Pat’s Ho-Made BBQ Sauce (3/5)

Not many sauces come in that cause me to snicker at their potentially unintended double-meaning – is this sauce a candidate for   Instead of being home-made sauce or homemade sauce or maybe even “homade” (if we want to start inventing words)…. the makers of this sauce chose “ho-made.”  I’ve seen a few BBQ sauce forums posting a pic of this one and wondering the same – is it intentional or is it a mistake? Here’s a Flickr pic.  Here’s a post on

The sauce itself is a semi-unremarkable sauce which tastes a bit like slightly modified ketchup. Notable usage of nutmeg and clove, but not enough to make the taste stand-out in the crowd.  The ambiguous usage of the word “ho” might be all the free marketing this sauce is going to get.  Medium thickness, medium taste, and peppery – but a bit on the bland side.


Average BBQ sauce smell – vinegar and tomato with a hint of perhaps tamarind to round it off.


Expected a bit more based on the ingredients list.  Tasted vinegar, tomato, pepper, garlic.  Was hoping for more nutmeg or allspice or clove flavor to come out.


Medium thickness. Right in the middle, but almost leaning on the watery side.


Water, Tomato Paste, Sugar, Tomato Paste, Vinegar, Salt, Corn Syrup, Garlic, Turmeric, Tamarind, Smoke Flavoring, Modified Corn Starch, Xanthan Gum, Nutmeg, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Allspice, Clove, Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate).

Sauce Score:  3

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  1. I disagree with your review. No where near tasting like ketchup, first of all. I hate ketchup and to me Pat’s doesn’t taste like ketchup at all. Pat’s has a spicy taste to it. The Cayenne Pepper, listed in one of the ingredients, you can easily taste not over powering though. Surprised your taste buds couldn’t pick up on that. You haven’t reviewed it yet but it’s similar to Corky’s BBQ sauce except Corky’s is sweeter, maybe a tad thicker, and Pat’s is spicier. Pat’s is good for any kind of meat. Good to grill with. I want to know more about the person(s) doing these reviews if at all possible.

    • I agree it’s damn tasty. I spice it up a bit with more pepper. But hey, for $1.95 you’ll be hard pressed to find a tastier sauce with no high fructose corn syrup. Most are 2/3 times as much and are NO better.

  2. It’s OK to disagree. I have no reason to rate one sauce over another as I don’t sell any of them. I thought it tasted like ketchup, and that’s my opinion. People are free to disagree with my opinion and my tastebuds!!

    Here’s some more about me

    I’d like to know more about you if possible!

    • Tastes nothing like ketchup. Go put some actual ketchup on your chicken and let us know if it tastes like Pat’s BBQ sauce.

  3. This is the best sauce there is for use as a base to some home made magic. Add a little butter and apple cider and heat it up and…good stuff. Actually 30 some years ago there was a trailer in land-o-lakes that said it was the original home of this sauce,

  4. mahoose dedog says:

    Pretty good stuff, not too tangy, not too sweet. Nice change from most of the super sweet sauces on the market these days… Reminds me of the old Open Pit line, albeit, better tasting.

  5. gary l brown says:

    yes it was made in trailers in land o lakes my name is gary l brown and made it with pat.and his wife

  6. This sauce sucks

  7. Well I’m buying it again because it’s extremely good. Whoever Pat is keep it coming.

  8. margie Kurz says:

    I love it’s smokey flavor, I live in N.J and bring it back from Fl. every year, yummm my favorite

  9. Where can I order it? I found it @ Publix in Lake Placid, Fl. but when I went back to buy more, they didn’t have it. My husband & I both loved it.

    • Publix has been a reliable source and Winn Dixie also carries it. First ran across it 35 years ago in the Land ‘o Lakes/Lutz area where the family made it. Been my go to sauce since then. Not too sweet, not too spicy, nice all around flavor and quality ingredients. Deserves wider distributiion.

  10. Cindy Flickinger says:

    I think you changed the ingredients. It used to be more sweet and less hot. I don’t care for how hot it is now.

  11. My wife & I love Pat’s but can’t find it anymore

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