Sucklebusters Original BBQ Sauce (4/5)



I guess I’d describe this sauce as a very decent, all-natural sauce.   A great texture and decent flavor, good color, without many uniquely distinguishing features or characteristics.  But for my tastebuds, I’ll take that any day over something that dares to be different and fails.  My score for this smooth tasting sauce also received a boost for being all-natural – no MSG, no preservatives, no bad stuff.  And because it’s vinegar based (vinegar first ingredient on the label), their sauce uses about 1/2 the salt of traditional BBQ Sauces.   I did notice there is a slight heat that comes out when cooked on the grill which is hard to discern when using the sauce cold.  I could imagine this sauce dressing up just about anything from chicken to pork to beef to seafood.


Vinegar, water, brown sugar, tomato paste, pure cane sugar, natural smoke, salt, cayenne, mustard, onion, garlic, cloves and xanthan gum.


Natl BBQ Association 2009 – 1st Place
Chile Pepper Magazine 2009 – 1st Place
Scovie Awards 2009 – 2nd Place

Q+A with the Sucklebusters Sauce Chief, Dan Arnold

BBQSauceReviews: How long have you been making this sauce, Dan and how did you get started?

Dan: I have been making this sauce recipe for over 20 years, but when we decided to bottle it about 3 years ago – we also decided to go all natural and had to completely redo the recipe. It took over 1 year to redevelop and test the recipe and get the flavor profile just right. We are very proud of our sweet – tangy – spicy sauce and won several major BBQ Sauce awards in our first full year of production.

BBQSauceReviews: How is business?

Dan: Business is booming and we just introduced a brand new sauce made with 100% peaches, called SuckleBusters Spicy Peach BBQ Sauce.

BBQSauceReviews: What is next for you?

Dan: Up next will be our hot BBQ Sauce. We also make award winning BBQ rubs, Tex-Mex Seasonings, Pepper Sauce and Texas GunPowder.   Check out all of our award winning rubs and sauces at

BBQSauceReviews: Ummm.  GunPowder?

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