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BBQ sauce test - which BBQ sauce is the best?

11 BBQ sauces tested

BBQ sauces are simply part of grilling, but the wide range of options in the supermarket can easily overwhelm you. BBQ sauces are cheap to quite expensive, from sweet to smoky, from mild to spicy, and they are also available with whiskey or wood flavors. But which BBQ sauce tastes best with grilled steaks, sausages or grilled vegetables. We therefore carried out a large BBQ sauce test and subjected 11 BBQ sauces to a detailed test.

The 11 tested BBQ sauces form a colorful mixture from the supermarket, but also those that were a little more special and were bought on the Internet. German as well as originals from the USA are on the test field. The purchase price is between € 2.75 and € 11.99.

Interesting facts about the BBQ sauce

The first industrially produced BBQ sauce comes from the "Heinz" company and came onto the US market in 1948. BBQ sauces consist of the same basic ingredients as ketchup, i.e. are based on tomatoes. In addition, however, other flavors and ingredients are added, such as whiskey, smoke flavors, acidulants or honey. A real BBQ sauce is characterized by a thick consistency and a rather spicy aroma that is reminiscent of smoke or bacon. In addition, certain sweet and sour flavors are also part of a BBQ sauce. Furthermore, BBQ sauce can be served cold or warm with grilled food or serves as an excellent glaze, e.g. for chicken wings or spare ribs.

Our BBQ sauce test results:

Missisippi Original BBQ Sauce


The original Mississippi BBQ sauce definitely deserved one of the first places in our BBQ sauce test. The sauce has delicious spicy and fruity aromas, which harmonize perfectly with the soft smoked aromas. The consistency is creamy and dark brown in color. A pleasant spiciness combined with a slight sweetness can convince us. A very, very good BBQ sauce from the southern United States. Here you probably know what belongs in a real BBQ sauce.

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Original Bavarian BBQUE


A grill sauce from Germany or Bavaria, so even more German than German. Plum jam, caramel and black beer were used in the production. How does it taste like?
We have to admit, this BBQ sauce has something on the box. The consistency is creamy and dark brown. The taste is first of all a very fruity note, which certainly comes from the plum jam. If you think in the direction of Bavaria, the sauce reminds you a little bit of red cabbage with its sweet and sour flavors. The smokiness is also pleasantly balanced and harmoniously joins the other aromas. Your own interpretation of a BBQ sauce, delicious!

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Stubb's Original Bar-B-Q Sauce


With Stubb's we have a typical BBQ sauce from the USA again. Strictly from Texas and that sounds very promising. Stubb's sauces and marinades have been real export hits to Germany for years. In terms of taste, the Stubb's Original BBQ Sauce exactly meets our taste. Nice red-brown consistency. Delicious, spicy smoke aroma. It tastes peppery, spicy, of fruity tomatoes and a fine acidity. This BBQ sauce can often be used to refine our steaks.

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Hunt’s BBQ Sauce - Hickory


With the Hunts ‘BBQ Sauce, the next sauce comes from the USA. On the label the note about the taste of hickory. We test with sausages and steaks. The sauce is very spicy. Smoke aromas and spices dominate. A slight sharpness and acidity argue about who stands out more. On the whole quite turbulent flavors, this sauce should therefore be served with very aromatic steaks such as dry aged steaks or pieces of meat from the smoker.

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Legends® Premium BBQ

 

The Legends Premium BBQ Sauce "Chipotle" shows harmonious smoke and fruit aromas. Tomato notes form the basis. In addition, there are slightly hot spices and a fine acidity that is reminiscent of steamed onions. A solid BBQ sauce that goes well with many grilled delicacies.

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Bone Suckin Sauce - Thicker Style


Bone Suckin ‘Sauce, let's see what you can expect from this sauce. The recipe for this sauce is said to come from western North Carolina. In terms of taste, it is already very much in the direction of ketchup with very intense tomato aromas. A light smoky note is added late and the spiciness also increases. The fruity, sweet tomato notes dominate, however, and the spicy aromas of the sauce do not really let through. For a ketchup it would get top marks here. For a BBQ sauce, however, the taste doesn't quite fit.

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Ashleyfood - Mad Dog


A cute Labrador looks at us from the label on the bottle. But you shouldn't be confused by this sight. The sauce is really tough. On the back label there is a reference to the degree of spiciness: 4 and the 5,000 Scoville Units, which roughly corresponds to the sharpness of Tabasco. In terms of taste, however, the sauce has a much stronger effect, which is certainly due to the additional spices and smoke aromas. In addition, there is a pleasant acidity and the taste of bacon. Those who like it spicy will love this sauce.

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American Stockyard BBQ Sauce - Southern Blues


The Stockyard BBQ Sauce - Southern Blues is in a beautiful bulbous bottle. In contrast to the other sauces, the consistency of the sauce is somewhat runny, but has a nice red-brown color. In terms of taste, we are impressed by the robust, sweet aromas which, according to the list of ingredients, come from ground cranberries. The notes of cumin are also strongly emphasized. This gives the sauce a slightly Asian touch. This BBQ sauce also has a pleasant spiciness and tastes super spicy, pleasantly smoky and delicious.

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Painmaker Whiskey BBQ Sauce

The "pain maker", another sauce from Germany. The Painmaker sauces are known for their extreme spiciness. The “Painmaker Whiskey Sauce” tested here is spicy, but doesn't burn our taste buds. In terms of taste, we are enthusiastic about the smoky, slightly dripping aromas, which harmonize perfectly with a tomato-like fruitiness. The whiskey comes into its own thanks to the dry and pithy peat taste. Only later does the spiciness set in, so that the aromas can first spread on the palate before the spicy sharpness wipes them out.

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Original HP sauce

And here is a BBQ sauce from Great Britain. The consistency is thick and light brown in color. The specialty of this BBQ sauce is the use of tamarind tree bark, which makes the sauce taste quite sour. Reminds us of chips with vinegar. A dominant smoke note then holds back the acidity and clears the stage for spicy aromas. The sauce is good for us personally but too British.

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Bull’s Eye BBQ

The Bull's-Eye Original BBQ Sauce by Kraft comes in a cool bottle with a bull's head. The BBQ sauce has a surprisingly smoky character. It tastes very spicy and only slightly fruity with tomatoes. For lovers of strong, smoky sauces, the Bull's-Eye is the right choice. For us, the BBQ sauce was almost a little too artificially smoky.

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