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Down to three BBQ sauces. Help me pick

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hello -

Almost time to pick out mu mail order BBQ sauce. Not being happy with what is available in the supermarket, I mail order some each summer. The three I am thinking ofL

1. Powdrell's - Excellent. A little thin. Reminds me of better Bone Suckin' Sauce
2. Jack miller's - Unique. I have not had in a couple of years, but recall it a bit spicy. Very thick and chunky.
3. Maull's - Maybe teh best KC sauce out there.

What I cook: Lots of chicken (leg quarters, wings), occasional pork ribs.

Thoughts/votes welcome.

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  1. If you're unhappy with store bought BBQ sauces, why not make your own?

    1. I suggest that you make your own. It is not that daunting, and when you find one that you've made that you like, it can be replicated.

      1. I am not familiar with the three sauces that you've listed, so I can't help you there. If/when I do buy a bottled BBQ sauce, I buy Stubb's (the spicy one).

        Most often I make my sauce: This is my simple recipe that I have used for at least 15 years.

        1c ketchup
        1c water
        1 medium onion, fine dice
        1/4-1/2 c packed brown sugar
        1/4 c Worchestershire
        2 T vinegar
        1 t chili powder
        1/2 t cayenne pepper

        stir together, heat to boil, reduce to simmer uncovered for 20 min. until the sauce has thickened.

        I usually double the recipe. It is very easy to play around with to adjust to your liking (sweeter, less heat, add chipolte, whatever you like) If you like it without the onion chunks you can even use an immersion blender to make a smooth consistency.

        Enjoy your quest!

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        1. re: pagesinthesun

          That sounds good! How long would this stay good in the fridge? Should I freeze and defrost as needed.

        2. I think Maull's is made is St Louis. Definitely not a KC sauce.

          Best of the KC sauces are Bryant's or Gate's. Neither are particularly sweet.

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          1. re: chileheadmike

            You are right about Maull's. http://www.maull.com/history.html is their history. I am curious as to how you compare KC vs St Louis style sauce (not bbq... ).

            1. re: cwdonald

              Not sure how to compare. I think when most people hear KC Style, they think KC Masterpiece. It's a terrible sauce which is way too sweet and is not representative of anything that is served in KC.

              A lot of joints have their own sauce, Gate's, Bryant's, LC's and OK Joe's. They're all very different from each other. They are tomato based, so that is one thing they have in common. There is an element of sweetness, but not the overpowering cloying sweet of KCM. Terrible stuff.

          2. I generally oppose sweet, thick sauces. However, for chicken I've found they work best. The only thing I put on ribs, besides the rub, is a mop after I've got them out of the smoker.

            1. Have you tried Head Country? That's my favorite of the sauces I've been able to find in a supermarket. I've bought it at City Market which is a regional Kroger chain. And recently, I was surprised to see it at Walmart.

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              1. re: Chimayo Joe

                Nope. Never heard of it. When I was in TX, I liked Rudy's (yeah, I know it is a chain, but reverse - snobbery aside, darn good and very consistent).

              2. Franklin's espresso BBQ sauce is the bomb. I haven't tried the other 2. It is supposed to be available online now, though i can't find a link to order it on their website. Might be worth seeking out, though.


                1. Here's a delicious BBQ sauce. Hot as Hell, too. My mother-in-law (of all people) bought this stuff for me and I loved it.


                  1. I also recommend making your own. I love Bone Suckin Sauce - but my homemade is just as good or better. And a heck of a lot cheaper. I've made it and given it away as gifts and the people I gave it to LOVED it.

                    Is my Daddy's "recipe" - I watched him grill chicken, make his basting sauce and BBQ sauce for years. Now I replicate it.