There are WAY too many different kinds of bbq sauces! I decided to go
for Honey BBQ sauce, and picked up a bottle of each of the following
brands: KC Masterpiece, Jack Daniels, Family Daves, Kroger, Great Value,
Sweet Baby Ray's, and Kraft. The reason there are two Famous Dave's
sauces is this: I didn't know which one would be comparable to the honey
flavor. In the end, neither of them were, even though they were both
I thought all barbeque sauces were made equal, but
this is not the case! Each brand had it's own special taste. Here is the
list of the prices, and of the unique flavors.
- K C Masterpiece $1.76, had a vinegar-y, ketchup-y taste
- Jack Daniels $2.14, Also had a vinegar-y taste, but tasted more like a steak sauce
- Famous Daves $2.14 Had a great kick! But, neither one tasted like the Honey.
- Kroger: $1.00 Tasted pretty good- an average bbq sauce
- Great Value $1.18 Another average bbq sauce, but Kroger tasted better.
- Sweet Baby Rays $0.77 (on sale- great deal!) Had a hint of molasses that gave it a rich flavor.
- Kraft: $1.26 This one had very little flavor. Not very good, at all.
thought the best tasting sauce was Sweet Baby Ray's, hands down. Price
wise, it was also the winner. But, each one had a different flavor, so
depending on which one is your favorite, it might not be the winner for
your family! But, I do think it is ok to say that universally, Kraft was
the loser. Even though other sauces are a little more expensive, the
taste just wasn't nearly as good as the others!
One thing NOT
considered in the taste test was the effect of cooking on the taste. In
general, I think that bbq sauce tastes better cooked, and that may have
made a huge difference in the flavors.
One nice thing about bbq
sauce is it goes on a good sale, particularly in the summer, so it's an
ideal time to stock up on your favorite kind. In this test, I had gotten
the Sweet Baby Ray's on a really good sale, but wasn't able to wait for
the other brands to go on sale, otherwise I could have gotten them for
a better price.
And, of course, you can always try making homemade! Here is a recipe that my mom has made. They like it, but I think it is milder than most BBQ sauces.
BARBARA’S BARBEQUE SAUCE
¾ Cup ketchup
½ Cup chopped onion
1 clove or more garlic
2 Tablespoons vinegar
1 Tablespoon Worstershire Sauce
½ Cup + a bit Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon mustard
½ teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon A-1 or Heinz 57 sauce
1 Cup water or more
Mix ingredients. I usually brown some meat, and then slow cook it in the frying pan with this sauce for a couple of hours. Serve over rice.
I'm sure you could find some excellent recipes online. Yay for great recipe blogs!