Hoosier Daddy Sweet & Sassy Barbecue Sauce (4/5)

This sauce has an interesting, mustard/tomato compound flavor that is somewhat concealed by the aggressive spoon wielding boar on the label.  The sauce is a blend of a tomato-based and mustard based BBQ sauce, so you’re getting a hybrid sauce here, one that’s got enough flavor to not need any spicy ingredients to mix it up.   I liked the flavor – the tomato/mustard blend was nicely executed, each bite was half traditional BBQ sauce flavor and half mustard BBQ sauce flavor… each bite was a little bit one way or the other, making it fun to eat.
On the negatives, the ingredients were not the best, and the texture was a bit too smooth – it would benefit from some real chunks of garlic or onion or even celery.   I tried it on grilled chicken and on ham (as a dipping sauce) and liked it on both.

First glance at the bottle and I’m a little confused.  I’d been emailing Kim from Hoosier Daddy for some time, and the whole time I’m expecting an Indiana Hoosiers sports tie-in.  Yes, the sauce is made in Indianapolis, but I can’t find a connection to the basketball team made famous by the 1986 movie starring Gene Hackman.

At first, I figure licensing fees to make a true Hoosiers BBQ sauce would have been quite pricey.  Maybe it’s something to look at later?  Then I wondered if I really knew the meaning of a Hoosier anyway…  And according to Wikipedia, “Hoosier is the official demonym for a resident of the U.S. State of Indiana. Although residents of most U.S. states typically adopt a derivative of the state name, e.g., Indianan or Indianian, natives of Indiana never use these. The State of Indiana adopted the nickname “Hoosier State” more than 150 years ago. “Hoosiers” is also the nickname for the Indiana University athletic teams.”  Want to learn more??  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoosier

So, it’s a sauce from Indiana folks for other Indiana folks. Duh! I asked my wife if she knew that all Indianan’s were simply called Hoosiers… she said “of course, you didn’t know that?!”

Oh well… in the Boston, Massachusetts area, someone could make Beanpot BBQ Sauce or Minuteman BBQ Sauce or just Masshole BBQ Sauce!

Nice bottle… although I prefer glass canning jars, I appreciated the squeeze-able bottle with the flip-top.

Nutrition facts

Ingredients and the meaning behind the boar.

The brand is Kimberlee Foy’s dedication to her daddy, the boar on the bottle…

He was from Indiana (Hoosier)
He was her Daddy
Hoosier + Daddy = Hoosier Daddy.

The color is nice.

Bottom line:

If you are looking for a nice hybrid sauce – or maybe looking for a first mustard sauce to ease into, this could certainly be the sauce for you.

Website (warning: it has sound :))

http://hoosierdaddybbqsauce.com/

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Comments

  1. In response to your suggestions on the negatives (ingredients, texture, benefit of garlic, onion or celery), these are all complimentary ingredients and are a part of our upcoming sauces, all of which will keep you from getting Boar…..d. Sweet & Sassy is what is says! Ghost Roast will soon hit the stores, be afraid! Accomodating Rubs to follow!

  2. Nicolas says:

    Nice review ! 🙂

  3. Thanks Kim, It was a fun sauce to try and taste- Looking forward to your next sauces and rubs!

    Thanks Nick, send me a fine Belgian ale and I’ll find a way to get you some more sauce!! 🙂

    – B!

  4. We bought 2 bottles of the BBQ sauce after trying it on ribs at the Dyer Summer Fest. The sauce tastes great. We marinated some ham steaks and then bbq’d them. Quite tasty. Am looking forward to trying future sauces and rubs as they become available.

    • Ghost Roast has hit the shelves! We promised it Hot and it brings the Heat and leaves no prisoners! You can currently find it at Rob’s Meat Shop and Foodies in Dyer, Stop & Shop and Alsip Nursery in St. John. We are in the process of delivering to all our vendors check our website for locations!

  5. Doug Dillow says:

    Charlie Adams Day Festival
    Newkirk Main Street & Newkirk Chamber of Commerce

    My name Is Doug Dillow and I am participating in a BBQ competition in September . I am in the process of contacting companies to see if they would like to donate a small product with there name on it to be passed to the 15 cookers that we have. We have approximately 800-1000 people come thru this
    BBQ Cook-Off. It is Called Charlie Adams Day. You may look it up on our website charlieadams.com Your items will be going into the cookers bags as a Thank you for helping us at our cook-off. For Items that amount to over $50.00 we also put you logo on a large banner as a sponsor for our program. You may contact me by phone at (580) 362-7676. Mailing address is 1100 E Dry Rd Newkirk, Oklahoma 74647
    In the past we have been donated spices, BBQ cooking utensils, coolers and lights etc. Thank you for taking time to consider this. Doug Dillow and the Charlie Adams Day committee.

    ____________________

    Doug Dillow

  6. I am a friend of one of your distant cousins from Lapel, Indiana. He brought a bottle of your sweet and sassy to work, and I feel honored to have tried such a delicious sauce with a wonderful story behind it along with it be a local sauce made in indiana…..
    looking forward to it being introduced to our local supermarket shelves…..

    • Hoosier Daddy BBQ Sauce says:

      James,

      Thank you so much for your kind words and I’m glad you enjoyed the sauce! We have just returned from Dallas Food Show and made an unexpected tongue and taste bud thriller to many! Soon we will be available in your local supermarket. Keep checking our website for updates on locations. Tell AJ I said keep paying it forward!

  7. Where can I buy this it’s my favorite

  8. Karen Bogaski says:

    I need, want and must have this BBQSauce. Please tell me where I can buy some at.online or at a store.pleasei need to have this sauce.

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