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BBQ (the noun not the verb)

Vance Of Norfolk Writes, “What Is Your Opinion On BBQ Sauces?”

On 13, Jan 2016 | One Comment | In BBQ (the noun not the verb), Questions | By Arengee

KCBS judging plate with bbq sauce

Hi Vance, and thanks for your question.

Richard Gearhart here.

Always good to talk BBQ with others. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have a different opinion from the “#maninthehat”.

Personally, I tend to agree with the good folks at Dizzy Pig who think there are some real good sauces available at local stores or online.

While I have made some darn good sauces, it seemed to me I was just replicating what already existed. So I leave the sauce making to others and I focus my time on the meat, rub, temperature and time.

I personally like Sweet Baby Ray’s and the new sauces available from the Big Green Egg. Generally though, I like to try sauces from all over and have a variety available for guests to try.

Hope this helps and remember low and slow always, except in racing.

~ Richard Gearhart

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  1. Hi Vance,
    Great question.

    I love to cook and try to make my own sauces. My buddy Richard gave me a great book for Christmas: “Barbecue Bible: Sauces Rubs and Marinades, Bastes, Butters & Glazes” by Steven Raichlen.

    I’m also a sucker for great packaging and design and I’ve probably tried 50 or more sauces found on grocery store shelves “just because I liked the label. Not always a good way to judge quality but hey, I always say I’ll try anything once.

    I also pick up regional sauces in my travels.

    My favorite store find is “Rufus Teague Made Some Sauce“. It’s a Kansas City style sauce, rich and hearty flavor. Plus it has a really cool design and story.

    About the only thing I don’t like about most products you can buy is they generally include liquid smoke. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the taste of liquid smoke. I like to get my smoke flavor the old fashioned way. Low and slow.


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