Grandvilles Gourmet BBQ Jam – Pineapple Sauce Review

A line of BBQ sauces Jams like no other

It’s 1898 and you’re in Kentucky. You’re thirsty, or hungry, or both. Folks ’round these parts tell you to look up Grandville Whitesides.

“Mr Moonshine” they call him. And some call him “The Sauce Man”. Yup. He’s out back makin’ moonshine and BBQ sauce. At least that’s what would have you believe. For now, I have no reason to doubt them.

Fast forward 114 years, it’s 2012 and you’re reading this post. Yup. He’s still “out back making ‘shine and sauce” – and you are the luckier for it. We have “stumbled” onto some of the most unique barbecue sauces we’ve ever had in our short time here on the Internets. Chunky and flavorful, thick and rich – their assortment of flavors runs from Mild to Original Spicy to Extra Spicy – there’s Pineapple and Ginger Glaze and Cajun Kick – truly an amazing line-up of flavors.

For this review, we’re going to focus on one out of six of the Grandville’s Gourmet BBQ sauces – their Pineapple Jam – but we’re sold on the big flavor, great texture, and overall taste and quality they all bring to the plate.

Is it a BBQ sauce? A marinade? A dipping sauce? A jam? We think it’s all of those things and then some. Here’s a quote from their label:

“the thickest and chunkiest BBQ Jam on the planet!!”

Not only is that saying something, it’s probably the only BBQ jam on the planet. Here’s a toast to great marketing!

Grandville’s BBQ Jam Pineapple

Ingredients: pineapple, brown sugar, tomato paste, honey, sugar, water, peppers, onions, apple cider vinegar, molasses, fresh garlic, seasoned salt, lemon juice, green onions, worcestershire sauce (water, vinegar, molasses, corn sweeteners, anchovies, natural flavorings, onions, tamarind, salt, garlic, cloves, chiles, shallots.) “Contains Fish”, herbs, spices, lemon zest

Grandville's BBQ Pineapple Jam

Grandville's BBQ Pineapple Jam

First – let’s talk about the sauce straight up. Thick, rich, flavorful – with a nice sweet and fruity hit of pineapple. A peppery flavor is up front, followed by a fairly traditional tomato based BBQ sauce flavor – then the pineapple kicks in. It’s a nice touch that the pineapple pieces are the predominant chunks in the sauce. Four out of the first 5 ingredients are really bringing on the sweetness (I prefer a sweet side to BBQ), and most of the rest are adding some really nice savory flavors.

We first tried Grandville’s BBQ Jam Pineapple on MOINK balls – check out our easy to make MOINK Balls Video. Then I got the munchies and decided it might be good on frozen jalapeño poppers. OK, one thing at a time… here are the MOINK balls:

Moink Balls with Grandville's Pineapple BBQ Jam

Moink Balls with Grandville's Pineapple BBQ Jam

We prepped our MOINK balls the usual way, thawed out some frozen meatballs to make the toothpick insertion easier, and in this case dusted them with Eric’s Wicked Seasoning – a Fiery & Feisty unique blend of herbs and spices. Since it was too cold and windy outside to grill, this was our first attempt at making MOINK balls in the oven. Spoiler alert! They were fine – if not just as good as grilled or smoked.

Jalapeño Poppers with a BBQ Glaze? Why not!

Our preferred method of eating jalapeño poppers is with a pepper jelly glaze, but this time we’re doing them with the Pineapple Jam from Grandville’s BBQ.

Jalapeño Poppers with Grandville's Pineapple Jam

Jalapeño Poppers with Grandville's Pineapple Jam

It was thick and rich on the poppers… I still wanted to swipe the poppers thru a thin, hot sauce, but the Pineapple Jam made for some great, sticky, delicious snacks.

Grandville’s Pineapple on Wings!

The thick Pineapple Jam clung well to the wings.

Grandville's Pineapple Jam on Wings

Grandville's Pineapple Jam on Wings

They were sweet and sticky, but I craved more heat. Next time I will try adding some hot sauce (perhaps a sweet/hot sauce like Georgia Peach Vidalia Onion hot sauce, or Dragonfire’s Pineapple Habanero hot sauce.

We’ll be reviewing the other Grandville’s BBQ Jams in the future, but for now you can visit to get your own!

Also, be sure to listen to our interview with Steve Gerst of Grandville’s BBQ Sauces on our Hot Sauce Weekly Podcast.

Have you tried any Grandville’s BBQ Sauces? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. I do love me pineapple, but the lack of heat makes me want to hear about their Extra Spicy first before buying any. Thanks for sharing.

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