King James BBQ Sauce (4/5)

Final assessment: the King James is a better dipping sauce than marinade or glaze, but that’s all right with me. 4 stars for taste, 4 stars for texture. And unlike the other self appointed “King,” I look forward to seeing this James again.

Geronimo’s Tangy Barbeque Sauce (3/5)

Initial Impression: Cool label.  Obviously someone has put a lot of thought into it.  American Indian inspired and great causes listed on the label: National Kidney Foundation of Southern California and American Cancer Society.  This is obviously a sauce-maker with concern for his society both locally and globally. Aroma: 4 A pleasantly intoxicating blend on tomato, […]

McCane’s Southern Fixin’s Original Pit Sauce (4/5)

Stewart McCane calls his sauces the best thing you ever threw a lip over – which is certainly a bold statement.  But do his sauces have the boldness and flavor to back him up? Sure they do. Smell and Aroma 4 A somwhat traditional scent like tomato sauce mixed with apple vinegar – also some […]

Luna Mercato Blueberry Barbecue Sauce (3/5)

It’s been awhile since my review of Luna Mercato’s Strawberry Barbecue Sauce – more than enough time to let give my tastebuds a break from fruity BBQ sauce. In general, I’m just not a big fan of the category. While there are certainly stand-outs (the sauce formerly known as Carribean Calypso for example), there’s a lot of mileage in between the stars.

Big Nugg Company Southwest Chipotle Q Sauce (4/5)

Decent flavor from a competition barbecue team that wanted to bring “the exact sauces” they use in competition to you.  Like Blender’s this one provides a strong vinegar oomph but not quite as overpowering.  The three pepper blend (Cayenne, Chipotle, Red Chili) provides a great balance of flavor and heat – just enough to heat […]

Blenders Chipotle Barbeque Sauce (3/5)

Blenders has a great story and a great, all-natural ingredients list as I’ve described on my review for their original blend. The chipotle flavor is a nice addition to the deep rich tomato/vinegar and spice blend of the original. This super thick sauce flows like lava from the bottle to your basting bowl and onto the meat, with no problem staying put once it’s there. Like the original, the strong, sour notes of vinegar were still a bit much for these tastebuds.

Miller’s Spicy Bar-B-Q Sauce (5/5)

Miller’s brings to market a traditional KC-style BBQ sauce with a smooth balance of heat and sweet. I liked the strong hickory via liquid smoke and the deep rich flavors provided by the molasses and brown sugar.

Hecky’s Hot Barbecue Sauce (4/5)

This sauce is a little brother to Hecky’s Original, which I gave five stars back in May.   And it does a couple things I really liked but didn’t impress me as much as their original sauce.  The sauce was certainly hotter than the original (expected), but the flavor profile also changed quite a bit.  Don’t […]

Saint A’s BAR-B-Q Sauce (3/5)

St. Augustine is a city in the northeast section of Florida that was founded in 1565 by Spanish explorer and admiral, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés.  It is the oldest continuously occupied European-established city and port in the United States.  St. Augustine lies in a region of Florida known as “The First Coast”, which extends from […]

Sauces that Remind Me of Spices I Like (or Vice Versa)

Timberfolks The nutmeg in here reminds of Harpoon Winter Warmer Lager Captain Curts The bay leaves remind me of Old Bay (any Baltimore crab eaters out there?) Willingham’s Cajun Hot BBQ Sauce Reminds me of McCormicks Cajun spice (or Penzey’s cajun spice) Outta the Park BBQ Sauce Strong notes of ginger!

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