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BBQ Sauce Thu, 08/21/08 7:55 PM (permalink)
Ok guys I have some questions for you about BBQ sauce.

What makes a BBQ sauce good?

What makes a BBQ sauce bad?

What makes you want to purchase a certain BBQ sauce?
    Baah Ben

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    RE: BBQ Sauce Thu, 08/21/08 8:18 PM (permalink)
    Lots of ingredients...Hard to figure out what's in the sauce, but you know it's different and really good...Makes you want to dip what ever you are eating in the sauce....You comment to others "I really like this sauce"

    You can tell a lousy sauce..Loaded with artificial smoke, corn syrup, thickeners and most importantly, it tastes like a bottled sauce...Not homemade. You only use it because you feel obligated to use a sauce on whatever you are eating. Nobody says anything positive about the sauce.


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      RE: BBQ Sauce Fri, 08/22/08 10:29 AM (permalink)
      A bad sauce is too sweet, and usually gets that way from corn syrup; and too smoky, from artificial smoke.

      WAIT; that's exactly what Baah Ben said!

      A good bottled sauce is Dinosaur Brand.

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        RE: BBQ Sauce Fri, 08/22/08 10:34 AM (permalink)
        What is a good BBQ sauce will split you into the classic BBQ regions. The answers from someone in TN, TX, KS, NC will likely not agree much.

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          RE: BBQ Sauce Fri, 08/22/08 1:26 PM (permalink)
          I have tasted and reviewed about 70 different sauces in the past year or so and invariably what makes a good BBQ sauce (regardless of region) is one that does not mask the flavor of the meat or poultry that it is put on. If it enhances the flavor, I'm all for it. Sort of a simple definition, but it'll do.

          As for bad sauces, cloyingly sweet sauces are horrible. High fructose corn syrup is just nasty in a sauce. Sauces that taste like something else also deserve the 'bad' moniker. The worst I've tried tasted like Chef Boy R D (sp?). Seriously. Just like it. Also bad, sauces that are catch-alls. Manufacturers who call their wing sauce a 1) BBQ sauce, 2) A Grilling Sauce, 3) A marinade, 4) A dipping sauce and so on to try to get as many people to buy it as possible.

          If you are interested in trying something unique and excellent, try Grandvilles.


            RE: BBQ Sauce Fri, 08/22/08 1:36 PM (permalink)
            Not too sure the answers to your questions... But here's a tip. If you go to a BBQ restaurant and like their sauce, see if they sell it in bottles. And even if they don't, some will put some in an old bottle and sell it to you.

            You can't go wrong, if you've already enjoyed it.

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              RE: BBQ Sauce Sat, 08/23/08 12:11 AM (permalink)
              HFCS = BAD. Too sweet = bad. Smoky and a bit of heat = good.

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                RE: BBQ Sauce Thu, 08/28/08 1:28 PM (permalink)
                Whatever Kraft puts in it's BBQ sauces-BAD

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                  RE: BBQ Sauce Thu, 08/28/08 1:50 PM (permalink)
                  I prefer to make my own sauce. This way I can keep the chemicals out as well as the artificial smoke flavor which I can't stand. There are many recipes out there to try & its just a matter of finding what you like (i.e. mustard base, vinegar base, tomato base or ketchup base).
                  I prefer a tomato base with rendered bacon fat & slightly on the sweet side. But thats the great thing about BBQ sauce...its so regional and because of that one really can't say that one sauce is better than another. One thing I can say is that homemade sauce beats factory sauce any day of the week.

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                    RE: BBQ Sauce Thu, 08/28/08 2:15 PM (permalink)
                    Sweet Baby Rays the best i've found, have not tryed the new Hickory flavor.


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                      • Location: Austin, TX
                      RE: BBQ Sauce Thu, 08/28/08 2:27 PM (permalink)
                      I normally don't like sauce because it tends to obscure the taste of some really good meat. But for a commercial sauce the stuff that Famous Dave calls Texas Pit Sauce isn't too bad. Bono's has some good sauces to. The stuff that Rudy's sells just plain sux.

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                        RE: BBQ Sauce Thu, 08/28/08 2:43 PM (permalink)
                        Sweet Baby Ray's here too, both the original and the spicy. We like Stubb's too, it's a bit sweeter though.

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                          RE: BBQ Sauce Sat, 08/30/08 9:10 AM (permalink)
                          Originally posted by WarToad

                          What is a good BBQ sauce will split you into the classic BBQ regions. The answers from someone in TN, TX, KS, NC will likely not agree much.
                          What he said - it's a lot of what you are accustomed to. In Texas, brisket is usually served without any sauce used on it, either during cooking or serving. Many times there is the thin table sauce served on the side or as an option. We just want to be sure our BBQ tastes like meat, not just like sauce.

                          Variety is king though, if we all cooked and served the same way, most of us would be extraneous!
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