Big Nugg BBQ Company Q Sauce (3/5)

Big Nugg Q Sauce

The sauce is good.  It gets an average rating of 3 for being a quality sauce for cooking meats over a grill or slow cooked for the full BBQ experience.  It is not a multipurpose player so you wouldn’t catch me dipping veggies or crackers in this sauce or even making BBQ burgers with it. But on the grill, after proper caramelization is complete and some of those supersweet sugars burn off, it is decent choice and has a nice red chili sauce flavor for something a little different.

From the BigNugg BBQ website: BigNugg BBQ co was born in April of 2001. I decided that day to try my hand at making BBQ sauce. Myself, being a culinary school graduate, I understood the basic components of various types of sauces, and on this day Q sauce was born. Allthough several batches were required to achieve the sauce it is today. My interest in BBQ I owe to my father. As a newly graduated member of the culinary arts my father had reminded me that just because I had learn the art of cooking in a kitchen, I still couldnt BBQ a good steak! This sparked the drive that got me curious to learn the art of BBQ. An artform you ask? Taking a piece of meat that is not normally a desired cut of meat, and turning that into something that people would drive for miles just to taste is truly an artform in my opinion. Needless to say after years of practicing, lots of mistakes and proud moments, it has truly become my passion (I assume a person wrote this, although no name is left here).

Enough of that – on to the review!

Smell/Aroma

Tomato Vinegar with strong onion and red chili highlights.  Those red chili’s are strong on the olfactories – but good!

Before Cooking Flavor

Fairly complex flavors.  When I played little league baseball, we used to get Slush Puppies all the time.  We would order one with a squirt from every flavor all in one – one grape, one raspberry, one cherry, etc.  The resulting flavor was just a little confusing.  Like mixing a bunch of paints together and ending up with dark brown.  It just seems like the creators put so many ingredients into it and then prayed it would come out OK…  and it’s pretty good, just really sweet.

Consistency

Perfect – a little on the thick side but not unnatural or artificially “globby.”  It moves like a sauce and not like water or some of the goo-ey sauces I’ve had.  Excellent look with real spices showing through.

After Cooking Flavor

Nice – everything evens out for a milder version of the sauce and the chilies calm down a bit too.  Overall flavor is still a bit unfocused but the sweetness quotient drops to a more manageable level.

Ingredients

Water, Sugar, Tomato Paste, Vinegars (Apple Cider, White Distilled), Honey, Molasses, HFCS, Salt, Garlic, Peppers (Cayenne, Red Chili), Mustard Seed, Spices, Natural Smoke Flavor, Wheat, Soybeans, Citric Acid, Raisins, Paprika, Fruit Juice Concentrates (Orange, Tangerine), Celery Seed, Lemon Juice, Natural Flavors, Oranges, Onions, Tamarind Extract, Soybean Oil, Turmeric, Dextrin, Anchovy Extract, Xanthan Gum, Caramel Color, Annato, Calcium Disodium EDTA (retains product freshness).

Nutrition

Nothing significantly healthy or unique in the nutrition department.

Marketing and Packaging

Somewhat generic label looks like it was designed by someone just learning how to use Photoshop.  Their website has a “funny” animated gif which showcases the words “Rub… Your… Meat” over and over again until you want to say… OK! Wink, Wink. I get it.  All in all, seems like a bunch of guys I’d feel right at home with – but the marketing / packaging quality could use a boost and the animated gif might “rub” some buyers the wrong way.

Related Website

BigNuggBBQ website.

Site Editor, BBQ Sauce Lover, Family Guy, Hi Tech Marketer by Day. He recently wrote the Ebook “How to Market Your BBQ Sauce” which can be purchased on this site.

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