Originally Posted by SmokinSlowPoke
Texas, meat is a completely different story. I would be headed back to Sam's for a refund or an exchange.
I agree. Sam's advertises a 200% satisfaction for their meats so you should get a double refund. You'll have enough to rebuy the pork for the church and return their money. (I'd open the case before I left the premises, but I'm sure that goes without saying.)
I buy meat regularly at Sam's and watch for meat that gets marked down several days before
the eat/freeze by date. Of course now I wonder if that was already factored into your price. I'm not familiar with their case pricing. However if that's the situation, they should have made it clear that you were buying old meat.
That long past the sell by date? I wouldn't touch it if cooking for others.
Back to the OP's question... I recall reading somewhere that for some things that are good more or less indefinitely, the manufacturers go with a one year sell by date just because. That seems likely in the case of BBQ sauce.