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.

Grade: A

WIN a FREE BOTTLE of the BBQ SAUCE OF THE WEEK!

We have a bottle of Bill's Black Label BBQ Sauce to give away to one of our readers. All you have to do is visit the website and post a comment here. One winner will be randomly selected on the following Tuesday night and sent a free bottle of sauce. Just leave an email address so that we can contact the winner.

8 comments:

barbara said...

Grade A!!! I hope I win.

Erin said...

Great description! It sounds intriguing, and I'd love to try it! I hope I win.

Bill said...

I love BBQ and always looking for a good sauce (at least until I learn to make my own). Thanks for the contest.

Linda said...

This sounds like an interesting BBQ sauce. Thanks for the chance to try it.

Chris said...

Sounds like a great one to win, because I grew up with a Piedmont style sauced bbq.

SCS said...

I think I NEED this to do something for my brisket. Help me out bro!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good sauce. I like a little pop of pepper and vinegar.

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saucehut.com said...

I need to find some of this!