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Best store-bought BBQ sauce?

Royaljelly Jul 22, 2009 06:35 AM

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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    Arcadiaseeker RE: Royaljelly Jul 22, 2009 06:55 AM

    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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      toveggiegirl RE: Arcadiaseeker Jul 29, 2009 08:44 AM

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

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        Arcadiaseeker RE: toveggiegirl Jul 29, 2009 04:16 PM

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

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          toveggiegirl RE: Arcadiaseeker Jul 29, 2009 04:42 PM

          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!

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            Arcadiaseeker RE: toveggiegirl Aug 1, 2009 04:43 PM

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

    2. jayt90 RE: Royaljelly Jul 22, 2009 06:57 AM

      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.

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        Indianguy RE: Royaljelly Jul 22, 2009 07:16 AM

        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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          cooksified RE: Indianguy Jul 22, 2009 07:55 AM

          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.

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            robb RE: cooksified Jul 22, 2009 08:21 AM

            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.


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              swissmissy RE: robb Jul 23, 2009 07:07 AM

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

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              pearlD RE: cooksified Jul 22, 2009 07:21 PM

              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.

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                duckdown RE: pearlD Jul 22, 2009 10:44 PM

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

                I have wondered.

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

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                  pearlD RE: duckdown Jul 29, 2009 02:09 PM

                  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!!

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                    duckdown RE: pearlD Jul 29, 2009 09:29 PM

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

                    I also like the sweet sauces

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                      evansl RE: duckdown Jul 30, 2009 03:29 AM

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

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            racheljenna RE: Royaljelly Jul 22, 2009 06:09 PM

            Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce was a HUGE hit at dinner.


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              Toronto Chower RE: racheljenna Jul 22, 2009 06:14 PM

              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.

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                wontonfm RE: Toronto Chower Aug 3, 2009 07:50 AM

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


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                scarberian RE: racheljenna Oct 29, 2009 04:30 PM

                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 >=(.

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                  jayt90 RE: racheljenna Oct 29, 2009 05:02 PM

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

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                  Snarf RE: Royaljelly Jul 22, 2009 07:21 PM

                  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.

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                    Tatai RE: Royaljelly Jul 22, 2009 07:34 PM

                    I really enjoy WOW Ol' Smokey BBQ Sauce, made in Ontario by the Pickle Guy Company. It's not as sweet as others on the market and has more complex flavours. www.thepickleguy.com

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                      Aislyn RE: Tatai Jul 23, 2009 03:54 AM

                      If you have the opportunity, try the Q-Gourmet cooking sauces developed by Chef Ray Bear. All three (Smokey Barbeque, Smokey Mango and Passion Fruit Mustard Grill Marinade) are amazing. You can see by this link that even the White House has taken a liking to the Smokey Barbeque. I've been told that Mark McEwen carries them at his new store.


                    2. Davwud RE: Royaljelly Jul 23, 2009 04:22 AM

                      Have you tried cutting it with a bit of AC vinegar??


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                        Royaljelly RE: Davwud Jul 23, 2009 08:22 AM

                        I was thinking about that, since we have 5 different kinds of vinegar on hand. But I don't find the sauce itself too appetizing so yeah, in a pinch I will have to do that.

                        Thanks for all the great responses!

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                        wop_genius RE: Royaljelly Jul 30, 2009 01:24 AM

                        VIttorios Honey Garlic...its yummy...not tooo sweet...but it is sweet...fairly real ingredient list....

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                          Toronto Fastfoodie RE: Royaljelly Aug 1, 2009 04:51 PM

                          I have two favorites: Memories of Dad from Loblaws (hope that stuff is still around) and Tony Roma's sauces. I can find the TR at Costco occasionally and I always get it. For lamb, I really like L&L brown sauce.


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                            jayt90 RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Aug 1, 2009 07:25 PM

                            What is L&L Brown Sauce?

                            The only brown sauce I know is Espagnol, from Escoffier, and it takes two or three days to prepare.

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                              Tatai RE: jayt90 Aug 1, 2009 08:37 PM

                              L & L Grill Sauce is the farthest thing from sauce espagnole; Escoffier would roll in his grave... ;-)

                              The sauce is a thick brown-coloured grilling sauce/marinade that's sweet and tangy and is sold mostly in kosher grocers and kosher-style butcher shops such as Nortown. The only web presence it seems to have is on local kosher-certification websites.

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                                Toronto Fastfoodie RE: Tatai Aug 2, 2009 10:28 AM

                                I actually usually buy it at Pusiteri (sorry about the spelling). I was at a bbq that was catered by Pusiteri's and the lamb chops were marinated in the L&L sauce and they were A.MAZE.ING

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                                  jayt90 RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Aug 2, 2009 10:45 AM

                                  Memories of Dad is still in Loblaws. I'll try it.

                                  I have Tony Roma's, but prefer freshly made Buster Rhino's, in the big $15 container. Both good. My favorite PC BBQ sauce is Memories of Montego, but it doesn't last long. (When you spread the spicy, herby sauce on your entree, a bottle is soon used up.)
                                  I always have to buy two or three bottles at a time.

                                  I'll look for L&L next time I slum my way into Pusateri.

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                                  Tatai RE: Tatai Aug 4, 2009 03:15 PM

                                  I was just at Nortown and took a look a the L & L sauce (there are two varieties). The full name is London & Langtree, marketed through Gourmet Trading: http://www.gourmettrading.com/london&... Still almost no web presence, and no indication of where the product is made.

                            2. duckdown RE: Royaljelly Aug 2, 2009 03:26 PM

                              I always wondered if that Dad's memories sauce was any good... Looks like I'll have to try it

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                                snackboy RE: Royaljelly Aug 4, 2009 02:55 PM

                                Hi All,

                                I agree with bulls-eye . . .and I also enjoy KC Masterpiece . . . It's from the states but on occasion I do see it up here...


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                                  evansl RE: snackboy Aug 30, 2009 12:54 PM

                                  KC Masterpiece is my standard, although it's a bit too sweet, so it's best used as base.

                                  Another somewhat odd option is Grace's jerk BBQ sauce. It's a cross between jerk sauce and standard BBQ sauce. Oddly, it works pretty well.

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                                    froglegs RE: evansl Aug 30, 2009 02:30 PM

                                    I usually make my own sauces and marinades because 1. I like to know what is it in it and 2. I don't like too much garlic or sweetness.
                                    However recently I was in a pinch and had no time to make a bbq sauce ( I do not like Diana's sauce, btw) and so I bought Ted Reader's Beerlicious sauce for ribs. I saw him cooking on tv on some fishing show and it looked pretty darn good.
                                    Turned out the Beerlicious sauce was excellent! When it was on special at the grocery store.....it sold out completely! His tomato -ketchup sauce is really good on burgers!

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                                      Boodah RE: evansl Oct 29, 2009 11:29 AM

                                      Where is KC Masterpiece available in Toronto?

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                                      CKN RE: snackboy Aug 30, 2009 08:57 PM

                                      Where do you find KC Masterpiece up here?

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                                        ebay3392 RE: CKN Aug 31, 2009 05:51 AM

                                        I don't think they sell it in Canada..best bet is to hit Buffalo for KC Masterpiece or order online and have it shipped to you.

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                                          jayt90 RE: CKN Aug 31, 2009 06:14 AM

                                          I bought it at Costco last Spring; they may still have it.

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                                            CKN RE: jayt90 Sep 1, 2009 03:59 PM

                                            Are you sure it was KC Masterpiece? I remember seeing a bottle of BBQ sauce there that at first glance I thought was KC Masterpiece, but as it turns out it was something else.

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                                              jayt90 RE: CKN Sep 3, 2009 04:59 PM

                                              I set this aside after one use in May. The artificial smoke flavor ruined the molasses sauce.

                                              On re-examine it, the label says 'Kansas City type BBQ Sauce', made by E.D. Smith, Winona, Ontario. It goes on to say
                                              "Buy local, Eat Global!"

                                              I have to say,I will toss this one, and hope the real K.C. Masterpiece arrives here sometime, or better yet, a good recipe would do.

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                                            Doctormhl1 RE: CKN Sep 3, 2009 05:16 PM

                                            I bought KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce at Wal-Mart on Highway 7 and Jane St a few months ago.

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                                          jternes RE: Royaljelly Oct 29, 2009 08:49 AM

                                          Try Cattleboyz BBQ sauce, in costco in the summer, other than that longos and sobeys. I find it hard to burn on the grill compared to other tomatoe based sauces

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                                            jayt90 RE: jternes Oct 29, 2009 08:56 AM

                                            They closed it out in August at $3 (I got 4 ).

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                                            motley707 RE: Royaljelly Feb 5, 2014 01:26 PM

                                            Has anyone tried Kissimmee Red Sauce?

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