13 June 2010

BBQ Sauce: Trader Joe's Bold & Smoky Kansas City Style

 Trader Joe's makes two different BBQ sauces.  This is the only one you need to buy.

FLAVOR - Very salty, with not-so-subtle hints of garlic and onion, rounded out by a strong molasses afterthought
CONSISTENCY - Medium thick (a bit watery around the edges), texture is grainy but not unpleasant
APPEARANCE - Dark brown/earth, graininess is visible
SMELL - Smoky, almost like hickory smoking chips, with a mild sweet undertone
AVAILABILITY - Available exclusively at Trader Joe's 

INGREDIENTS - Tomato puree (water, tomato paste), sugar, molasses, distilled vinegar, salt, spices, onion powder, natural hickory smoke flavor, garlic powder, caramel color, natural flavor

If you don't have a Trader Joe's in your area, you're probably shit out of luck for finding this sauce.  You might even be wondering, "Who the hell is Trader Joe?"

This sauce has steadily grown on me the past few months to be included in TCB.  It's very reminiscent of the discontinued Billy Bee Honey BBQ Sauce*.  I tend to enjoy it more on fried foods (perfect on fries and chicken tenders) as well as steamed vegetables.  PS...maybe I licked the plate after I took that picture, and maybe I did.

*to be later reviewed...

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