Straight outta Kentucky, this sauce blends a homemade, hickory smokey BBQ sauce with a little chili powder and worchestershire to get you a nice tasting, smokey tang.
A spicy-sweet authenticity, Worcestershire and chili powder mixed with onion and garlic and of course hickory smoke flavor.
Look & Consistency
Right in the middle, not too thin not too thick. Good specks and good color (although some caramel color used) and a pleasant mouth feel. I like saying that… mouth feel. ha.
Before Cooking Flavor
Starts off sweet and ends with a spicy “hickory bite” – not hot but spice filled.
After Cooking Flavor
It mellows out a bit for a full flavor and pleasant taste on grilled foods. You could almost fake your friends into thinking their food was grilled over hickory wood chips. Nice!
ketchup(red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, salt, onion powder, spice, natural flavor), high fructose corn syrup, water, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce(distilled vinegar, molasses, corn syrup, water, salt, caramel color, sugar, spices, anchovies, natural flavor, tamarind), spice, modified food starch, salt, hickory smoke flavor, chili powder, dried onion, dried garlic, sodium benzoate (to preserve freshness).
Negatives: caramel color, ketchup, HFCS, & preservatives
Branding and Packaging
Nice packaging and bottle, prominent picture of uncle mike – little special reserve 101 makes it almost feel like I’m tasting a collectible edition
The Uncle Mike’s BBQ team was born where most great cookin’ begins, in the backyard with family and friends, around a campfire and a pit-smoker. Whether it was in the dead of summer with sweat rolling off the brow, or in the bitter cold of winter huddled around the grill to keep warm, for years when the grill fired up at Uncle Mike’s barn and mouth watering aroma filled the air, people came from all corners always asking aloud, “What is your secret?” and “Can I buy any of this sauce?”. It is Uncle Mike’s long sought after secret that has finally been bottled for all to enjoy.
After years of cooking for family and friends at his barn and feeding hundreds while tailgating for college football games, Uncle Mike had the burning desire to compare his meats to the best in the world. In May 2003, Uncle Mike hand picked his best and brightest and headed to Memphis, Tennessee for the Memphis in May BBQ World Championships. In his first competition and against professional cookers with grills hauled in on semi-tractor trailers and much larger teams, Uncle Mike’s hometown BBQ team more than held their own and hauled in a 5th place finish in the lip smackin’ baby back ribs.
Since that weekend in Memphis, Uncle Mike has continued his proud grilling tradition by hosting and serving hundreds at every Western Kentucky University football game both home and away, traveling from Florida to Iowa with his grill and secret sauce. Since the beginning, Uncle Mike’s motto of good times and good food has never changed. Like any great cook, Uncle Mike will always keep his grilling secrets to himself. However, after years of being pestered with the same question, “Where can I buy this sauce?”, Uncle Mike has declared that it is time to distribute his famous sauce to the masses.