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Old 06-18-2006, 05:57 PM   #1
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Default Best Commercial BBQ Sauces.

OK - According to Cook's Illustrated - home of America's Test Kitchens, here are their best BBQ sauces. You can read about it here.

Top Picks
  • Texas Best Barbecue Sauce, Original Rib Style
  • BullsEye Original BBQ Sauce
Runners Up
  • Hunt's BBQ Original Recipe Barbecue Sauce
  • Sweet Baby Rays Original Barbecue Sauce
  • KC Masterpiece Original Barbecue Sauce
  • Stubb's Original Bar-B-Q Sauce
  • Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce
  • Open Pit Original Barbecue Sauce
I wonder what the Brethren think.
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Old 06-18-2006, 06:10 PM   #2
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I actually read the entire article.

To me- anytime I see "best" in the title of an article like this, I give it little credibility. "Best BBQ Joint", "Best Ribs in the Nation", "Best Restaurant in ...", "Best whatever".
All subjective and written by folks who get paid by the word or article.

With that said- all of these are nationally marketed sauces and I have used most of them. Basically fine stuff.
But, I have used "obscure" local or regional sauces from the "trades" that are unique and easily rank higher in my opinion.
All a matter of opinion and not "quantifiable" as "best".
That is simply BS.

I just finished a bottle of "4 Men and a Pig" spicey sauce from someone.
I nominate it as "best"------at least till I sample the next one

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Old 06-18-2006, 06:27 PM   #3
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Wonder if those folks have ever tasted Rudy's or Blues Hog or Big Rick's?
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Old 06-18-2006, 06:51 PM   #4
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There are so many to choose from. It's alot like beer. Many styles, many regions, many twists.
I don't think there is a right or wrong choice. I have tasted some that I think are crap, but others think the world of. It's all a matter of choice. And that can change on a day to day basis.
But if you notice everyone of these is high in the sweetness factor. Lots of high fructose corn syrup. Must be what the people like, or or taught to think they like. I have tried every one of them. None of them are "BAD"
Jack Daniel's #7 is good too, should be in there. But when you start talking "Micro brew" sauces, there is no end. It goes on forever.......
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Old 06-18-2006, 07:33 PM   #5
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Bbqjoe, you are most definitely right about the sweetness. Who ever decided which would go in the "best" list was working from a template that emphasized sugar.

Joe, you are right about it being subjective, too. I personally do not like the very sweet sauces, but I almost always serve sauces sweeter than my taste, because almost everyone I feed will perfer the sweeter.

Kapn, I am 100 per cent with you about "the best" of this or that. I give the article little credibility also.

You, however are "the best"
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Old 06-18-2006, 08:03 PM   #6
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Hunt's BBQ Original Recipe Barbecue Sauce
I actually use this sauce exclusively in my baked beans, but never on meat.

KC Masterpiece Original Barbecue Sauce
Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce
Open Pit Original Barbecue Sauce
Whole lotta crap right there!

Blues Hog
More crap, would make good jelly for a biscuit if they hadn't poisoned it with cumin. Has no place on meat.

Sauces I do like...

Fiorella's Jack Stack KC Spicy
Famous Dave's Sweet and Zesty
Midnight's Spicy Brisket Sauce

KC Masterpiece KC Spicy if I'm in a pinch.
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Old 06-18-2006, 08:22 PM   #7
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4 Men and a Pig is good and used a lot.
My favs...
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Blues Hog Original
Blues Hog Texas Red (just had some on some pulled pork tonight)
Sticky Pig (yea Bellys, it's OK)
Smokin' Hermits
Spicewine Blue Collar

All the above are local sauces, we must be in sauce heaven!!!
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Old 06-18-2006, 09:37 PM   #8
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Default Strong vote for Jay's (SpiceWine) ... Smokin' Cracker

.... BBQ Sauce. After the first cook, we tossed all the 'storebought' stuff and will just enjoy it until we use up what we have. His Blue Collar and Sweet Heat are next on our list before going in another direction.

How about that for being closed-minded ??
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Old 06-18-2006, 09:45 PM   #9
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Spicewine Sweet Heat, can't believe I forgot that one.
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Old 06-18-2006, 10:23 PM   #10
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For the thick, sweet, smoky, tomato sauces, I guess they get a D+ if I were grading them. They picked the standard fare and they are good, and I even eat a few of them even today from time to time. There is too much missing from that list though. Gates is #1 in my book, but there are a lot of smaller name brands, particular from competitors that I like. With them though, it is like micro-brewed beer. It's fun to try a bunch of them, but I always fall back on my good old stuff, which is Gates (preferably the Hot).
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Old 06-19-2006, 05:47 AM   #11
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I stopped buying sauces soon after I opened my first store purchase's about four years ago.

I make all my own sauces and rubs.
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Old 06-19-2006, 07:57 AM   #12
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The reason Kraft & KC Masterpiece do so well is people buy what they know. Anytime I see someone shopping for BBQ sauce in the store, I recommend Head Country if it's on the shelf. They'll look at it and usually say "but we've always used Kraft." And they buy the Kraft 85% of the time.
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Old 06-19-2006, 08:21 AM   #13
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Open Pit does not belong on that list.

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Old 06-19-2006, 08:36 AM   #14
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Open Pit does not belong on that list.

With Open Pit and Kraft on the list, how could they have left out plain ol' ketchup?
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Old 06-19-2006, 08:45 AM   #15
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I have a well known aversion to sauce, but....I ate at a place in DFW not long ago that I'm sure was using some doctored Cattleman's as the house sauce. It was good! I know they added some coffee but couldn't pin down the other stuff they'd added.
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