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Jul 1, 2009 08:24 AM

Store bought barbeque sauce

I'm doing some ribs this weekend, and I'm wondering which store bought barbeque sauce people like. I do have a batch of homemade stuff that I made last year, but I want to experiment with other flavors.

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  1. Granted, this is coming from a Northeasterner but I'm partial to Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce.

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    1. re: CreativeFoodie42

      Sweet Baby Ray's is the only one for me, too. It's the perfect combination of tang and sweet and I like that they don't try to recreate hickory flavor with additives than invariably taste chemically.

      1. re: JungMann

        Sweet Baby Ray's seem to have several varieties. Any favorites of these?

          1. re: CreativeFoodie42

            Ditto - original makes a great rib sauce.

            1. re: CreativeFoodie42

              Count me as another for original. Hot and spicy isn't bad but it doesn't have much of a kick.

              1. re: mrs bacon

                Hickory Brown Sugar. It's the best sauce that comes out of a grocery store.


            2. re: CreativeFoodie42

              Recently, my local supermarket had Sweet Baby Ray's on sale for $1.49, so I decided to give it a try for some Barbecued Chicken.....and I must say I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the product. I don't generally purchase bbq sauce often, but I definitely would purchase this brand again.

              Commercially, one of the places I was associated with used Ken's Cannonball BBQ Sauce. I thought that was a great product as well.....and they make SBR's.


            3. if you're truly set against making your own, i'd avoid commercial products that contain smoke flavoring. i think it almost always tastes bitter.

              1. SBR's is a fine commercial sauce, nothing to be ashamed of at all. I know some professional teams that actually use it is competition, so there's and endorsement for ya. One thing to do is to buy the basic flavor of an SBR, Cattleman's is another well respected commercial--then add to it to meet your taste. Buy a bottle or two and try adding additional galric powder, cumin, cayenne, chili powder, paprika, etc. Or well diced and smashed onion, garlic, jalepeno peppers, brown sugar, etc. In time I bet you find a combo that becomes "yours".

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                1. re: mtomto

                  Great idea!

                  I used SBR when making pulled pork in the slow cooker for the Super Bowl. I followed a recipe and added chili powder, mustard powder, hot sauce and brown sugar and it added great flavor but I haven't done it when making simple BBQ chicken. I'll have to remember to do that next time!

                  1. re: CreativeFoodie42

                    I could take a gallon bottle of Cattleman's Barbecue sauce, and show you how to use it as a base for 6 different sauces that several barbecue restaurants use a variation of.

                2. If you are in an area where they sell Famous Dave's sauces give them a try. I especially like the one named, "Devil's Spit" on grilled chicken. There is something about that incendiary sauce on mild chicken that is just the bomb.

                  We also like Sweet Baby Ray's, Kraft, Open Pit, Jack Daniel's, and other sauces for their unique qualities.

                  1. In parts of Looziana we usually use Jack Miller's as a starting point. It's really good as is but, if you add garlic and a few other personal touches, well, you can make it your own. If you wish to change it..add sugar...might be more Texas that way.