Topco Valu Time BBQ Sauce (1/5)


Guest Review: Dennis Moore

(this review was NOT edited in any way, although I did add the picture above)

It smells like tomato soup. It doesn’t even remotely resemble BBQ sauce.

Look and Consistency
I had just finished shaking the last dollups of my K.C. Masterpiece onto the burgers I was grilling. I just bought this other stuff ( on sale ), and opened the bottle to add a little more sauce to the meat………..  Nothing thick & rich about this sludge……   color-wise, a cross between Tabasco sauce & french dressing……as it “washed” across my precious hamburger and dribbled onto the heating element, causing a cloud of sizzling steam to waft up to the ceiling, setting off the smoke alarm.

Before Cooking Flavor
Upon first opening the bottle, I dipped my pinky into the cap to get a little taste……..suspicious and “put off” by the color. My first impression was an image of mayonaise-flavored catsup.

After Cooking Flavor
I’m 54. I’ve tried a LOT of BBQ sauce over time, but this is the first time I’ve ever actually had to “discard” my dinner into the trash after only being able to tolerate half of one of my 2 hamburgers. I wouldn’t feed this to my neighbor’s cat.

Ingredients list
distilled vinegar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, water, prepared mustard (distilled vinegar, water, mustard seed, salt and turmeric), modified corn starch, tomato paste, salt, hickory smoke favor, spices, caramel color, xanthan gum, citric acid, paprika, less than 1/10 of 1% sodium benzoate as a preservative, and red 40 (color)

Look over the complete list of ingredients I already posted.  And say no more…

Branding and Packaging
It’s clearly a store “brand”…….Nothing fancy….The washed-out photo of baby-back ribs ( serving suggestion ) doesn’t look very appetizing.

Other Comments:
I’ve got nothing against store brands/generics in general. Most of the time, they can be just as good as the “name” brands, BUT this bottle’s destined for the dumpster……I don’t even want it in my kitchen trash.


This is awesome!   I am sending Dennis a free bottle of sauce as my way to say thanks for sharing on the site.

Site Editor, BBQ Sauce Lover, Family Guy, Hi Tech Marketer by Day. He recently wrote the Ebook “How to Market Your BBQ Sauce” which can be purchased on this site.



  1. I have just tried this sauce on some chicken, and I have to say, this is probably the best sauce I have ever put on my chicken. I could not believe it, but I am from Louisiana and know how to grill chicken, and this stuff was great. Not too runny, not too thick, did not carmelize too fast, but kept it’s consistency. As for the fools that have never tasted good food, keep buying the expensive brands.

  2. I loved your article.Thanks Again. Great.

  3. I had to stop reading when I read the word ‘catsup’.

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