Week 3 of our Monday Sweet Baby Ray's spotlight features Hickory & Brown Sugar. This is one of the more overlooked SBR flavors, but it's still worth giving a shot.
FLAVOR - Dominating hickory, with the usual SBR tacky-sweetness and a salty, smoky finish
CONSISTENCY - Thick and sticky with a smooth pour
APPEARANCE - Dark brown, with visible black pepper flakes when spread thin
SMELL - Pure sweet hickory
AVAILABILITY - Readily available
INGREDIENTS - HFCS, distilled vinegar, tomato paste, modified food starch, brown sugar, salt, natural smoke flavor, pineapple juice concentrate, spices, caramel color, sodium benzoate, molasses, corn syrup, garlic, sugar, tamarind, natural flavor
I really like to use Hickory & Brown Sugar on ribs and chicken. I'll usually reduce it over low heat until it's a sticky, gooey consistency...this is where the brown sugar works its magic...and it's perfect for coating meat.
Note: Of all seven Sweet Baby Ray's flavors, Hickory & Brown Sugar is probably my least favorite. That said, I still use it, usually exclusively on grilled foods.