Originally posted by BuddyRoadhouse
I believe the thread you are looking for is in the "Recipes & Cooking Techniques" forum, currently about 9 lines down from the top. But as long as we're here...
Let me try to answer your questions without sounding too much like a commercial.
1. Three of our items, "Original", "Hot & Spicy", and Southwest", have the onion and pineapple chunks along with ground raisins. I like the way you get a little burst of flavor when you bite into one of the chunks, particularly in the "Southwest" version which also has chunks of jalapeno and mild green chiles.
2. Thank you for taking the time to read our labels. You are correct, there are no preservatives, additives, fillers or any other nastiness in our sauces. They are as clean as a bottled Barbecue Sauce can be. Nutritionally they contain zero fat and cholesterol, and they are extremely low in sodium and sugar content (there is some white sugar in there, but the fruit is the predominant sweetener). You might also note that while we do use a very small amount of corn syrup, it's role in the recipe is as a binder, not as a sweetening agent. Also, we use the old fashioned corn syrup, the kind you make pecan pie with, rather than the high fructose corn syrup.
Just an aside here; I wish I could take credit for being some kind of benevolent, health conscious, food warrior. The truth is, these high standards were at first largely accidental. Because we developed these recipes in my home kitchen, we didn't have access to all the junk that big food companies use. Once we'd established ourselves with the "Original" sauce as focusing on quality, we found that was the way to go and have based all our successive efforts on that same philosophy.
3. Ah, the sweetness issue. You are correct, our "Original" sauce is the sweetest and smokiest of our four products. It is our family style sauce; the one you would serve if you were feeding kids, or if you wanted to play it safe with a large group of folks with a wide range of tastes.
The "Southwest" version is less sweet and a little hotter with a very unique flavor; like Salsa and Barbecue Sauce together, my personal favorite of the bunch.
The "Hot & Spicy" does a pretty neat trick. It starts off sweet with almost no heat at all. Next you get a little tanginess from the lime juice. Finally, the heat sneaks in at the back of your tongue and balances off all the flavors. The "Hot & Spicy" sauce was selected by Family Circle (7/02 issue, "America's Top 10 Prepared Barbecue Sauces) and Reader's Digest (5/04 issue, America's 100 Best Products) as the best Barbecue Sauce in the country.
Finally, if you want almost no sweet at all, we just came out with "Southern Sunset", an homage to regional Southern Barbecue Sauce. We started with the North Carolina vinegar base sauce concept and then brought in other complimentary flavors from other parts of the South. Two kinds of vinegar and mustard from the two predominant NC 'Que styles, citrus and molasses from Florida, peach and onion flavors representing Georgia, garlic and three kinds of pepper holler out, "Louisiana"; we've even got ground apricots and just a smidge of tomato for color and depth. This one is a smooth sauce with a radically different flavor from the other three. Far more tangy, way less sweet, with a little bit of a kick at the end.
If you can't find "Southern Sunset" at Bigg's (it's fairly new, they may not carry it yet), I know for certain that Jungle Jim's has it. As I may have stated in an earlier post, check JJ's regular grocery section up front for our sauces.
Hope all that helps. Hope to meet you in April when we visit Cincy!