Heckys Original Barbecue Sauce (5/5)



A sweet tomato, KC-style sauce that is equally effective out of the bottle as it is cooked on the grill.  The sauce hits you first with a blast of sweetness and then lingers and transforms to produce a smoky, tangy aftertaste.


A perfect blend of tomato, sweet, smoke, and spice.

Look / Consistency

Smooth – but with nice specks to indicate a fair amount of real ingredients (lemon, red pepper, spices, dried garlic, dried onion.

Before Cooking Flavor

In the same league as KC standards Sweet Baby Ray’s and Trader Joe’s KC Style BBQ Sauce, this one provides that super sweet tomato smoky spice blend.

After Cooking Flavor

Very sugary and it loves to char up, so it put on the meat really late in the cooking.  If done correctly, you will get a nice essence without burning off the sweet. Unlike some other sauces, this doesn’t really transform into anything new or magical on the grill, but the base flavor is so good you should really enjoy it as long as it’s not burnt. Keep the meat on until it’s just about done, then slather it on.


High fructose corn syrup, water, distilled vinegar, tomato paste, corn syrup, salt, modified corn starch, lemon juice concentrate, natural smoke flavor, spice, paprika, red pepper, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate (preservatives) dried garlic, dried onion, caramel color.


Well not great (high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup, and modified food starch, artificial colors and preservatives).  Not for the most health conscious of BBQers.  But here the flavor really dictates the score, especially because I am not a nutritionist.


Great.  Can’t see much room for improvement.

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