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Best tasting store bought bbq sauce

Monica Jul 5, 2011 06:47 AM

I am not sure how easy or hard it is to make a good homemade bbq sauce but store bought can be pretty convenient way to spicy up my chicken.
So what's the best tasting bbq sauce in a jar that is relatively easy to get from a local supermarket?
I hate reading ingredients listed on most bbq sauce...first one on the list, high fructose corn syrup then corn syrup....
anyone here makes your own bbq sauce? any good recipe?

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  1. srsone RE: Monica Jul 5, 2011 06:53 AM

    if u can find it...my current favorite "bottled sauce" is Bone Suckin sauce...

    and then for reviews of others i use

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      jjjrfoodie RE: Monica Jul 5, 2011 07:21 AM

      If doing your own, I;d suggest trying out a small batch of the Neely's bbq sauce.

      Simple, and uses ketchup as it's base.


      I probably have close to a dozen BBQ sauces in my fridge, all tasting different and paired with different food.


      Cattleman's Mississippi Honey BBQ (national
      )Montgomery Inn (Ohio)
      Cotton Eye Joe (Nebraska)
      Famous Dave's Devil Sauce (National)
      Cactus Pear BBQ sauce(Arizona)
      Sweet Baby Rays sweet and spicy (National)

      I also buy sauce from 2 or 3 local BBQ places that bottle their own as I don't see it as something necessary to make on my own,

      The largest challenge of bottled sauces is sorting out what is available in your area. Selection varies from store to store, chain to chain and sometimes what part of a given city you live in.

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        Mayor of Melonville RE: jjjrfoodie Jul 5, 2011 07:35 AM

        I don't see a lot of upside in keeping a large assortment of sauces on hand. Other than the broad differences between tomato/vinegar/mustard bases, there's little to separate one from the other IMHO, although there are those that are more sweet, hot, etc. Certainly not when you factor in cost (ingredients in that $7 bottle cost around a buck). I'm in it for the flavor of the meat, anyway, not the sauce.

        It's the "cult of BBQ sauce", closely related to the "cult of hot sauce".

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          jjjrfoodie RE: Mayor of Melonville Jul 5, 2011 07:51 AM

          Actually, those sauces that are not "national brands" are quite unique in their flavor and sweetness, and as I am not a sauce "hoarder" by any means, I can tell them apart in any given taste test.

          That said, I will side with you and say most of the nationally available sauces do tend to taste somewhat similar to each other.

          Outside of the mustard based sauces and Big Bob Gibson's white sauce, it's just varying degrees of heat, smokiness and sweetness that push and pull the sauce itself.

          For me, I mainly buy locally in squeeze/squirt bottles from the local BBQ joints that I enjoy. It's fresh made, home made and less than $4 a bottle. Easy, accessable and not a "break the bank" proposition.

      2. Monica RE: Monica Jul 5, 2011 07:56 AM

        btw, imo, worst tasting bottled bbq sauces come from the famous steak restaurants.

        1. Chocolatechipkt RE: Monica Jul 5, 2011 08:18 AM

          Trader Joe's bbq sauce is very good IMO (and does not contain HFCS). I prefer the one in the taller plastic bottle (can't remember the exact name), but they also have a different style in a jar.

          I've made my own (Eating Well has a great peach bbq sauce recipe, if you're into that kind of thing), but I like having a bottle of sauce on hand as well.

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            Monica RE: Chocolatechipkt Jul 5, 2011 08:31 AM

            Nice! I will check this out..love Trader Joe's...

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              velochic RE: Chocolatechipkt Jul 5, 2011 12:25 PM

              TJ's is also our favorite. It's the one in the glass bottle, called "Bold & Smoky Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce".

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              CDouglas RE: Monica Jul 5, 2011 08:28 AM

              Dinosaur BBQ sauce is great and does not have HFC. Stubbs is another readily available sauce that does not have high fructose corn syrup as well.

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                Monica RE: CDouglas Jul 5, 2011 08:31 AM

                Yeah, I heard some positive reviews on Stubbs.

              2. Disneyfreak RE: Monica Jul 5, 2011 08:33 AM

                Sweet Baby Rays and Bone Suckin Sauce are two I like.

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                  Westy RE: Monica Jul 5, 2011 08:48 AM

                  Jack Miller's, from Louisiana, is different and great.

                  Maull's original.

                  cookie's, from Iowa

                  Any of the above beat the heck out of most.

                  Carolina Treet is very different and quite good.

                  If in a pinch, I use Sweet Baby Ray's.

                  1. greygarious RE: Monica Jul 5, 2011 08:49 AM

                    FWIW, Cook's Illustrated chose Bull's Eye Original as the best national brand bottled BBQ sauce.

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                      fourunder RE: Monica Jul 5, 2011 08:49 AM


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                        valerie RE: Monica Jul 5, 2011 12:35 PM

                        Here are a lot of opinions....



                        1. biondanonima RE: Monica Jul 5, 2011 12:37 PM

                          I love love LOVE Maull's brand sauces (their original is the best, but the jalapeno and the smokey are great too), but they're only available in St. Louis, MO (or maybe statewide) as far as I know. Otherwise, I prefer my BBQ sauce on the tangy side so I shy away from anything that specifically says "sweet" or "honey."

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                            catfur RE: Monica Jul 5, 2011 12:41 PM

                            I second the Trader Joe brand, nice touch of spice in it. A little harder to find is a brand called 1849, which comes about as close to the flavors of a home-made sauce. And as for making one, if you can find the recipe for the Jack Daniels bbq sauce or some variation with bourbon, you can doctor it to your liking. I added more chili pepper flakes and doubled the amount of bourbon, think it was 2 oz instead of 1, (could have been 3 oz) the alcohol burns off anyway it was the flavor I was after.

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                              Sailing77 RE: Monica Jul 5, 2011 12:52 PM

                              I like D.L. Jardines Killer BBQ sauce. The Oakville Grocery Chipotle BBQ sauce is also excellent.

                              It is very easy to make your own though. I have made the one that LBJ's personal chef made for him.

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                                Wtg2Retire RE: Sailing77 Jul 5, 2011 03:53 PM

                                Do you have the recipe for the one that LBJ's chef made and, if so, would you mind sharing it, please.

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                                  Sailing77 RE: Wtg2Retire Jul 6, 2011 07:03 AM

                                  "Do you have the recipe for the one that LBJ's chef made and, if so, would you mind sharing it, please."

                                  Here ya go...

                                  Prep Time: 20 minutes
                                  Total Time: 20 minutes
                                  Yield: Makes about 3 cups
                                  1 1/2 cups water
                                  1 cup ketchup
                                  1/2 cup cider vinegar
                                  3 stalks celery, chopped
                                  1/4 cup butter
                                  1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
                                  2 tablespoons chopped onion
                                  3 bay leaves
                                  1 clove garlic, minced
                                  1 teaspoon sugar
                                  1 teaspoon chili powder
                                  1 teaspoon paprika
                                  1/8 teaspoon salt
                                  pinch of black pepper

                                  Mix all ingredients together. Place in saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and strain.

                              2. Caitlin McGrath RE: Monica Jul 5, 2011 12:57 PM

                                I like this sauce recipe, though I cut back the brown sugar a bit. Easy, keeps in the fridge for a while, or make axtra and freeze.


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                                  Floridagirl RE: Monica Jul 5, 2011 07:53 PM

                                  I bbq alot and make my own but for store bought I like KC Masterpiece and, form Stephen Raichlen website, 2 parts KC Masterpiece, one part store bought salsa. Not worth DIY sometimes

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                                    Godslamb RE: Floridagirl Jul 5, 2011 08:05 PM

                                    I can't seem to make a good bbq sauce, so I love to put on the new (to me) Budweiser BBQ sauces. Love the beer taste in the background on my meats. Yummy!

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                                      Floridagirl RE: Godslamb Jul 5, 2011 08:18 PM

                                      have not tried them but am looking forward to doing so. bbq sauce, to me, is really hard to make

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                                    awm922 RE: Monica Jul 6, 2011 07:53 AM

                                    Sweet Baby Ray's is the only BBQ sauce I use. I also add it to baked beans, peppers and onions besides for meats.

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                                      Oboegal RE: Monica Jul 6, 2011 04:46 PM

                                      If I'm not making my own, I prefer Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Chipotle Sauce.

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