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.

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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.

Sriracha Sauce Trio – Kikkoman – HT Traders – Rooster

Huy Fong Rooster Sauce sriracha sauce bottle

Huy Fong Rooster Sauce sriracha sauce bottle

We love Sriracha sauce and love sharing with you our Sriracha sauce finds. This time we campare two more grocery store shelves’ versions of Sriracha sauces from Kikkoman and H.T. Trader (Harris Teeter), along with the venerable Huy Fong Tuong Ot Sriracha (Rooster Sauce). The latter is commonly called “Rooster Sauce” because of the rooster on the label.

Huy Fong - Kikkoman - HT Traders - Sriracha sauces

Huy Fong – Kikkoman – HT Traders – Sriracha sauces

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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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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.

Sweet Spicy Girl Medium Hot Sauce from Davez Foodz

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Sweet Spicy Girl from Davez Foodz

The first sauce out of the kitchens of Davez Foodz is Sweet Spicy Girl. All natural and handmade in small batches, Sweet Spicy Girl features fresh picked peppers. Owner David Ridderbusch has crafted a beautiful bright red sauce that has a nice balance of sweet with heat. Not too sweet, the light burn is pleasant and mild. Sweet Spicy Girl is aptly named.

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