hoboken Eddie's but $6 dollars for a small bottle seems steep when you would need two bottles. rip off im thinking.

                                                            keep the suggestions coming!

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                                                              jb44 RE: jb44 Jun 22, 2009 07:55 PM

                                                              I'll take a Pass on Annie's Smoky Maple.....

                                                              The only flavor i tasted was pepper and fake smoke.

                                                              A friend of mine just dropped of a 64 oz bottle of brooks sauce from oneonta my favorite to date. i may just have to take a break........

                                                              This much i have learned: I don't like fake hickory or any other type of liquid smoke in my bbq sauce.

                                                              Still on the immediate list to try:
                                                              famous dave
                                                              head country

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                                                                jb44 RE: jb44 Jun 24, 2009 12:11 PM

                                                                here's the yes/let's try list

                                                                On the no, sticky fingers, annie's maple, bullesye!,

                                                                gotta get some of the dancing pigs sauce for sure!

                                                                Arthur Bryant's
                                                                big bob gibson www.bigbobgibson.com.
                                                                big rick's http://www.bigricks.com/
                                                                blue hog http://www.blueshog.com
                                                                Bone Suckin Sauce http://www.bonesuckin.com/
                                                                brooks bbq http://www.brooksbbq.com/
                                                                Bubba's bbq http://www.bubbasbbque.com/history.html
                                                                budweiser beachwood aged sauce
                                                                carnivore bbq http://www.carnivorebbq.com/
                                                                Carolina Treet
                                                                Chef Matts http://www.chefmatts.com/39201.html
                                                                Cookshack BBQ Sauce http://store.cookshack.com/c-153-mild...
                                                                Corky's Memphis' Own www.corkysbbq.com.
                                                                cowboy ketchup http://www.onlyinrhodeisland.com/newe...
                                                                Dancing Pigs http://www.dancingpigs.com/
                                                                Dan's Southern Sauce http://www.danssouthernsauce.com/swee...
                                                                Dinasaur BBQ sauce
                                                                Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Sensuous Slathering Sauce
                                                                Famous dave's- sweet and sassy
                                                                Gates http://www.gatesbbq.com/
                                                                Head country bbq http://www.headcountry.com/Catalog.as...
                                                                Hoboken Eddie's
                                                                Jack Daniels BBQ sauce
                                                                Jack Miller's
                                                                Montgomery Inn Barbecue sauce http://www.montgomeryinn.com/ourbarbe...
                                                                Open Pit http://www.openpit.com./
                                                                Pappy's Sauce for Sissies http://www.firehotsauces.com/bq0010.html
                                                                Peppers Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce http://www.amazon.com/Original-Roaste...
                                                                Red park pub http://www.redparkapub.com
                                                                RoadHouse http://www.hotsauceworld.com/roorbbqs...
                                                                sweet baby rays- honey bbq
                                                                Texas Best
                                                                Trader Joe's bbq
                                                                True Texas Barbeque Sauce http://www.centralmarket.com/Company/...
                                                                Woody's Cook In Sauce http://woodysfoods.com/links.php
                                                                KC Materpiece

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                                                                  CyndiA RE: jb44 Oct 8, 2009 05:41 PM

                                                                  Is the "yes' list the ones you like then? Or, are they yes plus ones on the list to try and see? Tks.

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                                                                    hazelhurst RE: jb44 Oct 16, 2009 11:03 AM

                                                                    For the obvious reaon that it is local, the S. Louisiana Jack Miller's is a favorite but no one I know uses it straight. Add a half-ton of chopped garlic and let sit awhile(same for olive salad, FYI) and I add some "Slap Ya Mama" hot sauce, which is a Ville Platte product as well. One friend cooks it down a little after he adds his own touches. It is a great base to work with. Use it straight the firsst time, I think...

                                                                  2. DallasDude RE: jb44 Oct 8, 2009 06:53 PM

                                                                    I have tried most on all the lists, and Big Ricks is nice. I know Big Rick (Wichita man and bigger than the label looks). He started making it out of his garage. Nice stuff. Big dude.

                                                                    There are two other sauces from the same area that are must tries and you can order them online:

                                                                    http://www.roysbbq.com/index.htm -- Roys is a small town Kansas BBQ sauce, too
                                                                    http://www.bbqsauce.com/ -- Curley's makes fine sauces especially the hot version

                                                                    Sweet baby rays is nice but needs some cayenne pepper.

                                                                    Whatever sauce they use at Bubba's in Eureka Springs, AR is pretty damned good. While in Eureka visit the Silly Chile. The man stocks all sorts of BBQ and hot sauces.

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                                                                      CyndiA RE: DallasDude Oct 9, 2009 04:29 PM

                                                                      Thanks for the info and links. I love to try out new sauces.

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                                                                      KristieB RE: jb44 Oct 13, 2009 10:46 PM

                                                                      Famous Dave's Original and Famous Dave's The Devil's Spit.

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                                                                        HotMelly RE: KristieB Oct 14, 2009 04:11 AM

                                                                        Here in West Palm Beach, Florida there used to be a BBQ restaurant called "Blue Front BBQ" The restaurant has been closed many years but they wisely chose to continue making the sauce. Blue Front BBQ sauce is in many of the local groceries here. I get mine at Publix. I'm sure if you googled it you could call and they can ship you a sample. Try the mild, the hot is not the original taste.

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                                                                          alkapal RE: HotMelly Oct 15, 2009 08:13 AM

                                                                          hmm, i wonder if publix on the west coast (ft. myers) carries that "blue front"!

                                                                          i like the sonny's bbq sauce, even though it's not fancy or expensive. http://www.sonnysbbqstore.com/cgi-php...

                                                                          and i think i already mentioned "pat's ho-made" bbq sauce at publix. http://chickenwingproject.blogspot.co...

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                                                                            HotMelly RE: alkapal Oct 15, 2009 10:15 AM

                                                                            alkapal, I don't know how widely distributed it is in Florida but, I have asked the local Publix managers before if they could start ordering a certain item, and they usually do there best to get the item. I'm sure if you tried Blue Front BBQ sauce you would love it. Let me know how it goes. Google Blue Front BBQ and you will see all of the rave reviews.

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                                                                              alkapal RE: HotMelly Oct 16, 2009 08:38 AM

                                                                              hot melly, thanks, i'll try and get some.

                                                                              btw, here is an idea that my mom used with canned corn beef: adding sauteed diced onions, potatoes and bbq sauce. also good with leftover beef roast.

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                                                                                Delucacheesemonger RE: HotMelly Mar 6, 2011 04:15 PM

                                                                                Used to live in Sarasota, had to buy my Blue Front on trips to east coast, excellent product.

                                                                        2. Firegoat RE: jb44 Oct 14, 2009 05:10 AM

                                                                          I may have missed it if someone already mentioned it, but you might try
                                                                          Billy Sims BBQ sauce

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                                                                            CDouglas RE: jb44 Oct 14, 2009 08:33 AM

                                                                            You should add Dreamland BBQ sauce to your list. Thin but with an addictive peppery kick. Some say the secret ingredient is moonshine.


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                                                                              schrutefarms RE: jb44 Oct 20, 2009 03:33 AM

                                                                              There is only one kind I care to buy now....BBQ Sauce from Notley Que. I think you can get it online. Simply the best I have ever had.

                                                                              1. mcf RE: jb44 Oct 20, 2009 02:01 PM

                                                                                I usually make my own because bottled stuff is too sweet for my tastes. Found one I like in the store for the first time recently, it's


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                                                                                  ShakeIt RE: jb44 Oct 20, 2009 02:27 PM

                                                                                  yum I am obsessed with sweet baby rays! soooo gooood :)

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                                                                                    likembouncey RE: ShakeIt Jan 21, 2010 04:29 PM

                                                                                    Oh if you all wanna talk about some smack your granny good sauce then you all best try some Hot Sauce Williams BBQ sauce outta Cleveland Ohio...yep I said Cleveland.

                                                                                  2. EWSflash RE: jb44 Jan 21, 2010 05:23 PM

                                                                                    Well, I like Bullseye. I'm not a BBQ snob or even a big aficionado, so if I'm looking for a quick fix I go with the Bullseye, any of several varieties.

                                                                                    There, I said it and I'm glad. Skewer me if you will

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                                                                                      bbqboy RE: EWSflash Jan 21, 2010 06:43 PM

                                                                                      Flash, BBQ sauce is one of those things where even the worst is usually at least OK.
                                                                                      But the fascinating thing to me is the kaleidoscopic variety, encompassing everything
                                                                                      from mustard based to salsa based and beyond. Lots of regionalism and experimentation out there
                                                                                      and some are just ecstasy.
                                                                                      I just popped open a bottle of RedTail Ale Chipolte Sauce I've been hoarding.
                                                                                      Wonderful stuff.


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                                                                                        JanPrimus RE: EWSflash Jan 23, 2010 02:53 PM

                                                                                        Although I make my own sauce anymore...one thing I like about Bullseye is that they do not use HFCS. I have tried to cut HFCS out of most of my diet and it is amazing how hard that is to do.

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                                                                                          dagwood RE: JanPrimus Jan 24, 2010 05:43 PM

                                                                                          My son is addicted to Bullseye, he dips everything in it. I was very pleased to find they don't have any HFCS, and will happily buy it for him. And, for a mass-produced BBQ sauce, it's actually quite good, and nice to have on hand for when I don't have the time or inclination to make my own.

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                                                                                            alkapal RE: dagwood Jan 25, 2010 01:34 AM

                                                                                            tell your son to try dipping baby carrots in some bullseye mixed with texas pete hot sauce. it's good!

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                                                                                          racer x RE: EWSflash Feb 22, 2010 08:26 PM

                                                                                          I like Bullseye too, for putting on burgers or weiners or other sausages.
                                                                                          (And I couldn't give a hoot about the HFCS - its presence or absence doesn't phase me.)

                                                                                          I'm surprised that kb44 disliked it so much.
                                                                                          (I haven't cooked with it though.)

                                                                                        3. Perilagu Khan RE: jb44 Jan 24, 2010 07:28 AM

                                                                                          I highly recommend Pappy's XXX White Lightnin sauce. It is murderously hot, but also addictively delicious.

                                                                                          Another excellent, although much milder sauce is Red Mud, which is made in Maclean, Texas. A fine all-around sauce.

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                                                                                            OldOllie RE: jb44 Aug 2, 2010 09:06 AM

                                                                                            I recommend Gold Star. It's a great KC-style sauce with 80-90% less sodium than the national brands, and it tastes BETTER!.

                                                                                            You can get it on Amazon.com; just search for Gold Star barbecue.

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                                                                                              Yo Yo Ma RE: OldOllie Mar 6, 2011 03:41 PM

                                                                                              It depends on your budget. Great BBQ sauce tends to cost $4+ to $7 per bottle.
                                                                                              I've tried most on store shelf varieties and Curley's is my top favorite. Not many stores carry it, but they own the website bbqsauce.com and for good reason. I like the Hickory or Smokey ones only. I don't like heat in BBQ sauce, but instead put on Tabasco to my liking. Anyone who tastes Curley's says, "Wow" as soon as they try it. It's bold flavor, molasses, vinegary, but not overpowering. I have tried all the ones on store shelves, but haven't tried regional ones so I'll order online.
                                                                                              My tops are:
                                                                                              #1 - Curley's (some of the best BBQ sauces I've ever tried have very simple labels. bbqsauce.com)
                                                                                              #2 - Rufus Teague
                                                                                              #3 - Kinders or O.T.'s (I think O.T.'s is made by Kinders as taste, ingredient list and label remarkably similar, yet it costs less.)
                                                                                              #4 - Gates
                                                                                              #5 - Trader Joe's KC style (too bold so add honey and cider vinegar to cut it's saltiness).

                                                                                              Once you try really good bbq sauce you can no longer use mass-produced ones like KC Masterpiece, Bullseye, Cattlemens or Sweet Baby Rays (too much hifruc corn syrup).

                                                                                              Some of these taste good, but avoid:
                                                                                              - Bone Suckin', because you're paying $8 for bbq sauce diluted with lots of vinegar and water.
                                                                                              - Everett & Jones is runny too $6. Kinders taste very similar, but less $.
                                                                                              - Roadhouse is too much clove flavor and too chunky with raisin bits.
                                                                                              - Stubb's. Nice label, but flavor doesn't match what you think it'll taste like. Mediocre flavor for all.

                                                                                              Horrible BBQ sauces never try these:
                                                                                              - Budweiser
                                                                                              - All Kraft
                                                                                              - All Heinz
                                                                                              - Hunts
                                                                                              - Jack Daniel's or Jim Beam
                                                                                              - Chris and Pitt's (It's pretty much ketchup with mustard added to it)
                                                                                              - Tona Roma tastes like Catalina salad dressing more than BBQ sauce.
                                                                                              - Open Pit. Bleaugh, weird flavor of cloves
                                                                                              - bargain brands that are 99 cents.
                                                                                              - Avoid $7 and up sauces that have similar fancy packaging like Lea & Perrins or steakhouse names. These all have image, but taste Meh.
                                                                                              - Avoid sauces with raspberry, mango, rum, maple or chipotle. They always disappoint.
                                                                                              - Avoid all BBQ sauces sold at Ross, TJ Maxx or Marshalls.

                                                                                              On another note there's an incredible buffalo wing sauce called "Wing Time" $5 a bottle.
                                                                                              Mild is my fav. Medium is more like Hot. Never tried Hot as a result. Garlic one is good, but between mild and medium.

                                                                                            2. David11238 RE: jb44 Mar 6, 2011 04:01 PM

                                                                                              You should call Clyde Cooper's in Raleigh, NC and see if they'll deliver. It's a very delicious, not so sweet, vinegar sauce. I bought a total of a gallon to bring home when I was there. They put it in empty glass half-gallon and gallon liquor bottles.

                                                                                              Clyde Cooper's
                                                                                              109 E Davie St
                                                                                              Raleigh, NC 27601
                                                                                              (919) 832-7614

                                                                                              1. Delucacheesemonger RE: jb44 Mar 6, 2011 04:17 PM

                                                                                                GA pig in Brunswick GA has my fav to buy, just spicy enough. Show-Me from mid-west makes best BBQ beans

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                                                                                                  StreetFed RE: jb44 Mar 9, 2011 04:04 PM

                                                                                                  Here's a sauce that you don't want to miss! Smoke Daddy's original bbq sauce, WOW!! They finally have it available online! It tastes like it was just cooked this morning, it's pretty amazing!!

                                                                                                  It is head and shoulders above the big box brands, and will give all of the top rated specialty small batch bbq sauces a run for their money!


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                                                                                                    davelindberg RE: jb44 Apr 12, 2011 06:08 AM

                                                                                                    I agree that Brooks BBQ is VERY hard to beat - well at least for me. I grew up in Cooperstown NY (next door to Oneonta). Every other weekend we would drop by Brooks for dinner. YUMMY! I moved away, now I make my own at home with their bottled sauce (non-bbq but their "vinegar sauce").

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                                                                                                      likembouncey RE: davelindberg Apr 12, 2011 07:32 AM

                                                                                                      no matter what sauce they use...if there isn't a pile of hard wood out back and a stack billowing pork scented smoke up top it's just a place baking up ribs pretending to be a rib joint...

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