Carolina Cologne BBQ sauce on pulled pork – review

carolina cologne bbq sauce

Carolina Cologne is an Eastern North Carolina barbeque sauce from Jerry Roberts, who grew up in Nags Head, N.C. and now resides in Florida. This peppery, red colored, vinegar based sauce is a step above the usual thin vinegar and crushed red pepper table sauces that are prevalent in the Eastern region of North Carolina.

This sauce adds some body and flavor to what is traditionally a thin sauce. In a nutshell, it’s pretty damn good, and a big improvement over a traditional sauce.

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The Good Stuff Sweet BBQ Sauce Review

the good stuff bbq sauce on pulled pork

The Good Stuff Sweet BBQ Sauce comes from Hickey Bottom BBQ Sauce Co out of Fenelton, PA. The daughter and mother team of Rebecca McCrea and Mary Ann Pranulis hand bottle this sweet, sticky BBQ sauce, and are currently selling it in a few stores in their local Pennsylvania area, as well as on

The Good Stuff Sweet BBQ Sauce is a simple, sweet sticky BBQ sauce that makes no qualms about the lack of heat or spiciness… this is not a hot BBQ sauce. Rather it’s a medium thick, sweet sauce that does well at the end of your cook. And it’s the pride and joy of Rebecca McCrea who’s been making it for years, and at the urging of friends and customers, has begun bottling and selling it.

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Easy Super Bowl Snack you can make now from things you already have


Here’s an easy Super Bowl Snack you can make right now, from things you already have in your kitchen.


Here’s what you need:

  • 1 tablespoon BBQ Rub (we used Willie’s Hog Dust)
  • 1/2 cup Canola Oil
  • 1 sleeve of saltine crackers

That’s it!

In a 1 gallon zip lock bag, combine oil and rub, mix well.
Add 1 sleeve of saltine crackers, tumble gently to coat – let sit 5 minutes
Turn and tumble gently again and let sit overnight (on your counter).
Enjoy as is, or with a smear of soft cream cheese.

Got a bigger crowd? Just double the recipe.

We got this recipe from Willie’s Hog Dust.

This is the first post I’ve created completely on my Chromebook. Google Drive and PicMonkey work well together!

Slowpoke BBQ Spicy Apple BBQ Sauce Review

What does a guy from New Hampshire know about Texas BBQ anyway? At least that is how Chad Devine begins his site. He has concocted an apple based BBQ sauce that he feels really represents Texas BBQ sauce. Did he get it done? Let’s find out!

Read on as Marilyn and I discuss our impressions of Slowpoke BBQ’s Spicy Apple BBQ Sauce.

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Week of Mild Day 4 Oakridge Secret Weapon Pork & Chicken Rub Review

A mild rub is our featured review for Day 4 of Week of Mild – Oakridge BBQ Secret Weapon Pork & Chicken Rub.

About Oakridge BBQ:

Michael Trump is the owner of Oakridge BBQ out of Kearney, Missouri. Not only do they have an array of spice rubs that are second to none, they are a Barbecue Competition team that have won over 20+ plus awards. Michael Trump and Oakridge know what they are doing.

Oakridge BBQ Secret Weapon bag and sample

Oakridge BBQ Secret Weapon bag and sample

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Carolina Sunshine Bar-B-Que Sauce Original and Hot Review

Mild BBQ sauce is our entry for Day 3 of our Week of Mild, and this time it’s an Eastern North Carolina style sauce from Carolina Sunshine. It’s a stretch to call any strong vinegar based sauce “mild”, but I’m willing to include one here for variety’s sake. That and the fact that I just realized these potent vinegar based sauces have quite a kick to them, but they are “mild” in terms of heat.

Carolina Sunshine Original and Hot BBQ Sauce

Carolina Sunshine BBQ sauce – hot on the left, original on the right

North Carolina boasts two main styles of BBQ sauce – Piedmont (Lexington) Style, typically made of vinegar, salt, peppers, spices, and ketchup (and sometimes worchestershire sauce) – and Eastern Style, again based on vinegar, but no ketchup. Unlike all other regional BBQ sauces (except for the mustard based goodness out of Alabama), there is NO ketchup in Eastern North Carolina style. This fact alone has always kept me from really enjoying this style of sauce. Until now.

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Spicy BBQ Sauce Wing Throwdown

This guest post is from our friend Big Wayne Brown of

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 – 
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Hoosier Daddy BBQ Sauce –
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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

Tom’s Roid Rippin’ Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce

Tom Slosser of 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.