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Jul 22, 2009 06:35 AM

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.

      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.


            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 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.


              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.