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Ultra Hot Mad Dog Ghost Pepper BBQ Sauce Review

As someone who religiously tops pizza with hot sauce and in turn dips the crust in barbeque sauce, Mad Dog’s Ghost BBQ Sauce and its promise to serve up an “intense BBQ experience” immediately intrigued me.  I’ve had a few run-ins with Mad Dog’s Original BBQ Sauce in my day, but I’ve also found myself toeing the line with the ghost pepper (or Bhut Jolokia) as of late, a pepper that has a history of providing a hefty dose of spice and has caused my eyes to tear up on more than one occasion.   Feelings about the ghost pep aside, Mad Dog has had my number for years, and it didn’t take a huge leap of faith for me to pour a generous amount of this new sauce on to my plate.  And “pour” is the optimal word here – after a good shake, the sauce flowed out from the bottle’s wide mouth with ease and pooled into a puddle next to my pizza.  There was nothing watery in the least about this sauce.  Continue Reading

Bethany Blues Papaya Grillin’ Sauce Review

I know a girl named Bethany and she rarely has the blues, so I knew this sauce wasn’t hers. Actually, it comes from Bethany Beach in Delaware. As far as beaches go, you don’t hear about Bethany Beach all that much, but you should hear about this grilling sauce because it’s quite nice. Flexible, too, since while it’s called a grilling sauce, on the side of the label it’s referred to as a “dipping sauce and marinade for grilled or smoked pork, beef, seafood, chicken or wild game.”

That sounds nearer to the target because Bethany Blues Papaya Grillin’ Sauce has very little in the way of viscosity going for it. In other words, it won’t coat a piece of meat on a grill the way a traditional barbecue sauce would. Continue Reading

Key Lime BBQ Sauce Review

When I think of key limes, I think of key lime pie. I didn’t expect this deep reddish-brown sauce to taste like key lime pie. But the other thing I generally use lime juice for are margaritas. And lo and behold, there really is tequila in Key West Key Lime BBQ Sauce! Which is not to say it tastes like a margarita because it doesn’t. But that’s OK, because I don’t want a barbecue sauce that tastes like a margarita. I want a  barbecue sauce with a rich, robust flavor and that’s exactly what this sauce delivers.

The ingredients are fairly standard for the most part: tomatoes, brown sugar, sugar, corn syrup, soy sauce, tequila, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, New Mexico chiles (would love to know exactly what those are), garlic, onion, salt, spices, and natural mesquite flavor. Continue Reading

Barbecue Sauces with No Corn Syrup

People often request us for BBQ Sauces with no corn syrup added. Here is a list of sauces with no high fructose corn syrup that we recommend.

Mad Dog BBQ Sauce
Mad Dog Ultra Hot BBQ Sauce
Mad Dog Chipotle BBQ Sauce
Mad Dog Ghost Ultra Hot BBQ Sauce
Bone Suckin’ BBQ Sauce
Bone Suckin’ Hot BBQ Sauce
Bootlegger’s BBQ and Tonic
Fork ‘N … Continue Reading

Review of Bear Claw Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Hello Fellow Spice Addicts!
Life is good on the west coast! For just a moment, the sun was shinning and the temperature was inching up-FINALLY! Spring was on the horizon. But alas, winter reared its ugly head and the cold, damp rain is back with a vengeance.  So I was passing through a cold, damp Sunday afternoon, when something outside my window caught my eye.  Our family cat had decided to convey to me in not too many words, that if I was not going to put the grill into action then she was. For those that are animal lovers out … Continue Reading

Mad Anthony’s Barbeque Sauce Review

Rock ‘n Roll my Barbeque…if you dare!

Hey to all you chili heads out there and Barbeque addicts. As I continue my quest in hunting, acquiring, and best of all, consuming some of the finest, tastiest, and hottest sauces out there, I must take just a moment to tell you about,

Mad Anthony’s Barbeque Sauce. Continue Reading

Charlie’s Hard Times Honey Mustard Barbeque Sauce Review

Charlie’s Hard Times Honey Mustard Barbeque Sauce – Every now and then a barbecue sauce comes along that makes the others pale in comparison. A sauce so well crafted that it deserves to be put on a pedestal and admired from afar, then admired right on up close. Charlie’s Hard Times Honey Mustard Barbeque sauce is just such a sauce.

Mustard, mustard seed, vinegar, red wine vinegar, molasses, brown sugar, tomato sauce, honey, apple juice, worcestershire sauce, garlic, onion, and spices make up the flavor personality of this beautiful sauce. If you don’t like mustard, you probably won’t like this sauce. Mustard is the star of the show. I love it. A good mustard-based barbecue sauce can bring any steak, roast, ribs, chicken, and even seafood to life. This one is totally off the map. It explores territory never before charted, bringing with it new discoveries in the world of barbecue. Continue Reading

Coffee and Smoky Chili BBQ Sauce Recipe


  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo, chopped
  • 1 cup strong coffee, brewed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Simmer until thick, about 20 minutes.
  2. Refrigerate the sauce in an airtight container for up to one week.

Fork’N Halo BBQ Sauce – Original Sin Review

Hello Chili Heads!

“Atomic Eh?” is here to talk to you about another sauce. It’s not a hot sauce, but a barbeque sauce.

Fork’N Halo BBQ Sauce
Original Sin

The sun is shinning today and I am getting ready to put a pork tenderloin on the grill, so I am ready, armed with this interesting sauce that I got from Insane Chicken. I am becoming a big fan of barbeque sauces that pack heat in them.  The label says it has a “Devilish touch of heat. “ I hope that means it’s “Atomic!” I … Continue Reading

Quaker Steak Buckeye BBQ Review

Hey fellow Chili Heads!
This is “Atomic Eh?” wondering what is spicy in your life? Life is good, but even better when I have a new bottle of the “Hot Stuff” to talk about! Insane Chicken.com hooked me up with a great barbeque sauce. I went to the store and picked up some chicken and a nice prime rib steak. I love being able to go to a store, speak to the butcher and ask for exactly what I want. A lot of people don’t know that you can do that. Some stores will even marinate free of charge…all … Continue Reading

Outta the Park Babeque Sauce Review

Insane Chicken.com has a barbeque sauce that’s “Outta the Park”

Well this is “Atomic Eh?” coming at you with a new product from Insane Chicken.com. This is the season for barbeque! (I know this because it’s ALWAYS THE SEASON TO BARBEQUE!) I brought some New York steaks to try out the “Outta the Park BBQ Sauce”.

They say that “It’s real, It’s good, It’s gone!” Continue Reading

Peach-A-Licious Barbecue Sauce Review

Peach-A-Licious Barbecue Sauce – Tomatoes, peach jelly, lemon juice, apple cider, vinegar, corn syrup, molasses, yellow mustard, brown sugar, liquid smoke, cayenne peppers, black pepper, cinnamon, garlic, and onion make up the delightful, fragrant, fascinating flavor of this beautiful barbecue sauce. Peachy keen goodness all the way through. The flavor of this sauce, with the ripe peach goodness, brings out the best in any meat you throw on the grill. I started with pork steaks, rib eye, and New York Strip. I sizzled those babies to perfection and painted on this sauce, served them up  with buttery corn on the cob and baked beans, and had a barbecue feats with my friends that made me the talk of the night.

The cayenne added to the peach juice perfection of Peach-A-Licious Barbecue Sauce makes it one of the most perfectly balanced sauces I’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Continue Reading

Gringo Jack’s Vermont Maple BBQ Sauce Review

Gringo Jack’s Vermont Maple BBQ Sauce – If this one doesn’t sound like a winner to you, you aren’t paying attention. Right up front, I want to say that this is excellent on anything pork. I also cooked some bacon-wrapped filet mignon and coated it with this sauce at the last minute on the grill — just enough to sizzle the sauce on. The maple flavoring here does everything in the world to bring out a mouth-watering, savory goodness that you won’t be able to get enough of.

The ingredients here include vinegar, lime juice, chilies, garlic, sugar, onions, tomato paste, and you guessed it, maple syrup. Continue Reading

Texas Longhorn Smoked Chipotle Barbecue Sauce Review

Texas Longhorn Smoked Chipotle Barbecue Sauce – Hands down, this is one of the finest barbecue sauces you can slap on your meat. Excellent label, with a set of longhorns and a chili pepper, but labels alone won’t do it. I’m serious about my barbecue, and this is one of those sauces that gives you something to be serious about.

Tomato paste, sugar, honey, vinegar, a beautiful chipotle puree that gives this sauce its personality, onions, salt, smoke flavoring, worcestershire sauce, molasses, corn syrup, tamarind, anchovies, green pepper, olive oil, and assorted spices. Continue Reading

Bone Suckin’ BBQ Sauce Review

Bone Suckin’ Sauce – Try Bone-Suckin’ Sauce on chicken wings and you’ll know immediately why they gave this sauce that name. It’s so good, you can’t get enough. Bone Suckin’ Sauce comes in a 16 oz jar, every bit of which you will want to dump on your wings and none of which you’ll want to leave behind. The label is plain white with black and red text. No fancy logos, no gimmicks, just plain good taste.

Tomato paste, apple cider, vinegar, honey, molasses, mustard, horseradish, lemon juice, onions, garlic, peppers, hickory smoke flavor, and a little salt make up the ingredients here. Continue Reading

Outta the Park BBQ Sauce Review

Outta the Park BBQ Sauce – Everything in this sauce that can be all natural is all natural. Sugar, brown mustard, ketchup, sea salt, hot pepper sauce, molasses, vinegar, ginger, butter, paprika, apple cider — all of it is all natural. And check out the addition of the butter, which contains some cream. It accounts for the over-the-top silky- smooth richness of this sauce, and it certainly qualifies as one of the most unique ingredients I’ve ever seen in a BBQ sauce.

I took Outta the Park BBQ Sauce straight to the grill and tried it on pork steaks, chicken, T-bones, and even catfish. Straight from the bottle, I knew this was going to be one of those barbecue sauces that occupied a place of honor on my sauce shelf. My wife tasted it and went as ballistic for it as I did. Continue Reading

Fat Bastard Hawgwash BBQ Sauce Review

Fat Bastard Hawgwash BBQ Sauce – I expected a lot from this sauce before I opened the bottle. I’ve tried Fat Bastard Bear Bite Forest Fruit Hot Wild Berry and it was one of the most flavorful sauces I’ve ever used on barbecue. That led me to believe that Fat Bastard Hawgwash BBQ Sauce had to be just as good. I opened the bottle and poured a heaping spoonful to try. I wasn’t disappointed.

First of all, the creative packaging rocks. A piece of rope holds a piece of real soap around the neck of the bottle, going along with the Hawgwash theme. The soap smells good and is great for washing your hands while you’re preparing your barbecue feast. Continue Reading

Bear Claw Chipotle BBQ Sauce Review

Bear Claw Chipotle Barbecue Sauce – This sauce has a deep, reddish-brown color and an exceptional pour quality. It lays perfectly over any meat you use it on and cooks to a nice and thick consistency, allowing its flavor to stay with the meat and compliment every bite.

Any sauce made with chipotle stands a chance of being good. The smoked peppers give it a taste that suits barbecue well. In addition to the chipotle peppers in Bear Claw, there’s a tomato sauce base with sugar, worcestershire sauce, salt, crushed pineapple, pineapple juice, and some bell peppers. None of these ingredients, including the pineapples, take away from the wonderful smoky taste of the chipotles, which remain the key flavor personality throughout. Continue Reading

Dave’s Gourmet Badlands Barbeque Sauce Review

Dave’s Gourmet Badlands Barbeque Sauce – Usually, when I’m about to taste a product by Dave’s Gourmet, I take some preparations. I have 911 on speed dial, I keep a large glass of iced tea handy, and I make sure no one is around to hear me scream and see me cry. So I was surprised to find that after tasting Dave’s Gourmet Badlands Barbeque Sauce, no trips to ER would be necessary.

To be fair, the label indicates in two places that Badlands Barbeque is not as much about heat as it is about flavor. And there it definitely has plenty. Continue Reading

Demon Pig Blaze Orange BBQ Sauce Review

Demon Pig Blaze Orange BBQ Sauce – The blue pig with the devil horns and tail on the label of Demon Pig Blaze Orange BBQ Sauce is one ugly specimen of swine. But all is forgiven, because the sauce inside the bottle is so good I feel like I could roll around in it like an oinker in a mud puddle. On second thought, that might be such a good idea since this sauce has some serious spice to it and that might irritate my gentle bits.

Of course, I’m a fan of the regular Demon Pig BBQ Sauce anyway, so when I saw “Blaze Orange” I was thinking “just as good, only better!” And I was right. Continue Reading

Melinda’s Coffee BBQ Sauce Review

Melinda’s Coffee BBQ Sauce – There’s an extremely complex set of tastes going on with Melinda’s Coffee BBQ Sauce. Being a coffee lover, I believe that coffee is a fine taste enhancer for just about anything, and barbecue sauce would have been high on my list of things to use it in. I wouldn’t have been wrong. Coffee is the perfect additive to a barbecue sauce, as Melinda’s Coffee BBQ Sauce very quickly establishes.

Melinda’s Coffee BBQ Sauce was inspired by the winning recipe in 2002 contest. It’s no wonder it was a winner. The complex tastes here are due to a wide range of ingredients that work well to enhance whatever meat you decide to barbecue with. Continue Reading

Fork ‘n Halo Heavenly Hickory BBQ Sauce Revew

Fork ‘n Halo Heavenly Hickory BBQ Sauce – There’s a fat pink pig in a red devil’s suit on the label of Fork ‘n Halo Heavenly Hickory BBQ Sauce, but something is dancing on my tongue and I don’t think the satanic swine is it. For clues, I look to the back of the label and the ingredient list: tomatoes, evaporated cane juice, molasses, red wine vinegar, honey, apple juice concentrate, salt, smoke flavoring, mustard powder, smoked Spanish paprika, onion, garlic, chipotle pepper, black pepper, and xanthan gum.

At the outset, I’m ruling out the xanthan gum. Continue Reading

Mad Dog Original BBQ Sauce Review

Mad Dog BBQ Sauce – In the world of commercial barbecue sauce, there are the dozen or so major brands that take up all the space on the supermarket shelves, then there are the hundreds, perhaps thousands of small independent manufacturers whose sauces are sold in specialty stores or perhaps only online. Mad Dog bridges these two worlds. It’s probably one of the largest if not the largest of the smaller brands and is well known and highly regarded by much of the public.

How does a smaller brand get to play with the big boys? It helps to be super delicious and have award-winning quality. Mad Dog’s recipe is pretty simple – Continue Reading

Ole Ray’s Blackberry Wine Barbecue and Cooking Sauce Review

Ole Ray’s Blackberry Wine Barbecue and Cooking Sauce – Lord, give me mercy. That’s what I said when I opened this bottle and put a spoonful of this in my mouth. This is fine dining, gourmet, Heaven-on Earth eating. The chicks will moan, the guys will say, “Oh yeah.” I’m not exaggerating. You’ll find reasons to cook with this stuff.

Is it a great barbecue sauce? Yep. But it’s so much more than that. Ole Ray has managed to whip up a batch of Nirvana in a bottle. It starts with blackberry jelly (that’s what I said),  corn syrup, sugar, and fruit pectin. There’s also some tomato puree. Continue Reading

Roadhouse Southern Sunset Bar-B-Que Sauce Review

Roadhouse Southern Sunset Bar-B-Que Sauce – This is an absolutely classic bar-b-cue sauce with some additional things going on that give it character beyond the classics. Vinegar, cider vinegar, sugar, tomato puree, molasses, peach juice, onion, apricots, garlic, paprika, lemon juice, salt, cayenne pepper, crushed red peppers, and some extra spices make up the delicate balance of this sauce.

The sauce has a consistency a little shy of thick, which makes it perfect not only as a barbecue sauce, but as a dip or marinade as well. There are pieces of ingredient throughout, which helps provide a cling factor during the cooking process. Continue Reading

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