Spicy BBQ Sauce Wing Throwdown

This guest post is from our friend Big Wayne Brown of BigWaynerBBQ.com

I’ve been on a chicken wing kick lately.  Actually, it’s been a craving induced by a demand from my wife for more space in the pantry.  When I did this last week, it was for mustard-based sauces.  And with Brian and Marilyn asking me to do a guest blog for them, I thought it would be sort of appropriate to do a chicken wing throwdown with spicy BBQ sauces.  So without further delay, here are the sauces for this week’s chicken wing throwdown:

From left to right:

The Method to My Madness

In a matter similar to the last chicken wing throwdown, I used Tyson wings purchased at Sam’s Club and lightly seasoned them with a 50/50 blend of Draper’s AP Rub and Moo’d Enhancer.  However, rather than cooking them in the smoker and then finishing them on the grill, I cooked the wings directly on the Weber OTG Kettle Grill using Kingsford charcoal and a single Red Oak Mojobrick Bar-B-Qube.  Cook time was approximately 15-20 minutes (I wasn’t tracking the time all that close). 

So now on to the sauces…

Grumpy’s Private Reserve Black Label

Grumpy’s BBQ Sauce is based out of Thornton, CO (just north of Denver).  Their entire line of sauces have been garnering awards since 2005, including placement in the prestigious Scovie awards.  The Black Label sauce is a classic tomato-based sauce with habanero and cayenne peppers providing the heat.

Ingredients: cider vinegar, tomato paste, water, dark brown sugar, hot sauce, liquid smoke, cracked black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin, habanero powder, onion powder, garlic powder, kosher salt, oriental hot mustard



On Wings

Appearance Thick consistency, dark red color Coated the wings very well
Aroma Peppery; Naturally sweet from the tomato ingredient Tomato sweet aroma
A Taste Sweet with a touch of bitterness; medium heat level that lingered for a bit Sweet with a little tang; very natural flavor; not as much heat, but still present

Angry Nephew’s BBQ Sauce

This BBQ sauce comes to us from Garner, NC (a suburb of Raleigh).  Angry Nephew’s has been featured in Country Living magazine as one of their top BBQ sauces in the country.  This sauce incorporates ghost chili peppers to add that extra punch.

Ingredients: ketchup, soda beverage, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, brown sugar, molasses, kosher sauce, Bhut Jolokia pepper, spices, garlic powder, liquid smoke flavor, onion



On Wings

Appearance Smooth dark red color; slightly thinner consistency Coated the wings quite well for a thinner sauce
Aroma Tomato sweetness; a touch of “fizziness”; pepper Sweet and spicy, with a touch of tang
A Taste Balanced flavors with a medium heat level Retained balanced flavors; heat level started out low and gradually grew to a medium lingering heat

Hoosier Daddy Ghost Roast Barbecue Sauce

Based out of Dyer, IN, Hoosier Daddy Barbecue Sauce is putting Indiana on the BBQ sauce map by offering a unique buttery sweet flavor.  Ghost Roast markets itself as a “flame throwing hot barbecue sauce that can wake the dead and make you howl”.

Ingredients: brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, mustard, water, tomato paste, distilled vinegar, cider vinegar, peach puree, cayenne pepper puree, salt, spice extracts, modified corn starch, caramel color, natural smoke flavor, onion powder



On Wings

Appearance Dark caramel color; thick consistency Coated the wings well
Aroma Buttery rich sweetness; a touch of tang Sweet, sweet, sweet
A Taste Buttery sweet flavor; multiple levels of sweetness; this sauce gets really hot really fast HOT!!  Heat lingers for quite some time; rich sweetness

The Shed Spicy Orange Sunset Sauce

Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, The Shed has been providing BBQ goodness to people since 2001.  They have received wide acclaim in numerous media outlets, and their sauces have done well in various BBQ sauce competitions.  Their Spicy Orange Sunset Sauce offers one of the more unique flavor profiles out on the market today.

Ingredients: maple syrup, ketchup, orange concentrate, water, minced onion, cider vinegar, orange rind, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, A-1 steak sauce, clove, cayenne pepper, salt, other spices



On Wings

Appearance Thick consistency with a slightly chunky texture; dark red color Nicely coated the wings; sauce appeared a bit more orange
Aroma Citrus/sweet aroma combination with some pepper Sweetness prevails here; citrus is not as apparent
A Taste Very unique flavor (sweet/citrus orange); lower heat level Sweetness prevails; citrus orange is not as prevalent; very nice flavors


So what do I recommend?  It really depends on what you’re looking for.  Hoosier Daddy Ghost Roast packs some serious heat – it may be too hot for a majority of people out there.  It is also the only sauce that concentrates solely on sweet flavor profiles.  The other three sauces are a toss-up.  Any of them will work very nicely.  The Spicy Orange Sunset Sauce offers the most unique flavor profile out there with the addition of the citrus orange flavors… this one will work great on poultry!


Grumpy’s BBQ Sauce –  http://www.grumpysbbq.com/ 
Nephew’s BBQ – http://nephewsbbq.intuitwebsites.com/
Hoosier Daddy BBQ Sauce – http://www.hoosierdaddybbqsauce.com/
The Shed BBQ – http://theshedbbq.com/

We’d like to thank Big Wayne Brown for this guest post. Check out his BBQ blog for great recipes, reviews and BBQ goodness at BigWaynerBBQ.com

Tom’s Roid Rippin’ Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce

Tom Slosser of TomsRoidRippinHotSauce.com has ventured beyond the hot sauce world and created Tom’s Roid-Rippin BBQ Sauce – Sweet Mesquite. Don’t be mislead, it says “Sweet” but this BBQ sauce packs a big hit of heat from some red habanero peppers.

We are excited to bring you an exclusive first review of it.

Before we actually cooked with it, we tasted Tom’s Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce straight out of the bottle. It was quite smoky, very sweet and savory and VERY spicy. There is some real flavorful heat here folks.

Tom's Roid Rippin Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce

Tom’s Roid Rippin Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce

We think there are many, many awesome BBQ sauces out there that really turn out fantastic after you grill with them. But some can taste a bit odd straight out of the bottle and then really blossom after slathering on meat and applying some heat. This time, we need some finesse. We need to cook with it. Let’s see how it stands up after grilling and cooking.

Ingredients: tomato juice, tomato paste, water, distilled vinegar, molasses, sugar, honey, raisins, lime juice, liquid smoke – mesquite, butter, red habanero peppers, olive oil blend (canola oil, olive oil), salt, Worchestershire sauce (water, distilled vinegar, worchestershire concentrate, molasses, vinegar, spices, natural flavor, garlic powder, caramel color, anchovies, tamarind, sulfiting agent, sugar, salt), onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, dry mustard.

Taste straight up:

Tom’s Roid-Rippin’ BBQ Sauce – Sweet Mesquite is quite powerful and raw straight up out of the bottle. In our opinion, it’s not meant to be your typical dipping/glugging BBQ sauce. The mesquite smoke flavoring is fairly strong, and although there is indeed a lot of sweetness from the molasses, sugar and honey, the red habaneros are nothing to mess with. They add quite a bit of heat and spice to the mix. The Worchestershire sauce adds a nice dark flavor, and the end spices round things out nicely.

Tom's Roid Rippin' Mesquite BBQ Sauce closeup

Tom’s Roid Rippin’ Mesquite BBQ Sauce closeup

Texture & Appearance:

Thick and dark, Tom’s Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce is also very sticky. Because of the heavy sweeteners you must brush this on your meat near the end of the cook so as not to burn it. After heating and grilling with it, the sauce thinned out and presented a nice shine and glaze – a great result for ribs or wings.

On Grilled Wings:

Tom's Mesquite Grilled Wings

Tom’s Mesquite Grilled Wings

We started with grilled chicken wings for our first taste test. The sauce set up nicely, although it was a bit thin for our preference. The Mesquite flavor mellowed out somewhat, but the heat stuck with us. This is a spicy BBQ sauce.

Tom's Mesquite on wings

Tom’s Mesquite on wings

On Pulled Pork:

Pulled Pork Sliders with Tom's Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce

Pulled Pork Sliders with Tom’s Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce

Next, we tossed some pulled pork in Tom’s Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce, and heated up the mixture. Placed on lightly toasted buns, these pulled pork sliders really wowed us. The sweetness of the pork really tempered the heat of the sauce, which made for a delicious combination of heat and mesquite and sweet. The pork sliders were big winners for us – really showcasing the rich flavors of this BBQ sauce.

Heat Level: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – This sauce is pretty spicy straight up, but after heating it up, or cooking with it, the heat subsides a bit. It’s smoky, slightly fiery and very savory.

Label/Graphics: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Tom’s entire line of graphics and labels are first class. Self designed, they sport a clean consistent graphic and font. Very recognizable and very unique.

Overall Rating: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – We’re going with a 4 star rating due to the great marriage of flavor and spice on our pulled pork. While Tom’s Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce is hot and flavorful, and it works pretty good on the wings (we don’t think it’s thick enough to stand up to the high heat of grilled wings), – the pulled pork sliders really shined, and were our favorites. I hope to cook some beef with this incredibly dense and rich sauce soon. True to all of Tom’s Roid-Rippin’ sauces, it’s a delicious addition to the Roid-Rippin’ family of flavors.

You can purchase Tom’s Roid Rippin’ Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce here.

Rooftop Barbeque Competition Style BBQ Sauce Review

Rooftop Barbeque is a team, a competition sauce and now a rub, from the minds of Andy Allen, Kellen Wagoner, Joe Angelone, and Keith Henson of Southern California. Launched in 2009, the Team has competed and won numerous awards.

Speaking of awards, their Rooftop Barbeque Competition Style BBQ Sauce, launched in May of 2011 and featured here, has garnered them awards in almost every category at competitions from chicken, to beef to pork. They continually sell out of their sauce at almost every event. High praise indeed.

Rooftop BBQ Competition Style Sauce label

Rooftop BBQ Competition Style Sauce

We’ve had Rooftop BBQ sauce on chicken, MOINK Balls, and ribs. It never failed to impress.

Rooftop BBQ on MOINKballs

Rooftop BBQ on MOINKballs

Ingredients: tomato puree (water, tomato paste), brown sugar, molasses, sugar, mustard (vinegar, water, mustard seed, salt, turmeric, xanthan gum), butter (sweet cream, natural flavoring), distilled vinegar, salt, dehydrated garlic, honey, chipotle powder, cider vinegar, dehydrated onion, vanilla, spices, natural flavoring

Rooftop sauce sample

Rooftop is very thick and sticky

As a fan of the sweet, sticky Kansas City style of BBQ, I have to give Andy props for coming up with not just the traditional sweet molasses-based BBQ sauce, but one that adds an extra dimension of flavor by adding butter and vanilla to craft a depth of flavor that most BBQ sauce manufacturers fail to deliver. The first impression out of the bottle is of a thick, somewhat sweet sauce that packs a bit of a heat punch. This sauce is so thick that when cold, you’ll need a knife or spatula to coax it out of the bottle. Once delivered to a warm slab of ribs, hot grilled wings, or fresh-off-the-grill Moink balls, the sauce melts into a perfect sticky glaze that will keep you licking your fingers til you finish that last wonderful bite.

Rooftop on Ribs

Rooftop glazes and sticks to ribs perfectly

There is a level of heat provided by the chipotle powder that may be a little too much for the standard sweet BBQ sauce lovers (aka Sweet Baby Rays), but for those who like a little heat with their ribs/wings/pulled pork, Rooftop is spot-on.

As readers of our blog know, we are not big fans of heat in our BBQ sauce. But Rooftop BBQ has tempered the heat of the chipotle pepper with the addition of butter and vanilla to this sauce. The end result is a deliciously sweet sauce with a warm undertone and a great feel on the tongue.

Rooftop BBQ now also offers a Jalapeno Peach Jam (I love me the peach!) that we have yet to try. And recently, in February of 2012, their competition rub has completely sold out. They’re working on getting more into production as I write this. We’re looking forward to trying these, and any other products that Andy, Kellen, and Rooftop BBQ have in store!

Heat Rating: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – quite spicy – they’ve reported to us that they get requests to make an even spicier version. Wow!

Overall Rating: Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars – A great sweet, sticky sauce with a punch of heat.

Hop on over to http://rooftopbarbeque.com/ and try some of their amazing products! I promise you will not be disappointed!

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Griller – Barbecuer and Hot Sauce Lover

Father’s Day is June 17th, 2012

Ok, folks! Less than 2 weeks until Father’s Day! You know, that “holiday” that’s not quite as important as Mother’s Day, but exists to sell everything from the best table saw to all kinds of greeting cards, BBQ aprons, and ties?

We have some great ideas for Father’s Day shopping. Some of these are our affiliate links, but they cost you NO extra money, and you help support our blog and podcast by using them.

A Few Manly Cookbooks:

Let’s start with a few new and favorite cookbooks…

Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe’s newest book “Slow Fire: The Beginner’s Guide to Lip-Smacking Barbecue” was recently reviewed by John Dawson of PatioDaddioBBQ.com – “I recommend the book very highly”.

Even MORE killer rib recipes from Steven Raichlen of The Barbecue! Bible fame. Speaking of The Barbecue Bible!…

This is a MUST HAVE book for any Dad that grills, barbecues, or just burns your burgers once or twice a year. It’s The BBQ Bible!

My very first BBQ cookbook, and still a staple and go-to for all things meat, fire, smoke and grilling. Smoking woods, rubs, marinades – it’s an awesome resource.

Fantastic BBQ book from the famous Mike Mills. Along with daughter Amy Mills of 17th Street Barbecue fame, it’s a great read and great resource. Invaluable!

Big Bob Gibson’s brings our go-to pulled pork recipe, as well as the famous White BBQ Sauce that Big Bob is famous for.

Wrapping up the book category, here’s a few for the Hot Sauce Loving Dad’s in your life…

This is a great book for the Hot Sauce Lovin’ Dad in your family – all Sriracha (Rooster Sauce) history and recipes.

An awesome resource for making your own hot sauces, to cooking with the ones you already own. Author Jennifer Trainer Thompson is a legend in the hot sauce world. We chatted with her recently on our HotSauceWeekly podcast and her book is a must have for chilehead and hot sauce lovers everywhere.

The ORIGINAL Hot Sauce Bible – while a little “dated” it is still a good read, and offers a great historical look at hot sauces. This is history. 🙂

Sauce recommendations – both Hot Sauce and BBQ:

Since Father’s Day falls in June, and we’re all about grilling and barbecuing… let’s start with a few BBQ sauce gift ideas!

Drapers BBQ Smokin Sauce bottle

With probably the BEST BBQ SAUCE ON EARTH that you may or may not know about, Draper’s BBQ is offering a 15% discount on all orders for the month of June (2012). Use coupon code DBQ4DAD on all orders. This includes not only their famous Smokin’ Sauce (BBQ), but the AP Rub (All Purpose), their Moo’d Enhancer (Beef) rub and anything else (check out the awesome stainless steel shaker) on DrapersBBQ.com/shop

A newcomer, D & W’s Blue Ribbon BBQ Sauce, coming in at a class equal to Draper’s, is an amazing, simple yet deep flavored sauce (Texas style). Worth a gift for any Dad that wants more than grocery store BBQ sauce once in a while. Visit http://www.dwbbq.com/ to get that unique BBQ gift!

Anything from Grandville’s BBQ Sauce is a fun gift idea. This BBQ sauce is thick, sticky and very unique. We’ve reviewed their Pineapple Jam recently.

Pork Barrel Fathers Day Gift Pack

There’s a couple of deals going on at Pork Barrel BBQ – the Father’s Day Gift Pack pictured above, or $5 off any order with coupon code FathersDay

Big Ron's Rubs and Sauce

Big Ron’s Rub is offering a FREE bottle of Big Ron’s Award Winning BBQ Sauce with ANY purchase. No coupon code needed!

Doomers Q Sauce Maryland style

We have to wrap-up our BBQ recommendations with our favorite “hometown” Maryland Style BBQ Sauce from DoomersOnline.com – all three of their flavors, Original, Hot & Spicy, and Dark are incredibly good. We reviewed all three here, and swear by the great flavor and quality. A three-pack of their sauces would make any Dad happy! Go for it!

Hot Sauce, Wing Sauce, Dad’s Sauce!:

Here are our Hot Sauce recommendations for great Father’s Day gift ideas…

Defcon Wing Sauces trio

DefconSauces.com is offering 15% off any order with the coupon code JUNE12 thru the end of June 2012. DefCon makes some of the most delicious and flavorful Hot Wing Sauces you will ever have! Ever!

Fat Cat Foods

Through June, Fat Cat Foods is offering 20% off your entire purchase – just enter coupon code “FATHERSDAY” during checkout to get the discount. Also, they’re offering a free T-shirt (S-XXXL) with purchase of any 5-pack sampler (and 20% discount applies to that too). We reviewed Fat Cat here, and they were one of our top pics from last year.

Patter Fam Sauces

Patter Fam Sauces Father’s Day Special is their limited edition Bourbon Barrel Hot Sauce at 2 / $20 – that’s half price!
Our Bourbon Barrel Hot Sauce is a limited special release. Regular price is $20 per bottle. We took our award winning Holy Cow Hot Sauce and aged it inside an oak bourbon barrel for six months! The aroma, flavor and texture of this incredible hot sauce will make your mouth water as soon as you open the lid. Each bottle is hand dipped in wax and accompanied by a numbered card to let you know how special this little bottle of hot sauce really is. It is a perfect collector’s gift for the hot sauce enthusiast. We have only one barrel of the sauce, so don’t delay. (5 ounce bottle) Thru June 15, 2012.

Fire Ant Juice

FireAntJuice.com is offering the following: – one free Autographed bottle of the 2010 1st. place Scovie Award Winning Hot Sauce, Fire Ant Juice with any order placed during the month of June as a Fathers Day Special. Just ask for the Fathers Day Special when you order from www.fireantjuice.com We reviewed Fire Ant Juice here.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there!

James L Meagher Sr

James L. Meagher, 10/6/1924 – 03/18/2007

retro graphic courtesy of Heather Ackley

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 GrandvillesBBQSauces.com 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.

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Dizzy Dust rub and Patter Fam Jerk Sauce

After consuming more wings in one weekend than anyone should in their lifetime, at Peppers at the Beach, we really wanted something different off the grill for dinner.

Crusty pork tenderloin

Crusty pork tenderloin

So we went with the extremely easy and versatile pork tenderloin. Featuring a heavy dose of Dizzy Pig’s Dizzy Dust rub, our tenderloin grilled up perfectly with a beautiful crust and was served with a quick Pineapple Salsa. The next night, leftovers were sliced medallions of the tenderloin with Patter Fam’s Jamaican Jerk Sauce for dipping, along with buttery mashed potatoes.

Leftovers with mashed potatoes and jerk sauce

Leftovers with mashed potatoes and jerk sauce

“rub the heck out of it, and grill it…” ~ Shane Draper

The pork tenderloin is such a forgiving and versatile cut of meat – lending itself to marinating (think of your favorite italian dressing, or jerk sauce), rubbing (in this case with Dizzy Dust, or your favorite homemade or commercial rubs – slathered with mustard first, if you like that technique), coated with a fresh ginger and orange marmalade jam, or even brined or injected with a favorite vinegar/juice combo (that’s tenderloin 201 – advanced). Oh. And there’s jerked pork tenderloin… one of my favorites. More on that later.

Marilyn was hanging out online with Shane Draper of Drapers BBQ, and I was looking at a blank canvas of the pork tenderloin, having already decided NOT to marinate it earlier. I asked her to ask Shane for ideas. He said, “rub the heck out of it, and grill it like a long pork chop. Rolling every few minutes to get a nice crust.” Thanks Shane. That’s exactly what we did. It was awesome.

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Spring Super Spicy & BBQ Sale

Amazing Deals on Sauces

We had such a great sale prior to the Super Bowl, why not do one for the Spring? Traditionally Memorial Day Weekend is the start for the opening of beaches, picnic gatherings, and at home, the unofficial start of the grilling season. We let any company selling their products to join in on the promotion even if they are not spicy. We are here to help them succeed and giving them a platform like this can only assist them to get their products to places where they would not normally be found. Please take a hard look at what is being offered. Think about enhancing your grilling experience or something you can add to a gathering of friends and/or family. Perhaps something to share with your co-workers or neighbors. Help support these small companies, and at the same time taste some great products while doing so.

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Pork in the Park 2012 Day 2 Competition Day Wrap-up

We started our 2nd day at Pork in the Park by going directly to the competition area. We arrived shortly after the last turn-in, and a lot of the teams were already beginning to tear down their sites. Most teams want to be ready to roll out after the late day awards are given out.

We did get to chat briefly with Mike Richter of Chix, Swine and Bovine and Chris Capell of Dizzy Pig. “Famous Dave” Anderson was a real hoot to meet and chat with. We also talked to DJ Watkins of U Needa BBQ, Jay Reeder of 4:20 Q who won Grand Champion as well as Maryland Champion later that day.

Enjoy the slideshow – click any image for a larger view:

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