Sugar Hill Smokehouse Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce

“Sugar Hill Smokehouse Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce is just the right mix to make you a pit master at your next BBQ. It’s all natural with pure cane sugar and molasses for the sweet; we’ve added tomatoes, mustard and vinegar for the tangy.”

Sugar Hill Smokehouse Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce

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Ingredients: tomato paste, water, vinegar, sugar, prepared mustard, molasses, salt, liquid smoke, onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, spices, serrano pepper mash, cayenne pepper mash, tamarind extract.

We’ve not made any secrets that our favorite BBQ sauces have a sweet component. Sugar Hill brings that sweetness to the plate, with a mild level of tang and a good bit of spice. Let’s see how Sugar Hill fared…

Ribs, ribs, ribs

We smoked 4 racks of baby back ribs to test out three BBQ sauces and a dry rubbed rack.

How did Sugar Hill Smokehouse Sweet and Tangy turn out on the ribs? Well… we think pretty darn good. Read on.

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Texture and Appearance: The color is dark red, and the consistency is almost like a tomato sauce, or tomato puree – a fairly thick texture. The fine grind of ingredients presents a nice sauce that has a good body that is flecked with tiny bits of pepper and spices. Classic.

Taste Straight Up: A sweet, tomato-y flavor is up front with just a hint of vinegar. It’s not overly sweet, but does impart a homemade flavor. Surprisingly, the vinegar flavor is mild – not overbearing.

Considering the ingredient list includes serrano and cayenne pepper mashes, I was surprised that the spiciness of this sauce is subdued. The more you eat, the more the chile pepper tingle shows up – but only slightly. Aptly named – it’s more sweet than tangy. Sweetly simple.

Our baby back ribs were started in the oven at 275º for about 90 – 120 minutes – then we moved them onto the smoker to finish cooking and get layered with sauces. (Smoking at 230 – 250º for another 2 hours.) This is a great time-saver for the backyard cook, as no one will ever know you started the ribs in the kitchen!

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Taste on Ribs: Great sweet flavor. The sweetness held up nicely, but in the end, the tang was lost on us. As for smokiness – we did pick up on our own peach wood smoke, but the liquid smoke was a tad overbearing.
Lesson learned: If there is any liquid smoke in a sauce, we do not need to add more to that by using wood chunks.

Sugar Hill Smokehouse Sweet and Tangy caramelized nicely, held its body, and ultimately had a dull, matte finish. Very appealing.

Final Thoughts: Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars – We’re so close to a 4 star rating, but have to deduct for the strong liquid smoke flavor.
Normally, I don’t mind a little bit of liquid smoke, but in this case I’d like to see Sugar Hill cut back on the smoke, and kick up the “tang” factor.

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This BBQ sauce is worthy of keeping on hand anytime – it’s remarkably useful with an authentic BBQ taste. And we can assume it tastes just as good on chicken and pulled pork.

You can find Sugar Hill Smokehouse Sweet and Tangy on Facebook and Twitter and you can order online from them at http://sugarhillsmokehouse.com.

Are you a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce lover? Or are you more of a vinegar sauce lover? Maybe you like your BBQ sauce totally different than anything above… Leave a Comment below and let us know.

BBQ Bob’s Hav’n A BBQ Sauce

We ran into our friend, Bob Trudnak from The BBQ Guru, at a recent BBQ competition in Harrington, Delaware. Bob was selling his newest “BBQ Guru” product – and this one uses no wires or batteries. It’s…

BBQ Bob’s Hav’n A BBQ Sauce

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This BBQ sauce is a great balance of sweet and tangy with presence of fresh herbs, spices and a slight vinegar finish. Appeals to all ages from 2 to 102. Especially great on chicken, ribs, burgers, brats and all pork cuts.

“All pork cuts”? That’s good to know, as our first taste test with BBQ Bob’s is on pork skewers. But first, let’s look at the sauce up close.

Ingredients: Cider vinegar, tomato concentrate, vinegar, agave syrup, light brown sugar, water, sugar, vine ripened red tomatoes, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, salt, oleoresin paprika, liquid smoke, spice, onion powder pepper, granulated garlic, caramel color, worcestershire seasoning, citric acid, cayenne pepper, natural flavoring, dextrose, oleoresin capsicum, sulfur dioxide.

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Texture & Appearance: A reddish brown color is flecked with spices and seasonings. Black pepper flecks are prominent too. The sauce is also shiny and relatively thin in consistency – more of a corn syrup texture. Glossy.

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Taste Straight Up: A silky coating on the tongue and mouth leads us into a classy sauce – there’s some pleasant black pepper spice or “heat” if you will. But overall, the sweetness from the syrups really carries the biggest flavor. A very light vinegar finish comes at the end. Let’s see how it tastes after we cook or grill with the sauce. Classic.

Packaging: A big 19 ounce glass bottle contains the sauce. The label and graphics are simple in colors and a cartoony pig adorns the label. The word “Original” is also prominent – is there another flavor to come? Nice layout.

BBQ Bob’s Sauce on food

We’re brushing BBQ Bob’s Hav’n a BBQ sauce onto some pork skewers as they cook over direct heat on the grill. And for fun, we skewered some pineapple chunks and brushed BBQ Bob’s on them as well.

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Marilyn: There’s just a hint of a vinegar edge to the flavor of the sauce on the pork skewers. It’s a subtle sauce – not overpowering at all. A lot of the sweetness has cooked out and we’re left with a smoky and sticky coating.

I think this sauce would fare better on a fattier piece of meat – whether that be pulled pork, or even some chicken parts.

Marilyn’s rating: On our scale of 1 – 5, I would give this Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – it’s a pleasant enough sauce, but nothing spectacular.

Brian: I’m disappointed in how much this sauce “broke down” after cooking. It’s just a thin glimmer of what it started out to be. This is not a thick, gloppy sauce – especially after cooking.

Maybe it would make a great base to add to – to make it your own flavored sauce. Doctor it up a bit with either spices or other flavorings – chiles, or fruits would fit nicely here.

Brian’s rating: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – 1/5 Stars from me. Perfect for a tame, mild bbq sauce. If this were the 1960’s, I could see this sauce on every red plaid tablecloth in the backyard.

Visit http://www.havenabbq.com/ to purchase.

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Our final thoughts:

This sauce is of the highest quality in overall taste and makeup. It is truly much better than any you’d find on the grocery shelf. It’s just a bit tame, timid and mild for our tastes. We like a bolder sauce, in both texture, taste, and overall flavor hit.

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

Deaf Man’s BBQ Sauce: Blend and Mango Blend

May is National Bike Month, National Pregnancy Awareness Month (wha?), and in some circles it’s also National Shoe Month.

But what we’re really into this month is National Barbecue Month! Oh yeah.

That means it’s also BBQ Sauce Reviews Month at HotSauceDaily.com. First up is…

Deaf Man’s BBQ Sauce

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Deaf Man’s BBQ Sauce is the brainchild of Rasool Raheem of Los Angeles, CA. Rasool is indeed deaf, a chef, and a bbq sauce crafter.

Deaf Man’s BLEND BBQ Sauce, and MANGO BLEND BBQ Sauce are just two of the seven (7) flavors of BBQ sauces he’s crafted so far.

Deaf Man’s BLEND BBQ Sauce

On their website, they call this Honey Mustard Blend. “A combination of sweet and spicy accents with a hint of mustard makes a mouth-watering blend so versatile you’ll want to put it on everything!”

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Deaf Man’s Mustard Blend BBQ Sauce

Ingredients: tomato concentrate, honey, sugar, molasses, vinegar, HFC, corn syrup, water, contains less than 2% of the following: habanero, salt, anchovies, garlic, onion, hydrolyzed soy protein, tamarind, spices, mustard seed, turmeric, black pepper, natural flavors, natural hickory smoke flavor, guar gum, dextrine, citric acid, potassium sorbate (preservative), caramel color, sulfites (to retain color).

Deaf Man's Mustard Blend on Chicken Tenders

Deaf Man’s Mustard Blend on Chicken Tenders

Marilyn: This is not a mild BBQ sauce at all. The texture is nice and silky and the first impression is of sweetness from the honey. The vinegar is in the background, which I like, but the habanero gives it too much sting for my taste.

My overall rating would be Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – I love the texture, but the flavor is not too different from other BBQ sauces I’ve had, and the habanero just bites too hard, even after cooking.

Brian: This is a thick sauce that clings nicely. It’s indeed peppery and pretty spicy… if this is indeed Deaf Man’s “mild” sauce… it has a kick. I think it would work better as a wing sauce.

My overall rating would also be Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – Two stars for a good start. Pretty spicy for the bottom of the line up. But not a bad start.

Deaf Man’s MANGO BLEND BBQ Sauce

“Mango with a hint of mustard makes this sauce unique. The flavor of fresh mango in each bottle and a little extra heat to add to your plate. Use it on everything. The longer the sauce sits, the hotter it gets!!!”

Deaf Man's Mango Blend BBQ Sauce

Deaf Man’s Mango Blend BBQ Sauce

Ingredients: tomato concentrate, mango nectar (water mango puree, citric acid, natural flavor, ascorbic acid), honey, brown sugar, molasses, vinegar, hfc, corn syrup, soy sauce (water, rice, soy bean, salt), contains 2% of garlic, onion, habanero, salt, spices including: mustard, turmeric), water, anchovies, natural hickory.

Deaf Man's Mango Blend on Chicken Skewers and pineapple rings

Deaf Man’s Mango Blend on Chicken Skewers and pineapple rings

Marilyn: I think this sauce coats very well on the skewers. The extra sweetness from the Mango adds a welcome flavor and stickiness to the chicken, and it’s perfect on the pineapple slices.

Overall rating: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – A step up from the “Blend” sauce. My favorite of the two.

Brian: Great cling factor on the skewers with a nice added sweetness from the mango. A step up from the “Blend” – I agree.

My overall rating: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – I agree with Marilyn. (Don’t tell her.) Wonderful sauce that does its job well.

There are actually a few reasons why the sauce was named Deaf Man’s BBQ—the most obvious of which we’ve already covered. Though by that same logic, it could have been called “Snappy Dresser’s BBQ Sauce” or “Excellent Bowler’s BBQ Sauce.” The other thing that convinced Rasool to name it Deaf Man’s BBQ Sauce was because he knew that anyone serving the sauce to family or friends would know what it’s like to be deaf: In those moments between the first bites and the roars of delight, there is absolute silence.
The sauce is that good.

Visit http://www.dmbbq.com/ to order Deaf Man’s BBQ Sauces. Be sure and check out their sampler offering.

Rasool is also looking to sponsor BBQ Competition Teams to use his sauces. Contact him here: http://www.dmbbq.com/contact-form/index.php

Appalacian Moonshine and Black Cherry Cue BBQ sauce review

Fresh sweet and tart black cherries blended beautifully with smoked tomatoes, caramelized onions, toasted black peppercorns, brown sugar and just a hint of barrel aged vinegar, this sweet and sassy bbq sauce goes on everything from chargrilled salmon, shrimp, pork or chicken.

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Race City Sauce Works Appalacian Moonshine and Black Cherry Cue BBQ Sauce

Chad Lowcock of Race City Sauce Works makes some of the most inventive and delicious pepper sauces, mustards, and condiments on the market today. We are looking at his Appalacian Moonshine & Black Cherry Cue BBQ Sauce.

Wow. The name of this BBQ sauce is indeed a mouthful, but we persevered with (had fun with) some brined and grilled chicken breast halves, brushing the sauce on the chicken as it cooked on the grill.

After a simple brining process (inspired by our friend and BBQ Guru Chris Grove on NibbleMeThis.com) for the chicken breast halves, we grilled them over some hot coals in the Weber Kettle grill, and started brushing on the Appalacian Moonshine BBQ sauce near the end of cooking.

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The sauce has a great “cling” factor, and stayed put as we brushed it onto the chicken. During the last 10 or 15 minutes of grilling the chicken, we painted on 3 or 4 layers of the sauce – building up a nice, thick, dark sweet BBQ coating.

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The taste of the sauce on the chicken holds true to the initial straight-up taste test. The sweet black cherry comes through with a nice supporting back end of a traditional tomato based BBQ sauce. Slightly sweet and savory and very unique. And consider for a moment, Chad came up with “smoked tomato paste”! Who thinks of this?

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Texture & Appearance: Very dark mahogany color and medium thick in consistency, there is a lot going on, visually, in this sauce. Bits of onion, garlic and other spices are abundant.

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Taste Straight Up: Appalacian Moonshine Black Cherry Que is very sweet at first, with a pungent aroma of smoke and vinegar. A big zesty flavor of spices and onion and garlic are tempered by the exotic and sour tasting tamarind along with the tangy black cherries. Rounding out the flavors are the classic brown sugar and honey combo. Deliciously flavorful, with some zing from the bing! (Oops… wrong cherry).

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Label/Graphics: I do have an issue with the dark label and airbrush artwork of the abandoned car/truck that one might find near a still in the backwoods or hills of North Carolina. I get the reference to moonshiners, but I think it could have a brighter overall look. Something with more “pop” in appearance. Perhaps an archival photo of an actual moonshine still with a few proud Agents standing near their conquest? By the way, a quick Google search turned up news items of over 50 stills being destroyed just in early 2013 alone. It’s a good thing Race City is only making hot sauces and condiments!

Heat Level: N/A. Only slightly spicy. Very mild.

Final Thoughts: Slathered onto the chicken as it cooked on the grill, this sauce set up nicely and yielded a great coating. The sugar caramelized nicely and made for not only good looking chicken, but great tasting chicken too. The sweet slightly tangy cherries really made a difference.

As good as it was on the grilled chicken, I can imagine this on some bacon wrapped meatballs (MOINK balls) too. Yes, that’s on my to-do list now.

Ingredients: water, smoked tomato paste, sugar, molasses, distilled vinegar, black cherries, brown sugar, honey, natural mesquite smoke flavor, spices, caramelized onion, garlic, tamarind, natural flavor, corn liquor, salt.

Our Ratings

Heat: N/A – Slightly spicy from some cracked black pepper that we believe to be in the spices. There’s a nice peppery edge to the sauce.

Flavor: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Sweet, tangy, thick, and full of flavor.

Overall: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – For overall quality of flavor, ingredients, and finish, Race City Sauce Works Appalacian Moonshine and Black Cherry ‘Cue BBQ Sauce ranks very high with us for taste and unique flavor profile.

About Race City Sauce Works

Race City Sauce Works has the worlds most creative and out of the box thinking when it comes to pepper sauces and mustards with just the right amount of heat to serve every taste. Their sauces and condiments are known the world over as being truly one of a kind.

Where to buy: Available in 16 ounce pint jars for $6.99 at: http://racecitysauceworks.com

Social Media: Follow Race City Sauce Works on Twitter and on Facebook.

The Shed BBQ Sauce – Spicy Mustard & Spicy Vinegar

We pulled out some of our smoky pulled pork that we cooked on our Weber Kettle recently, from the freezer to give these two sauces a taste test. One, a vinegar BBQ sauce, the other a spicy mustard BBQ sauce – what could be more perfect on pulled pork? Or, what could go wrong?

The Shed BBQ Sauces Lineup

The Shed Spicy Mustard BBQ Sauce and The Shed Spicy Vinegar BBQ Sauce

We’re starting with two of the lineup of 7 sauces from The Shed Barbeque and Blues Joint – might as well jump right into the spicy versions, right? The Shed Spicy Mustard is their take on a sweet, mustardy sauce found in the deep South, while the Spicy Vinegar is The Shed’s kicked up version of an Eastern Carolina “red sauce”.

The Shed Spicy Mustard and Spicy Vinegar BBQ Sauce Bottles

The Shed Spicy Mustard and Spicy Vinegar BBQ Sauces

We had high hopes for both of these sauces, but straight up out of the bottle, one was our favorite. Then things changed.

Samples of The Shed Mustard and Vinegar sauces

Samples of The Shed Mustard and Vinegar sauces

The Shed Spicy Mustard BBQ Sauce

Brian: I’m a sucker for a good mustard based BBQ sauce. I fell in love with Reverend Marvin’s at first, and then The Country Chef’s Grilling Sauce (the latter may not be in business any longer). So I was excited to try The Shed’s Spicy Mustard!

Marilyn: While I’m not the big fan of mustard anything, like Brian is, I was not going to turn down a chance to see what The Shed thinks is a good mustard BBQ sauce.

Ingredients: water, mustard (distilled vinegar, water, mustard seed, salt, turmeric, paprika, spice, garlic powder), tomato paste, brown sugar, molasses, vinegar, salt, dehydrated onion, spices, garlic powder, onion powder, hot sauce (red peppers, vinegar, salt), natural smoke flavor, citric acid, turmeric, jalapeño pepper, spice extractives, carrot powder. 13.5 ounces

Taste Straight Up

The Shed Spicy Mustard Sauce

Brian: Tasting straight up out of the bottle, this was good! It reminded me of the sauce in a really good baked bean recipe – one that you cook for hours over coals. Spicy and mustardy, the heat comes from the added hot sauce and jalapeños. Very unique for a mustard BBQ sauce.

Marilyn: I first tasted pepper, mustard, then the vinegar. The heat was on the “hot” side but with a very smooth “burn”. The sweetness was there, but not overly sweet. Very savory too – think mustard, worcestershire sauce and onion.

Appearance and Texture

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Brian: This mustard BBQ sauce is very dark in color – not your typical yellow mustard look. It has a nice, medium-thick consistency – not too gloppy, not too thin.

Marilyn: It does have a dark rust color like a rusted tin roof (The Shed?). It doesn’t run, it’s fairly thick.

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This sauce has a great texture and body.

Final Thoughts

The Shed Spicy Mustard BBQ on Pulled Pork

The Shed Spicy Mustard BBQ on Pulled Pork

Brian: We heated up the The Shed Spicy Mustard BBQ sauce gently, then poured it on the pulled pork and built a couple of beautiful sandwiches. Did the sauce taste as good on the sandwich as out of the bottle? I don’t think so. Something was lost in the heating process, and it turned out to taste more like mustard and less like a BBQ sauce.

Marilyn: Yea, I agree something got lost in translation. We should try it without the coleslaw, that may have added an extra tang that emphasized the mustard flavor over the BBQ flavor. This sauce might be better suited for pork tenderloin.

The Shed Spicy Vinegar BBQ Sauce

Brian: I’m not a big fan of the simple Eastern Carolina style red sauces – which are basically cider vinegar and red pepper flakes, but I could see The Shed Spicy Vinegar was a slightly thicker kicked up version of that plain concoction. This is going to be good.

Marilyn: I was happy to see a tomato / brown sugar base in this version of a Carolina sauce. Like Brian, I don’t care for the simple vinegar pepper flakes combo either.

Ingredients: cider vinegar, water, brown sugar, tomato paste, molasses, vinegar, salt, spices, garlic powder, hot sauce (red peppers, vinegar, salt), onion powder, natural smoke flavor, mustard, jalapeño pepper, citric acid, turmeric, spice extractives, carrot powder. 14 ounces

The Shed Spicy Vinegar BBQ Sauce sample

Taste Straight Up

Brian: Sweet, tomatoey, with a hint of traditional BBQ sauce. Just as I suspected, it’s a nod to the traditional Carolina vinegar sauces, but with body and flavor. Reminds me of Blues BBQ Carolina Pepper Sauce.

Marilyn: First up, I get a little pucker from the cider vinegar. It’s a little bit sweet and I love the tomato taste – a really nice addition! It reminded me of Bone Suckin’ Sauce.

Appearance and Texture

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Brian: Very dark in color and of a medium-light thickness. You can see the seasonings in it.

Marilyn: This sauce tends to “separate” a little – think puddles. Light in body, not too thin. Can’t wait to try this on the pulled pork.

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Not too thin with great tomato body and flavor.

Final Thoughts

The Shed Spicy Vinegar BBQ on pulled pork

The Shed Spicy Vinegar BBQ Sauce on pulled pork

Brian: Again, we poured this sauce onto our pulled pork sandwiches, this time topping with a few thin rings of fresh onion. The onions and rolls were also a good canvas to serve this sauce on.

Marilyn: The smokiness of the pork comes through, and the sauce really shined as a supporting player. Not overpowering at all. What a great balance of tradition – pulled pork, with a vinegar/tomato/spicy thin sauce. A great surprise and a great sauce.

The Wrap-up

We both agreed that the The Shed Spicy Mustard BBQ Sauce was the winner of the straight up taste test. Savory, mustard, spicy… a winner straight out of the bottle.

But after heating up the sauces, the Spicy Mustard just became, well, a mustard slather. Our favorite of the two sauces was The Shed Spicy Vinegar BBQ Sauce – by a long shot.

We’re not giving up on the Spicy Mustard just yet… we have wings and pork to cook it on.

The Shed Spicy Mustard BBQ Sauce Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – We’ll give this 2 Stars because we think it has potential. You backyard grillers may want to kick this up a bit with your own rubs or sauces.

The Shed Spicy Vinegar BBQ Sauce Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars – This sauce is 4½ Star worthy because of it’s great flavor, punch and overall quality. A big winner in our book.

The Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint

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The Shed Backstory:

The Shed Barbeque and Blues Joint out of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, is famous on numerous levels. Their BBQ sauces helped them win a Memphis in May Championship, an NBBQA Award of Excellence and have been featured on many TV shows including Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and most recently on Diva Q’s BBQ Crawl.

You can read more about The Shed Story here.
And be sure and shop for their sauces at their online store here.

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