Pigchaser Pineapple Mango BBQ Sauce (4/5)

I’ve had some great conversations with BBQ sauce folks over the years I’ve been running the site.  My two calls with Ron were the most interesting and one of them was what inspired me to keep going strong…

The first call was the inspirational one to let me know to hold the presses on reviewing a sauce he had already sent.  He said he was replacing the high fructose corn syrup containing ketchup with another variant that was high fructose corn syrup free.   He was also upset at someone who had misled him into thinking it was going to be extremely expensive, when in fact the price of natural sugar-based ketchup is not very far off from regular ketchup.  In the end, it’s pennies.   He noticed I called out sauce vendors who put high fructose corn syrup in their sauce, and his next version of his Original BBQ Sauce won’t have it.  That day, I realized I had actually done something halfway decent with this site.  Over time, I realized that I’ve inspired more than a couple folks to switch from high fructose sweeteners (not 100% to blame for fattening America, but we know it’s not good for us) to natural products like sugar.  Also I believe my popular gluten-free BBQ sauce list has turned on a few vendors to the profits t be made serving healthy food…

The second call from Ron was placed to me after this first call and after he noticed I gave 5 stars to a sauce with high fructose corn syrup in it.  He noticed I had always called it out before, so why was this one any different?  All I could answer was, “dude, I just thought this particular sauce tasted really really good… my tastes aren’t going to be like everybody else’s tastes, but I figure if a couple of people do like my taste’s and relate to my reviews, then they might identify some good sauces they’d want to buy…”

The balance between the ingredients and the taste of something – always tough balancing that… and thanks for pointing this out Ron!

Anyway – this sauce is good, almost great – a sweet thick BBQ sauce with enough Pineapple and Mango to add some fun.  There are chunks of real pineapple and mango floating around in the bottle and the consistency is also excellent and thickens up nicely when grilled. There are no offensive ingredients in the bottle but it lacked complexity (I would have liked a little heat in here) and the label is kinda lame – but a good joke like the cows in the chick-filet commercials … but if this is on the store shelves, it’s not sure this label is selling me to pick it up.

Here’s what Ron told me about the Pineapple Mango:

You have a bottle of Pineapple/mango.  This is hfcs & gluten-free as well as low sodium & all natural.  Try it on shrimp, fish, pork, as a marinade, turkey or ham glaze, in yams, on salads, wraps, chicken, and get this…PB&J sandwiches.  Yep, my son tried it & he likes it.  He brings these sandwiches to his after school program for the other kids.  I’m even selling it to bakeries for their cupcakes, white & yellow cake.  They’re using it in their butter cream frosting too… > Check out Pigchaser.com!

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  1. Curtis Maybin says:

    I make my own mango barbecue sauce and never thought of leaving some chunks in the jar. I also use natural straight off the hive home from a farmers market. A little more expensive but worth the lip smack-in flavor. the sauce works great on most meats i cook on my ceramic grill


  2. I noticed that today Rubies is advertising what should be a real treat to me. However, now I am not so sure, since you have come out like you did in your second letter about this sauce which has HFCS in it. I thought everyone knew about HFCS, but apparently you do not. I happen to have what is known as Reflux, acid reflux which happened because of a condition relating to my Asthmatic Bronchitis which I acquired back in 1985, when we were plagued with people smoking in our workplace, which happened to be the operations area of one of the big TV stations in L.A. This asthmatic bronchitis lead to a general inflammation of my entire chest area, which also involved my heart and its function, and my esophagus and wind pipe, now wearing a pace maker to replace the nerve function on the right side of my heart, which has re-established a healthy and happy life for me, after we got the smoking under control. However, one of the remnants of my affliction is the sensitivity to foods with HFCS in them, finding this out years later, now having to avoid like the plague foods with HFCS. Within several days of eating such foods, I wind up with a raging reflux, which I had many years ago handled with Prylosec, which cooled it off. After many tries, I was finally able to kick the prylosec, realizing that something I was eating was firing up the reflux, which was the HFCS. Since that time, I have been prylosec free, over a year now with no reflux. I have read many articles about kicking prylosec, that it was impossible, and it is, if one does not avoid HFCS. Avoiding HFCS and it is a ‘snap’, one can be prylosec free in a week after they know that.

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