Country Chef Grilling Sauces on Kickstarter

I’m a big fan of Kickstarter projects (I’ve backed over 30), but I’ve never featured one in a post on HotSauceDaily.

[vision_notification style=”warning” font_size=”14px” closeable=”false”] UPDATE 04/08/2014: Sadly, the Kickstarter campaign has been cancelled. Hopefully, Chef Mike will re-tool and do another one. In the meantime, there is still a lot of juicy good info in this post. [/vision_notification]

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Country Chef Grilling Sauces on Kickstarter

So I’m doing my first one for Country Chef Grilling Sauces from Chef Mike Espey of North Carolina, because I really believe in the flavors and quality of sauces from him.

What is Kickstarter?

It’s a “crowd funding” website of “projects” for start-up companies (I favor the foodies, BBQ, & hot sauces projects), where you pledge dollars towards their goal, and for pledging you get “rewards”… which depend on the project.

If the project does not meet their goal, you are out nothing – you will not be charged your pledge.

If they do make their goal, you get the rewards for supporting them.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/494646113/country-chef-grilling-sauce

Who or what is Country Chef Grilling Sauce?

Chef Mike Espey created a line of grilling sauces back in 2011, and is now ready to branch out and go nationwide.

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I’ve been a fan of Chef Mike Espey’s since 2011, where we first reviewed his Mustard Grilling Sauce. His lineup has grown to six flavors of grilling sauces – Original, Hickory Smoke, Honey, Mustard, Chipotle & Sweet & Spicy.

all 6 sauces from country chef grilling

All 6 sauces from Country Chef Grilling

How can you help?

So I’m asking our readers to visit the Kickstarter page for Country Chef Grilling Sauces and make a pledge.

You can make a pledge as little as $1 (One dollar) and up. Payments are handled easily via Amazon payments.

You can go here to make a pledge for Country Chef Grilling Sauces on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/494646113/country-chef-grilling-sauce

Here’s a video we made a little while back grilling some wings with Country Chef’s Mustard Sauce:

Good luck to Chef Mike and Country Chef Grilling Sauce!

Follow Country Chef Grilling Sauce on Facebook and on Twitter as @grillingsauce

Please support Country Chef in this project, even if you just do $1 – that way you’ll get all updates on it, and hopefully you’ll up your pledge later.

Are you a fan of Kickstarter projects?

What are some of your favorite Kickstarter projects that are looking for funding?

Tell us in the Comments below.

We reviewed Country Chef here: http://hotsaucedaily.com/smoke-grilled-mustard-bbq-wings/

Chili Dans BBQ Bloody Mary recipe

Continuing our Sunday Bloody Mary series, we are featuring a unique BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe using Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce, his custom rim topper recipe, V8 Vegetable Juice, and garnished with some spicy pickled green beans from Blaze’s. This is a BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe that you can craft to be your own.

BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe using Chili Dan’s All Purpose Sauce

Chili Dan's BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe

One of our Top Favorite Products in 2013, Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce is the basis for this unique BBQ flavored Bloody Mary recipe. Sweet and savory, we reviewed Chili Dan’s here.

Now, “Chili Dan” Miller is going to have my head on a platter for suggesting that this is a BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe. Chili Dan’s All Purpose Sauce is anything BUT a BBQ sauce… but we have to categorize this somehow… and so BBQ it is.

Make this your own version

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The beauty of this recipe, like all good recipes, is that you can make it your own! While we would love for you to get your hands on a couple of bottles of Chili Dan’s Sauce… you can substitute any other favorite BBQ sauce (sweeter is best here) and any spice blend you like for the glass rim. And while Blaze’s Pickled Green Beans is celebrating 20 years up in Vancouver, Canada… again, garnishes are up to you. BTW, Blaze’s Green Beans are easily ordered for shipping to the US on their website. Pas de problème.

Overview of the Chili Dan’s Bloody Mary Recipe

You’re going to pour a little bit of Chili Dan’s (or your favorite BBQ sauce) onto a dish to wet the rim of your glass.

Chili Dan's Rim seasonings

You’re going to dredge the wet rimmed glass in Chili Dan’s Rim Topper seasoning (or your favorite seasonings).

Chili Dan's sauce in bottom of glass.

Fill that glass with ice, and add 1 or 2 or 3 tablespoons of Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce (or your favorite BBQ sauce).

Add 1 or 2 or 3 ounces of your favorite adult beverage (Vodka in this case. Tequila if it’s Saturday Night. Whiskey if you live in Kentucky or Tennessee.)

Chili Dan's Bloody Mary Finished

Add the Blaze’s Beans and/or any garnishes you like. Chili Dan calls for a “floater” of 1/2 ounce juice (brine) from the pickled beans. I passed on that step.

Final Thoughts: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Refreshing. Probably the most enjoyable and refreshing Bloody Mary I’ve had in a long time. The overall sweet taste was a nice departure from the typical hot, spicy, horseradish-laden Bloody Mary mixers. NOT THAT THERE’S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT!

Bloody Mary with Chili Dans

To wrap things up, seriously consider working with this recipe, hopefully with some Chili Dan’s, and make it your own. Get creative and enjoy!

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Here’s Chili Dan himself, making his cocktail on local tv

Fast forward to 4:18 for the Bloody Mary.

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

Do you have a favorite BBQ sauce based Bloody Mary Recipe? Tell us about it in the Comments below. We’d all like to learn from each other!

Jerk BBQ Wings with Hoboken Eddie’s

Day 6 of our Week of Wings features a Caribbean Jerk BBQ sauce from Hoboken Eddies.

Jerk Wings with Hoboken Eddie’s Jamican Jerk BBQ Sauce

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Week of Wings 5 – Day 6. I love jerk seasonings and jerk sauces, and so I usually include them in our Week of Wings series. This one is a little different in that it’s not your typical jerk sauce. Hoboken Eddie’s Jamaican Jerk BBQ is more of a thick, barbecue style sauce with jerk overtones. It made some hot, spicy wings.

Preparation: Deep fried. We did our usual 3 step cook – baked at 350º for 40 minutes (turning once half-way through), deep fried at 350 – 375º for 2 – 3 minutes, then tossed in the sauce. See our Wings 101 post for more info.

Ingredients: relish, apricot jam, jalapeño peppers, ketchup, hot sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, molasses, chopped cherry peppers, worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, ginger, water, liquid smoke, allspice, cinnamon, curry powder, chives.

hoboken eddies jamaican jerk bbq texture

Texture and Appearance: Dark reddish brown in color, this jerk bbq sauce is very thick and super chunky, thanks to the first ingredient of relish.
It coated our wings well, and the bits of relish and peppers added some nice texture. Beautiful.

Taste straight up: First up, you know you’re eating a smoky tomatoey BBQ sauce. A fruity sweetness and spice are next, with some considerable heat coming in last.
It’s a pleasant taste overall, and the tiny chunks add to the mouth feel. Sweet and spicy.

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Taste on wings: Sweet and flavorful, this sauce is hard to characterize. The Jamaican Jerk BBQ influence is there, but in a light-weight amount. Ginger, cinnamon and garlic play a big role in that.

Marilyn tasted a heavy roasted veggies profile that she found delicious. Also, she is not a fan of jerk sauces, but thoroughly enjoyed this sauce on our wings, and looks forward to trying it on some ribs.

I find it very fruity, without being too sweet – a nice complex balance of flavors. I think of it as “Americanized Jerk”, as it really is a BBQ sauce first. And the smokiness was muted in the end. Very unique.

Heat Level: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – I know we’re only talking about jalapeños and cherry peppers here, but this sauce brings on a good amount of heat. Our lips were tingling, and the burn fills the mouth and throat. It’s not exactly short-lived either. Warm.

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Overall rating: Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars – Our most unusual wings of the series this week. Jamaican Jerk BBQ Sauce from Hoboken Eddie’s is a fantastic sauce with so many possibilities, from burgers, to ribs, to pork and chicken.

I don’t want to forget to mention the awesome 14 ounce “flask” bottle is a hefty and attractive package.

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

About Hoboken Eddies

Chef Edmund Patrick “Hoboken Eddie” McCarthy starts with the highest quality ingredients and then mixes them with a secret array of herbs and spices to conjure-up his tastebud tantalizing sauces.never thickened with cornstarch or xathum gum,you can taste the difference, There are no animal products, fats, or oils.

At last check, Hoboken Eddie has a line-up of 17 different and unique sauces ranging from BBQs to hot sauces; from mustards to chutneys, and some sauces that defy categorization.

Visit HobokenEddies.com to check out his awesome line of products.

Follow HobokenEddies on Facebook too.


More Week of Wings 5

Week of Wings 5 – Day 1: Patter Fam Sauces Sissy Sally Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 5 – Day 2: Datil Pepper BBQ Rubbed Wings
Week of Wings 5 – Day 3: Spicey Rooster Buffalo Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 5 – Day 4: Sweet Baby Rays 3 Wing Sauces
Week of Wings 5 – Day 5: Crystal and Louisiana Brand Wing Sauces
Week of Wings 5 – Day 6: Jerk Wings with Hoboken Eddies Jamaican BBQ Sauce
Week of Wings 5 – Day 7: Seven wing recipes to try this year

Sweet Baby Rays Wings 3 Ways

Day 4 of Week of Wings. It’s time to visit the grocery store to see what the wing sauces on the shelves offer. Today it’s three styles of Sweet Baby Ray’s wing sauces in the spotlight.

Sweet Baby Ray’s – Sweet Chili – Buffalo and Kickin’ Bourbon Wing Sauces

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Week of Wings 5 – Day 4. Our featured wings today are a 3 way from Sweet Baby Ray’s. Sweet Chili Wing Sauce and Glaze, Buffalo Wing Sauce and Glaze, and Kickin’ Bourbon Wing Sauce and Glaze. All are easily found on your local grocer’s shelves.

We like Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauces – who doesn’t? I would venture to say they are probably America’s favorite store-bought sauces. But how do their wing sauces hold up? “The Sauce is The Boss” as they say.

Preparation: Deep fried. Again, we did our usual 3 step cook – baked at 350º for 40 minutes (turning once half-way through), deep fried at 350 – 375º for 2 – 3 minutes, then tossed in the sauce. See our Wings 101 post for more info.

Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet Chili Wing Sauce & Glaze

First up, is their Sweet Chili sauce.

This sauce starts off sweet, but spicy red chili peppers provide enough heat to fire up an order of wings or liven up grilled salmon, popcorn shrimp, or pork chips.

Ingredients: high fructose corn syrup, distilled vinegar, aged cayenne pepper, water, modified food starch, salt, sugar, contains less than 2% of: sriracha chile sauce, red bell pepper, garlic, wheat, soybeans, vegetable oil, chicken base, spice, chile de arbol pepper, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, sodium metabisulfite as preservatives, xanthan gum, paprika.

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Texture and Appearance: Typical thick and sticky chile sauce, with bits of ingredients floating about. Clean.

Taste on wings: Super sweet and very sticky. Finger licking goodness with just a touch of heat. Enjoyable.

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Overall rating:

Heat Level: ★☆☆☆☆. Just a tingle of heat. Ultra mild.

Satisfaction: ★☆☆☆☆ – 1 Star – We think these wings are “acceptable”. And we think this sauce would make a great crockpot full of meatballs (which we plan to try), or added to baked beans, or as a glaze on ham or pork.

Sweet Baby Ray’s Buffalo Wing Sauce & Glaze

Next up, their version of Buffalo Wing Sauce.

… full flavored sauce with the perfect blend of cayenne pepper and garlic, and a rich butter finish.

Ingredients: aged cayenne pepper, distilled vinegar, margarine, water, salt, dried garlic, contains less than 2% of: vegetable oil, paprika, xanthan gum, propylene glycol alginate, citric acid. Gluten free.

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Texture and Appearance: Thin and bright orange in color. We’re back to the typical “buffalo style” bottled sauce look here. Moderately clingy and sets up on the wings. Great cling factor.

Taste on wings: This has all the taste of a very traditional wing from your local bar. Not a lot of butter taste, and the vinegar flavor is very mild. The taste is average, and the heat only slightly hotter than other bottled sauces from the store. Tangy.

Overall rating:

Heat Level: ★☆☆☆☆ Hotter than some store sauces, but only at a bare minimum. Would make for an acceptable wing that everyone could enjoy. Nice quality of flavor. Reliable.

Satisfaction: ★★☆☆☆ – 2 Stars – Nothing wrong with these mild wings. They’re just what you would imagine from a bar with a decent mild wing. Average.

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Sweet Baby Ray’s Kickin’ Bourbon Wing Sauce & Glaze

Finally, the BBQ version of their wing sauce.

“Smooth bourbon, sticky molasses and spicy peppers …”

Ingredients: water, high fructose corn syrup, aged cayenne pepper, molasses, distilled vinegar, modified food starch, salt, contains less than 2% of: bourbon, dried garlic, chipotle pepper, spice, natural flavor, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate as preservatives, xanthan gum, tomato paste, paprika, sucralose, citric acid, sodium citrate.

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Texture and Appearance: Dark almost mahogany colored. This mildly thick sauce is the BBQ Wing sauce king of the bunch. It clings nicely to the wings. Classic bbq.

Taste on wings: This is a BBQ wing. Make no mistake about it. Superior to your average bar bbq wing, these are very satisfying and tasty. Winner.

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Overall rating:

Heat Level: ★★☆☆☆ – 2 stars – Heat is just under medium here. This is all about the BBQ wing. Classy.

Satisfaction: ★★★☆☆ – 3 stars – Almost tops on our preference for a bbq wing. Delicious and savory. Preferred.

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Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.


More Week of Wings 5

Week of Wings 5 – Day 1: Patter Fam Sauces Sissy Sally Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 5 – Day 2: Datil Pepper BBQ Rubbed Wings
Week of Wings 5 – Day 3: Spicey Rooster Buffalo Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 5 – Day 4: Sweet Baby Rays 3 Wing Sauces
Week of Wings 5 – Day 5: Crystal and Louisiana Brand Wing Sauces
Week of Wings 5 – Day 6: Jerk BBQ Wings with Hoboken Eddies
Week of Wings 5 – Day 7: Seven wing recipes to try this year

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

The Shed Spicy Mustard up close

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.

The Shed Spicy Vinegar BBQ Sauce clean sample

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

The Shed

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.

Bone Doctors’ Original BBQ Sauce & Premium Spice Blend

Bone Doctors’ Barbeque Sauces were created by Dr. David and Dr. Bruce, two orthopedic surgeons (bone doctors) with a love of barbeque. Original, Sweet & Spicy, Carolina Bold, and Brazen Heat Barbeque Sauce, along with Bone Doctors’ Premium Spice Blend, complete with vintage photographic labels, round out their lineup of products.

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We’re going to look at their Premium Spice Blend and their Original Barbeque Sauce and see just why their slogan is “The Cure for the Common Barbeque”.

Bone Doctors' Premium Spice Blend and Original BBQ Sauce

Bone Doctors’ Premium Spice Blend and Original BBQ Sauce

Bone Doctors’ Premium Spice Blend

Ingredients: spices, sugar, salt, garlic, and onion.

Those are the ingredients as listed on the label. Oddly, the ingredients listed on their website is different. (Sugar, Kosher Salt, Paprika, Spices, Chili Powder, Garlic, Onion). I”m not sure which is more current. I’ll have to contact them for clarification.

Bone Doctors' Premium Spice Blend

Bone Doctors’ Premium Spice Blend

Texture & Appearance: Marilyn tells me this is a reddish-orange color. It’s a very fine, almost dusty grind. Despite the larger flakes and granules in our closeup pic, shaking this spice blend or “rub” onto the food showed us just how fine it was, and how quickly it came out. We had to force ourselves to use a light hand in shaking it out.

Taste Straight Up: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – Sweet, savory with some chile pepper (perhaps cayenne?), and just slightly salty. We’ve found that the salt “cooks away” from most rubs that are heavier on salt. This was one of the less salty tasting rubs we’ve had lately.

Heat Level: Minimal. Less than 1 out of 5.

Label/Graphics: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Very classy. True to the Bone Doctors’ theme of vintage photos, the rub features a photo of an Indian Chief or perhaps, given the theme of Bone Doctors, a Medicine Man.

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – I may be a sucker for naming conventions, but this really is a “premium” tasting product, and one that we will reach for again and again. And I’ll add that this rub falls right in the middle in terms of usefulness, flavor, and overall quality.

For you backyard BBQer’s out there, this rub would be a great addition to your everyday seasonings for the grill.

Bone Doctors’ Original Barbeque Sauce

The Original seemed like a good place to start with this foursome of BBQ sauces.

Ingredients: ketchup (tomato concentrate, sugar, vinegar, salt, onion powder, spices, natural flavor), sugar, Worcestershire sauce (dextrose, salt, sugar, caramel color, garlic, spices, citric acid, natural spice extractives, annatto color, white vinegar, cayenne pepper), lemon juice, seasoning blend, horseradish, mustard powder, kosher salt, garlic.

Bone Doctors' Original Barbeque Sauce

Bone Doctors’ Original Barbeque Sauce

Texture & Appearance: A rusty red color with flecks of seasonings. Medium thickness, it was a bit of work to coax the sauce out of the flask bottle.

Taste Straight Up: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars
Marilyn: Out of the bottle, I found this to have a slightly sweet flavor up front, with a vinegar background. The Worcestershire sauce adds a nice dark flavor that blends with and smooths out the other ingredients.
Brian: I don’t get the sweet up front – for me it was a nice hit of vinegar, followed by a dark, almost “umami” aspect. I think there is a black pepper component within the “seasoning blend” that gives just a hint of spiciness.

Heat Level: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – Very mild heat. Just slightly spicy from the cayenne and horseradish.

Label/Graphics: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Five stars for the great vintage photographs that adorn Bone Doctors’ labels. Bonus points for the “flask” style bottles. The Original Barbeque Sauce label features a Civil War officer. See our pics below for the other 3 bbq sauce labels.

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): Rated 4 out of 5 Stars
Brian: This sauce is very “middle of the road” in the sense that it is truly a barbeque sauce with no pretentions. It’s not too sweet, too vinegary, too spicy, too thick or too thin. I would put it in the same class of bbq sauce as Draper’s BBQ Sauce both in usefulness, consistency, and overall good flavor.

Marilyn: Very pleasant. I liked the balance of flavors, and that is wasn’t too thick or gloppy or overbearingly sweet. We’d love to try this on chicken. Too bad we didn’t get the bigger bottle!

Two Bacon Explosions

For the Labor Day weekend, we decided to make a couple of Bacon Explosions. We needed 2 things – a good rub, and a good BBQ sauce. So we decided to pair Bone Doctors’ Premium rub with their Original BBQ sauce. This turned out to be a great 1-2 punch on our Bacon Explosions.

One was made with a “hot” breakfast sausage (Jimmy Dean “Hot”), and one with Sweet Italian Sausage (bulk sausage from Johnsonville).

Bone Doctors' Bacon Explosions - breakfast sausage & Italian

Bone Doctors’ Bacon Explosions – breakfast sausage & Italian

We made one of each to help us decide which we preferred – the breakfast sausage, or the Italian sausage.

Bone Doctors' breakfast sausage Bacon Explosion

Bone Doctors’ breakfast sausage Bacon Explosion

Bone Doctors' Italian Bacon Explosion

Bone Doctors’ Italian sausage Bacon Explosion

After all this, we still don’t know which we like best!

The Bone Doctors’ Premium Spice Blend added just the right amount of spice both inside and out on the Bacon Explosions.

And while the original recipe for Bacon Explosions calls for a thick, sweet, sugary BBQ sauce (for both thickness and glaze properties) such as a “Sweet Baby Ray’s type of sauce”, we really enjoyed the savory, dark flavor of Bone Doctors’ Original Barbeque Sauce on these babies. And our neighbors concurred. It was a good Sunday night on Labor Day Weekend, 2013!

Sweet & Spicy, Carolina Bold, Brazen Heat BBQ Sauces from Bone Doctors'

Sweet & Spicy, Carolina Bold, Brazen Heat BBQ Sauces from Bone Doctors’

About Bone Doctors’

Bone Doctors’ BBQ Sauce began 27 years ago, when physicians Dr. David Heilbronner and Dr. Bruce Wilhelmsen first met. After realizing they each possessed a strong sense of culinary curiosity, the pair of orthopedic surgeons (Bone Doctors) embarked on a journey to create the “Original” barbeque sauce, using only natural ingredients without preservatives, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavoring, or coloring. This eventually led to the discovery of the savory blend that serves as the basis for every bottle of Bone Doctors’ BBQ Sauce.

Try Bone Doctors’ BBQ Sauce at your next meal to give your cookout creation a new dimension of flavor. After a few mouth-watering bites, you’ll understand why we say, you have found “The Cure for the Common Barbeque”.

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Where to buy:
You can order online at BoneDoctorsBBQ.com

Disclaimer: We purchased the BBQ sauces for our own personal use and review purposes. The Premium Spice Blend was a bonus, thrown in for free. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are our own.

Johnny Secreto Rubs and BBQ Sauce review

This was a really fun review to work on, thanks to the great labels and branding and amazing variety of flavors in the 3 rubs and the BBQ sauce.

Johnny Secreto features rubs and recipes from an Old World Italian Family

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Here are 3 very different, yet flavorful rubs and their BBQ sauce counterpart from Johnny Secreto. Let’s look at the products, and then we’ll talk about the grilled chicken tenders we cooked with each.

Backyard Classic

Ingredients: sugar, paprika, garlic salt, seasoning salt, celery salt, onion salt, herbs, spices – 3.0 oz jar.

This really is a “classic” style rub, as it includes all the basic ingredients that a good rub is built upon. Look up any basic rub recipe, and you’ll see a similar list. Of course, Johnny Secreto has added their own unique spice blends to personalize it.

Having the finest grind of the three, it’s powdery, sweet and salty. The celery salt is quite prominent. I know a lot of folks don’t care for celery flavorings, but if you love Old Bay Seasoning, you’ll like this. Not that this rub is of the seafood seasoning variety, I’m just comparing it to one of the most well-known, celery salt laden seasonings. Good for: burgers, ribs, poultry, potatoes.

Sultan’s Gold Rub

Ingredients: brown sugar, kosher salt, garlic salt, spices – 2.5 oz jar.

The Sultan’s Gold has the coarsest makeup, and indeed has a yellowish-gold look to it. We think it’s very Mediterranean in flavor, and very pungent with hints of coriander and a little touch of curry. Good for: wild game, lamb, salmon, pork or poultry.

Mexicallia Rub

Ingredients: brown sugar, kosher salt, herbs, spices – 2.75 oz jar.

This medium-light grind was a little clumpy due to the moisture in the brown sugar. It was also the sweetest tasting of the 3, with an ever so slight spicy finish. Secreto’s claims there is a chipotle finish to it, but we only detect a tinge of chile heat – not noticeable enough to identify it as chipotle. Good for: chicken, grilled quesadillas, or as a spice for taco meat or added to salsa or dips.

Craft BBQ Sauce

Ingredients: extra thick ketchup (tomato concentrate, sugar, vinegar, salt, onion powder, spices, natural flavors), dark brown sugar, apple vinegar, water, worcestershire sauce (distilled white vinegar, molasses, water, sugar, onions, anchovies, salt, garlic, cloves, tamarind extract, natural flavorings, chile pepper extract), liquid smoke, garlic powder, onion powder, other spices. Contains soy and fish. – 12 oz bottle.

Dark brown colored and medium thick, this is a sweet, spicy (peppery) sauce. We’re just talking about ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, worcestershire, and spices – pretty typical. There is the addition of liquid smoke, but I don’t feel it’s overpowering at all. I’m a fan of liquid smoke – when used lightly – and I think it’s just fine here. (There are legions of liquid smoke haters out there, and that’s fodder for a whole different discussion).

Secreto’s Craft BBQ Sauce, while delicious, is pretty standard fare. Very good, but not spectacularly different. But, it really shined when paired with the rubs. It would make a great BBQ sauce on pulled pork too, paired with the Backyard Classic rub.

Grilled chicken with Johnny Secreto rubs and Craft BBQ Sauce

For each of the 3 rubs, we marinated 1/2 pound of chicken tenders with 3 tsp of rub, and 2 tsp of olive oil in zip top baggies for about 3 hours.

Then we grilled the tenders over a medium direct heat. Near the end of grilling, we sauced half of them with Johnny Secreto Craft BBQ Sauce, to see how the sauce worked with each of the rubs.

Johnny Secreto Backyard Classic Rub

Dry Rubbed:

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Brian – Truly tastes like a classic rub, but a bit salty, which rubs can be in general. Usually the saltiness gets “washed away” or minimized with either a marinade or with the addition of a sauce (more on that later). I think this rub would make a great savory deep fried wing. On the tenders we grilled, I liked it very much. But I did use a heavy hand and would back off a bit next time.

Marilyn – Tastes a little too salty for me but I do pick up on the sweetness, and the paprika and garlic and onion. There’s also a good bit of black pepper going on. Other than the salt, it’s pretty enjoyable and flavorful.

With Craft Sauce:

Brian – The sauce added a perfect sweet blend that really cut back on the saltiness. I can now say this would be a killer wing recipe, either deep fried or grilled as we’ve done here. This is a must-try combo.

Marilyn – I’m getting a lot of sweetness from both the rub and sauce together. I agree with Brian, that the sauce helped temper the salt in the rub. There’s also a nice dark flavor from the worcestershire in the sauce, with some heat coming in at the end – mildly spicy. The Craft Sauce caramelized nicely on the chicken. Winner!

Johnny Secreto Sultan’s Gold Rub

Dry Rubbed:

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Brian – Very savory, yet very floral. Definitely the strongest flavored of the rubs. Impressive in looks, taste and feel. I love the big bits of spices. On the chicken, as you can see in the pics, the rub is a big player in both appearance and texture. I was blown away from the big impact this rub had on the dry tenders.

Marilyn – I see lots of coriander seed and hulls, other herbs, and some pepper flakes. Very aromatic and herbaceous. I’m not sold on this being a good rub on chicken. I’m thinking bigger foods, like beef ribs, or pork loins or tenderloins.

With Craft BBQ Sauce:

Brian – The same underlying floral bouquet, this time with the added sweetness and spice of the Craft BBQ sauce. Very hearty with big flavors. But with the Gold rub, I prefer the dry rubbed chicken. I can see this would be a perfect seasoning on lamb or other game meats, too.

Marilyn – Totally different now with the sauce. I like this much better than just the dry rub, but I still feel this rub is made for beef ribs or pork loin. I can’t speak to the lamb, as I’m not a fan of that meat.

Johnny Secreto Mexicallia Rub

Dry Rubbed:

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Brian – If you remember, this rub was a bit clumpy due to the moisture in the brown sugar, and it shows up again here on these dry rubbed chicken tenders. Whether it’s just a little sweat from the brown sugar releasing the moisture, or the rub itself drawing out moisture from the chicken, the tacky look and feel was not appetizing. The flavor was very muted – just not enough for me. With barely a hint of spice, this rub was the blandest of the three. Perhaps a heavier dose would be in order. It seems to want to be a “Southwest” style of seasoning, but just doesn’t quite get there.

I would recommend Johnny Secreto kick up the chile flavor (whether chipotle, or other) to bring this rub up to the level of flavor that the other 2 rubs bring.

Marilyn – While it’s the least salty of the 3 rubs, and some chile and cumin show up in my mouth, it’s very tame compared to the others. Definitely very sweet, and pleasant, but it’s not really a chile or southwest player. At least not at the level to which we are accustomed.

With Craft BBQ Sauce:

Brian – Again, the Craft BBQ Sauce has enhanced this rub – really bringing out more flavor more than the rub alone. This rub just might not be for chicken – at least in the way we prepared it.

Marilyn – I agree that the sweetness of the sauce really pumped up the flavor of the Mexicalli Rub. And like Brian said, this just may not be for grilled chicken alone. Maybe in a quesadilla or other Mexican fare it would be good.

Final Thoughts

While all of the rubs and the sauce are delicious, each brings its own strong suit. There is nothing wrong with any of them, the packaging and labeling is top notch, and the logo, graphics, and personna of Johnny Secreto is simply stellar.

But of course we have our favorites.

Brian – My favorite overall was the Backyard Classic rub with the Craft BBQ sauce combo. Next would be the incredibly flavorful Gold rub, and I liked this one both dry and sauced. Finally, the Mexicalli with the sauce – it has potential as is, but could be so much bolder.

Marilyn – My favorite combo was also the Backyard Classic with the BBQ sauce. A perfect pairing of rub and sauce. Then the Mexicalli with sauce is my 2nd place favorite. And I thought the Sultan’s Gold with sauce was a huge flavorful player here, but I would use it with caution – and perhaps not on chicken, but the heartier meats.

We concur the Craft Sauce improves all the rubs, at least on the grilled chicken that we used for this review.

Backyard Classic Rub – Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – A perfectly balanced blend of seasonings.
Sultan’s Gold Rub – Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars – Huge flavor and great appearance and texture. Not your everyday rub.
Mexicalli Rub – Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – Could be spicier and more robust. Needs improvement.
Craft BBQ Sauce – Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars – It’s pretty darn good. We reserve additional thoughts once we’ve tried it on pork (ribs or pulled). However, it was key to the success of all the rubs. They’re made for each other.

Overall RatingRated 4 out of 5 Stars – Great flavors, quality ingredients, and super cool graphics all add up to top notch offerings. Packing rubs in glass jars is very classy. Kudos.

We highly recommend any and all of their products to our readers – they are all winners. Speaking of all of their products – they also make an Old World Spaghetti Sauce as well as an Espresso Especial Rub, both of which we hope to try soon. They also have a dry pasta you might be interested in.

Visit http://johnnysecreto.com/ today, and get yourself a basketful of these wonderful products. We thank them for the opportunity to review them. And be sure and check out their family history on their About page.

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