Cattlemen’s KC Classic BBQ Sauce Review (4/5)


It was something I had to do.  I review the searches performed on this site and it was easy to see that one of the most popular searches for which I didn’t have a solid result is “Cattlemen’s BBQ Sauce.”  I have already professed my penchant for Bullseye BBQ sauce and I had reviewed several other big brand sauces (and I’ll do many more).  I found out while it’s not revolutionary or remarkable, it is quite tasty and deserves 4 stars.


Nice. Complex.  Good dark tomato, garlic, vinegar, and onion.  Hint of whiskey?  Maybe that was something I drank.


A little bit smoky, a little bit dark KC BBQ sauce, and some spices thrown in to mix it up (garlic, onion).  No heat, but interesting enough to feel somewhat different compared to the scores of sauces that are very similar.


Great thickness – the magical 4 on the 1 – 5 scale from watery to super gloppy.


Water, Tomato Paste, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, Molasses, Salt, Mustard Bran, Natural Hickory Smoke, Spices, Onion Powder, Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Garlic Powder, Caramel Color, Sugar, and Natural Flavors.

Sauce Score: 4

It was a requirement to taste this, but it wasn’t a chore.  It is an interesting flavor that remains tasting after the grill and sticks to the meat well.  If you can get this stuff for a good price, I can see why so many folks are searching for it.  But… it is kinda like the Budweiser of BBQ sauces (like Bullseye and Sweet Baby Rays).  Why not support smaller, local BBQ sauce maker instead?


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.



  1. L. B. Garcia says

    Why does Cattlemen’s (and very nearly all barbecue sauces) still include high fructose corn syrup? We have to eat & imbibe more than enough sugar in our lives. The only BBQ sauce I’ve seen on store shelves that has discontinued hfcs, I think, is Heinz (at least in their recent Memphis/Carolina/Texas/Kansas City series).

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