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Best store-bought BBQ sauce?

Trying to do a weekend BBQ but our PC brand smokey BBQ sauce was way too sweet. Anybody has any recommendations for a preferably nonspicy brand?

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  1. Horne's is my favourite. For some reason it's hard to find -- used to be able to get it at Bruno's on Bayview and Dominion. I doctor it up with lots of garlic and hot sauce. A caveat -- I don't like really smokey/molasses/mesquite BBQ sauces -- if mesquite's what you like, then Horne's probably isn't for you. The PC Chicken and Ribs sauce has as similar flavour to Horne's.

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    1. re: Arcadiaseeker

      If you are having trouble finding Horne's BBQ Sauce, I've seen it recently at both Metro and Loblaws.

      1. re: toveggiegirl

        Really??? Thanks for the tip!! Which Loblaws?

        1. re: Arcadiaseeker

          The Forest Hill Loblaws (at Bathurst & St. Clair). It was in the Kosher aisle and a very good price- $2.49. It cost $1 more at Metro! It's funny, I often grocery shop with CHers in mind and I thought of you when I saw this product!

          1. re: toveggiegirl

            Thanks so much!! I am going over to stock up.

    2. The Carolina sauce at B.R.'s is medium spice, not smoky. I bought a 4 litre bottle at about $15 to get through the summer. I need another soon, so I'll make the trek for a meal and BBQ supplies.
      http://www.busterrhinos.com/main/prod...

      1. Yes? Hi! If you can find the Grumpy's that is the best but most of the times you have to order from the America. Also Vashi likes to use the PC Bar-Bee-Q sauces like the Smoke the Stampede and the Habanero Techeela

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        1. re: Indianguy

          I know its not the best BBQ sauce ever, but in a pinch Miss Dianas is pretty good and you can usually get it at any chain store, I like the smokehouse kind.

          1. re: cooksified

            I really like Stubb's. Comes form Stubb's BBQ restaurant in Austin Texas. I get it at Pusateri's and haven't seen it anywhere else. Great smokey flavor.

            http://www.stubbsaustin.com

            1. re: robb

              I also love Stubb's and have found it at Longo's. I've gotten lazy and always use it when making ribs.

            2. re: cooksified

              I like the sweetness of Diana's (Original flavour) but also use PC. Gourmet/Tournament.....I'm not a fan of smoke flavour in any way shape or form but sometimes for a spicier sauce I add a bit of Mr. Goudas Hot Sauce. I prefer a 'wet' sauce over a 'dry rub' on just about everthing from Ribs to Chicken to Wings.

              1. re: pearlD

                What is the difference between their "gourmet" and "tournament"?

                I have wondered.

                We have the "tournament" one and it's not bad.

                1. re: duckdown

                  I think the "Tournament" one is a bit zippier...the "Gourmet" is more mellow. While I prefer Dianna's Original because overall, I want sweet not too spicy and for sure NOT smokey..it fits the bill....I simply do not like 'smoke-flavouring' on or in anything...I will eat 'southern bar b que (when we are in Savannah) but it is an act of 'love' for my husband that forces the issue!! LOL!!

                  1. re: pearlD

                    Nothing wrong with Diana sauce, and its amazing on BBQ'ed wings as well

                    I also like the sweet sauces

                    1. re: duckdown

                      Diana sauce is terrible and besides, it's too thin to be a good BBQ sauce.

            1. re: racheljenna

              I totally agree. Bullseye sauce is surprisingly really good for being a pretty generic brand. It is not sweet at all and has some nice smokiness to it.

              1. re: Toronto Chower

                Cook's Illustrated often says that Bull's-Eye is the best store bought BBQ sauce.

                WON
                http://whatsonmyplate.wordpress.com

              2. re: racheljenna

                I second that! I mopped it on thinly sliced beef ribs cooked over lump charcoal and everyone couldn't get enough of the stuff. I frickin' only got 3 slices >=(.

                1. re: racheljenna

                  It has too much added smoke for my taste. Since your link goes to Kraft, a chemical copy of smoke is entirely possible.

                2. While not a starter base, I would suggest Bufalo Chipotle as something to give a good accent to a base sauce. Now available at Loblaws, or if they have another personality change, Perola's.