03 December 2008
BBQ SAUCE OF THE WEEK: Dreamland Bar-B-Que Sauce
I've never been to Dreamland, but I've probably heard more about it than any other barbecue restaurant in the South. Someday soon, I'm going to go, and when I do, it will be to the original in Tuscaloosa. Until then, I'll have to be content to enjoy their barbecue sauce, which is justifiably well-loved.
A simple shake of the big plastic jar makes it clear that this is a vinegar-based sauce. It's thin, and by color, looks more like a hot sauce than a barbecue sauce. Instinctively, when I taste a sauce with these characteristics, I brace for the jolt - that sudden punch in the mouth that vinegar sauces so often deliver. But this sauce was much smoother than expected. The first thing you taste is the cool earthy sweetness of tomatoes - every so slightly sweet - which serves to cushion the punch of the vinegar and pepper. It's a great progression of flavors, unlike anything I've had before.
I can't wait until I can try it on some of those famous Dreamland ribs!