07 October 2015

BBQ SAUCE OF THE WEEK: Uncle Kenny's BBQ


Have you ever heard of a barbecue sauce with "barbecue sauce" as one of its ingredients? Actually, a lot of the competition cooks are probably nodding their heads right now. Even apart from the sauces used in the meat categories, many a sauce category entrant has taken a commercially available sauce, doctored it a bit, and turned it in. But a commercially produced sauce with "barbecue sauce" as an ingredient? That's a new one on me.

Then again, Kenny Nadeau and Mike Smith, who started the Uncle Kenny's brand and still run it today, are competition BBQers. Yes, in addition to running a popular restaurant and catering operation in Central Florida, and selling their line of sauces and rubs, the UK guys still compete in FBA and KCBS. And very well, too - they won a Grand and a Reserve in 2015.

Despite operating out of Florida, these sauces are definitely in the style of Kansas City - thick, rich, smoky and sweet. The Original version has an excellent balance of sweet, tangy, savory, spicy and smoky flavors - no one flavor is dominant and the result is a great tasting sauce.

The Mustard version is like a really octane honey mustard sauce. It kicks up the sweetness and the heat a couple of notches, which is needed to balance the strong yellow mustard flavor.

Both sauces are exemplary and fine examples of how to balance the flavors that make a great barbecue sauce - even if the first ingredient is...barbecue sauce.

Grades
Original: A
Mustard: A

2 comments:

Oliver Richmond said...

Good combination and I like it very much. I am a writer focused on career and physical development to spread more issues and tips to develop and works through Professional resume writing service. My children always like to have bbq sauce.

andrew Hopkin said...

I have bought a new gas grill.
I will make it and try it!!!