Originally posted by JRPfeff
Does anyone remember Show-Me Bar-B-Q sauce? I used to find it in the 1980's and early '90's. It was very smokey and rich, and my all-time favorite sauce.
I'm afraid the recipe died with it's creator. http://www.ag.ohio-state.edu/~naaj/sauce.htm
I am well familiar with Show Me Barbecue Sauce. I actually met the guy many years ago when I was doing a demonstration in his hometown of Columbia, MO.
An older gentleman approached my table and engaged me in conversation as he tasted the sauces.
"So, how long you been in business," he asked.
It was back in the mid 90s, so I answered, "About 4 years."
"You ever heard of a sauce out there called Show Me Barbecue Sauce?"
Not only had I heard of it, I knew it was a local favorite. I make a point of not bad mouthing my competitors anyway, but the way this guy asked the question, I knew he had some kind of attachment to the sauce so I was extra polite in my answer.
"I have heard of it, pretty good stuff too. There seems to be a lot of brand loyalty to it around here."
"That's because it's my sauce," he said handing me his card.
I looked at the card. On one side was his information as a sauce maker. On the other side was all the info for his primary profession as a veterinarian
We had a good long talk and became friendly
competitors that day. It turned out that he made the sauce in a large vat in his basement! When I asked about issues with the local health department, he informed me that he was inspected regularly by the USDA and that he had the only federally approved basement manufacturing facility in the country!
He was a good guy with a good product. I've still got his card somewhere but I'm writing this away from my office so I cannot remember his name and the link provided is not opening for me.
Sorry to hear he has passed.
P.S. For those who might be asking the obvious question, yes he did buy a bottle of our sauce. I reciprocated by buying a bottle of his sauce before I left the store that day.