03 June 2009
BBQ SAUCE OF THE WEEK: Bill's Black Label
Bill's Black Label BBQ Sauce hails from North Carolina - a state squarely divided when it comes to barbecue sauce. Operating out of Cary, which is right in the heart of The Triangle, Bill's could have gone either way, but this is definitely a Western-style sauce.
While it's still relatively thin like a vinegar-based sauce, Bill's has plenty of sweetness, with a ketchup base and a healthy dose of brown sugar. But my favorite part is the "peppery pop" that the label advertises. After an extended sweet and tangy opening salvo, the coda of pepper which follows is fresh and invigorating. What makes it unique is that it's not chipotle or habanero, but black pepper, and lots of it, with some red pepper added for variety. It's not so much hot as...peppery.
Overall, an excellent sauce - definitely one of my favorites so far in this ongoing series.
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