Barbecue sauce is the Sauce of the Gods. Seriously, they roll around in it all day long (it’s not like there’s much of anything better to do, being a god, and all). Were I a god, or a large pile of chicken or pork for that matter, I would also like to roll around in it all day long. At of late, I’ve had a fair amount of turkey on my hands, the sort of turkey that gets miffed without a proper introduction to the local sauces. How convenient it is, then, that I got all sorts of barbecue sauce for Christmas and have recently gotten around to opening them all!
See, it went like this: it entered my vague consciousness a little while back that high fructose corn syrup is a Bad Thing, and that it’s constantly sneaking into my stomach by all sorts of avenues one wouldn’t expect. At some point or another, I checked my BBQ sauce bottle, only to discover (the horror, the horror!) that HFCS was near, if not at, the top of the ingredient list. So I went on an adventure to Kroger to seek out better sauces. And on those shelves, I could not find a single bottle of BBQ sauce that didn’t have corn syrup in it, even amongst all of the fancier sauces. So I returned home, defeated. I ended up asking for BBQ sauce for Christmas, as a.) I prefer gifts that go away once I’m done with them and b.) I could recruit Drew in the elusive search for non-HFCS BBQ sauce.
Christmas came and went. I found myself in possession of three more sauces, more then I’d anticipated in my wildest sauce-related dreams of possessing. Drew got me Annie’s Naturals Organic BBQ, a smokey maple flavor. From my parents, a beefy bottle of Pierce’s BBQ (Go eat at Pierce’s in Williamsburg RIGHT NOW if you haven’t yet). And finally (and completely at random, in fact), a homemade jar of BBQ from Drew’s uncle that shall hereafter be referred to as Uncle Jeff’s BBQ.
Up until this point, I’d been making due with the Kroger brand Hickory Smoke flavored sauce. Chock full of corn syrup and fake flavorings, it was more then time to move on. I was very excited to try the Annie’s sauce. It had a great consistency and was full of flavor, mixing well with chopped turkey especially. It might have a little too much flavor for me, though. The maple is a bit overwhelming, I might need to try it with some stronger meats to see if it complements them better then the turkey.
Then, we have the Pierce’s. Honestly, it’s been at least a year since I’ve eaten at Pierce’s BBQ restaurant, so I can’t say if the bottle flavor truly matches the restaurant flavor. It’s really good, though, a bit runnier then the Annie’s sauce, but that helps in keeping it from being too overwhelming. One disappointing thing: there is indeed HFCS in it. D’oh! Still, with something this tasty, I might need to accept that eating small amounts of something bad isn’t exactly gonna kill me anytime soon.
Finally, we have Uncle Jeff’s BBQ sauce. This stuff is like magic on chopped turkey. I really like sweet BBQ sauce, and it definitely fits the bill. I’m also a sucker for homemade things in jars, which definitely gives it bonus points. Jeff’s BBQ sauce also made me realise that I’m going about this BBQ thing all wrong. See, I thought “Hey, if other people can make BBQ sauce, technically I can, too!”. Then I go to allrecipes.com, do a search for “bbq sauce”, and get 178 results, none of which seemed to have particularly complicated sets of ingredients. And by “none of which”, I mean “none of the 4-5 higher-rated recipes I briefly glanced at, from which I extrapolate that the rest are of similar complexity”. So there it is. I can’t wait to make some barbecue sauce! That is, once I finish all of these other bottles sitting around in the fridge.