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Meat Grilling Guide and Temperature Chart

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GrillJunkie Meat Grilling Guide

For GAS, CHARCOAL AND SMOKER GRILLSGrillJunkie Grilling Guide chart
The GrillJunkie team is pleased to provide our Grilling Guide. Depending on “What Fires YOU Up”, whether it be a gas grill, a charcoal grill or a smoker, we have provided general guidelines as well as specific charts for each grilling method.

Quick Note: A quick note on Indirect versus Direct Heat: There are essentially two ways to grill: directly or indirectly. These methods have less to do with the type of grill you are using or the style of food you are cooking than with the thickness and volume of what you are grilling. Knowing which method to use and how best to do it is a very important part of mastering the art and science of grilling and impressing your family and friends.

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Direct Grillingis the most basic and simple way to cook, while also being the oldest method of cooking. Foods are grilled directly over the heat. In essence, you can grill with a piece of meat and aGrilling Guide - How to grill directly simple fire. It is the direct exposure to the heat that cooks the food. It doesn’t get much simpler than that! There is one basic variation to direct grilling, however: leaving the lid up, or keeping it down. These days we have cooking devices with lids. It is this lid that determines whether the food is grilled or baked. By closing the lid you hold in the heat and allow foods to be cooked all over.

The foods you cook with direct heat are the traditional grilling fare: steaks, burgers, fish fillets, etc. Anything that is less than 2 inches in thickness should be cooked by the direct grilling method. These are food items that generally cook quickly and benefit from the fast cooking of a hot grill. As for having the lid up or down, generally you should choose to keep the lid down. The only reason to grill with the lid up is when you are grilling items that need a lot of basting, or cook so quickly that having the lid down increasing the risk of over cooking. Any large food item or cuts of meat more than about 2 inches thick should be grilled indirectly.


Indirect Grilling GuideIndirect Grilling - is closer to baking than direct grilling. This method requires that the heat source, in this case the “fire”, be built off to the side of where the grilling will take place. On a typical gas grill, what you would generally do is turn the burners up only on half of the grill. This is the directly heated side. You then place the food you wish to grill indirectly on the unheated side and close the lid. Convection and radiant heat will then cook the food. Simply put, the food is not being exposed to direct heat from the burners, and as such, it will cook more evenly and be less likely to burn on the exposed side.

With indirect grilling, charcoal works just as well as gas. With a charcoal grill you simply build the fire on one side of the grill and cook on the other. When using a charcoal grill to cook indirectly, it is best to build the fire like you always would and then use a small metal shovel or similar tool to shift the hot coals to one side.


Grilling Guide – General Guidelines

The Grilling Charts include cuts, thicknesses, weights, and grilling times that are intended to be guidelines. Such factors as altitude, wind, and outside temperature can affect cooking times. The GrillJunkie team provides two rules of thumb: Grill steaks, fish fillets, boneless chicken pieces, and vegetables using the direct method for the time given on the chart (or to the desired doneness), turning food once halfway through grilling time.

Grill roasts, whole poultry, bone-in poultry pieces, whole fish, and thicker cuts using the indirect method for the time given on the chart (or until an instant-read thermometer registers the desired internal temperature). Cooking times for beef and lamb use the USDA’s definition of medium doneness unless otherwise noted. Before carving, let roasts, larger cuts of meat, and thick chops and steaks rest for 5 to 10 minutes after cooking. The internal temperature of the meat will rise by 5 to 10 degrees during this time.

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Grilled Beef Tenderloin Steak with Seared Mushrooms

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Grilled Beef Tenderloin Steak with Seared Mushrooms

Grilled Beef Tenderloin Steaks   Grilled Beef Tenderloin Steak is one of the GrillJunkie team’s favorite steaks to grill.  Grilling recipes for steak do not get any simpler, succulent and enjoyable than this!  As with many high end steak cuts, less is more when grilling Beef Tenderloin Steak.  The best way to grill this kind of steak is over direct high heat.  This method is ideal for Beef Tenderloin Steak as the thicker cut we recommend and the grilling method seals in the juices and cooks the steak quickly, not allowing the steak to dry out. For more detailed advice on all meat grilling types, Download our Free 7-Page Meat Grilling Guide!

  • Tip 1: Keep the Beef Tenderloin Steaks dry by patting with paper towels before grilling…otherwise any excess moisture steams the meat leaving a tough chew!
  • Tip 2: Place the Beef Tenderloin Steak on the hottest part of the grill. To Avoid Grill Flare-ups; if at any time the grill flares up, move the steaks to the outside edge, returning them to the center when the flame dies down.
  • Tip 3: NEVER slide the steaks across the grill; gently pick them up with tongs. The key is not to flip them around.

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Serves: 4 | Prep time: 15 minutes | Grilling time: 14-18 minutes | Special equipment: Small Skillet and Perforated Grilling Pan

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BBQ Sauce Reviews – Trifecta Sweet Heat BBQ Sauce

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Trifecta Sweet Heat BBQ Sauce: BBQ Sauce Reviews

Is this Kentucky perfection?

On a consistent basis the team here at GrillJunkie™ sets time aside to conduct and communicate our formal opinion on either a Grilling, BBQ or Burger related product inclusive of BBQ Sauce Reviews & Rubs. As you certainly can imagine, and most likely have experienced yourself, these products run the gamut from Gotta Have It!, Cool, Utilitarian, Ridiculous and the, well, Just Plain Assinine!

Today’s BBQ Sauce Reviews candidate is:

Trifecta Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce

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Based on our extensive field research, the GrillJunkie Product Review team assigns a formal rating to every product that we test. This rating is based on a 1-5 Firepot structure as illustrated by our Grilling Product Review (GPR) scale below. The number of Firepots given to the grilling product indicates the product’s final rating. The higher the number of Firepots, the more positive the BBQ Sauce Review.

We are NEVER compensated for our Grilling Product Reviews so as to protect our integrity, brand and Product Review objectivity.

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GrillJunkie GPR Four FirePot ratingQuick BBQ Sauce Reviews Rating: For the more impatient reader who needs to get the rating right away, we gave the Trifecta Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce a 4.5 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots on our BBQ Sauce Reviews scale. A Hot product on our 5 point scale. The Trifecta Sweet Heat BBQ Sauce has top shelf Outside Bottle appeal that delivers heft Inside the Bottle with an impressively balanced formula of a tomato-anchored sauce blended into a slightly hot, smoky-sweet yet bright and tangy vinegar medium with embedded and layered depth of complementary pepper undertones, rich caramelized sugar, crisp vinegar acidity and the fresh and earthy aroma of well balanced earthy spices.

The GrillJunkie team was impressed with the layers that this BBQ sauce unveiled as the taste layers began with sweet brown sugar which morphed into a smoky mesquite, tangy vinegar tone and then ended with a nice heat and spice kick.

For more detail on this BBQ Sauce Review, including a History of BBQ Sauce as well as the many upcoming BBQ Sauce Reviews and Grilling Product Reviews on our schedule, read on!

First Up: A Bit of BBQ Sauce History

The precise origin of barbecue sauce is unclear. Some trace it to the end of the 15th century, when Christopher Columbus brought a sauce back from Hispaniola, while others place it at the formation of the first American colonies in the 17th century.

References to the “saucy” substance start occurring in both English and French literature over the next two hundred years. South Carolina mustard sauce, a type of barbecue sauce, can be traced to German settlers in the 18th century.

Not Far Enough Back My Friends! Think this is pretty far back in time, huh? Well, think again. The idea of putting sauces on food goes back much, much further. In fact, according to Harold McGee’s superb book On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, in 239 B.C., Chinese Chef I Yin, in “Master Lü’s Spring and Autumn Annals” discusses the harmonious blending of sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, and salty, and the importance of balancing them harmoniously in sauces.Arawak Tribe - Grilling History,history of grilling,GrillJunkie,history of bbq sauce,bbq sauce reviews

“The transformation which occurs in the cauldron is quintessential and wondrous, subtle and delicate. The mouth cannot express in words; the mind cannot fix upon an analogy. It is like the subtlety of archery and horsemanship, the transformation of Yin and Yang, or the revolution of the four seasons.”

The Yin and Yang of mixing sweet and sour is, of course, a Chinese specialty, and at the heart of most barbecue sauces. McGee also quotes a Latin poem from 25 A.D. It describes a farmer pounding herbs, cheese, oil, and vinegar, and adding it to a flatbread. The paste sounds quite a bit like pesto genovese, and the flatbread sounds like a pesto pizza or calzone.

The first actual mention of the term “barbecue sauce” we have found was in the Bolivar Bulletin from Hardeman County, TN in 1871. The author of an article thanks a Dr. J.H. Larwill for:

“a fine lot of Barbecue Sauce, of his own invention. For fresh meats of all kinds it cannot be excelled.”

For a more detailed History of BBQ Sauce, we highly recommend the article from Meathead Goldwyn of AmazingRibs.com.

Kentucky Proud?: Trifecta Sweet Heat BBQ Sauce

Before we proceed to the formal BBQ Sauce Review, it is important to note that our BBQ Sauce Reviews follow an organized and comprehensive structure which includes the:

  • Product Source Stats
  • Outside the Bottle Review
  • Inside the Bottle Review
  • Final Verdict and GrillJunkie™ GPR (Grilling Product Rating)

Trifecta_BBQ_Sauces_logoSo let’s dig into the Trifecta Sweet Heat BBQ Sauce!

Official BBQ Sauce Review and GPR

Product Source Stats - The Facts M’am. Just the Facts.

  • Name: Trifecta Gourmet Sauces Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce
  • Cost: $3.99 Retail / 13.5 fl. oz
  • Ingredients: Brown Sugar, Tomato Puree, Vinegar, White Sugar, Red Onions, Contains Less Than 2% of: Salt, Jalapeño Peppers, Hot Pepper Sauce, Lemon Juice, Garlic Powder, Worcestershire Sauce, Citric Acid, Soy Sauce, Natural Mesquite Smoke Flavor, Onion Powder, Spices, Xanthan Gum, Natural Flavors
  • Color: Deep, Dark, Earthy Reddish Brown

Outside the Bottle

This subcategory reviews the variables such as the attractiveness of the product, its overall visual appeal and/or how “perty” it is, etc. This subcategory does come with a GrillJunkie GPR rating.

  • Packaging & Labeling – Upon unpacking, we found the 13.5 oz. wide-mouthed glass bottle eye catching, sophisticated and regal with a subtle touch of upscale Kentucky personality. You’ll find a yellowish-gold label with the sophisticated Trifecta Gourmet Sauces logo. The package, labeling and overall design were complete and professionally designed. The labeling, nutrition label and back story were easy to read, yet overall a top-shelf step above most of the “in your face” cartoonish packaging out there without going too mainstream and generic.
  • Story/Background – This is where the appeal increases dramatically. The team here at GrillJunkie has a passion for food, family and friends with a soft spot for mom. So we certainly appreciate when the back story reads:

    “Our story begins on a warm summer day in 1996, when Matt Trimpe had a backyard full of friends and he ran out of BBQ sauce. He had a faint recollection of his mother’s recipe and, using only the ingredients he had on hand, blended just the right combination of sweet, savory and spice. Trifrecta_Gourmet_SaucesTrifecta was born.

    Over the years, friends upon friends discovered more and more delightful ways to add Trimpe’s sauce to their favorite foods. It was a delicious complement to chicken, beef and pork and tasted great on corn on the cob, potatoes, peppers, and other vegetables. It added a sharp and tangy flavor to macaroni and cheese, and could turn pepper jack cheese and rolls into gourmet sandwiches. Adding a dash to chocolate sauce intensified the flavor of the rich, dark cocoa, adding just a hint of heat.

    As time went by, barbecue aficionados urged Matt to bottle the sauce, and they were delighted when he did. The bottled Trifecta BBQ Sauce retained the integrity and flavor of that first sauce born in the backyard, blended to please friends. No ingredients were added to protect its shelf life; only the natural ingredients were added.

    In the past few years, Trifecta has been hard at work creating more special sauces and marinades. You can easily find our sauces at many local stores as well as online. Our product line includes: Original Barbecue Sauce, Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce, Blazing Barbecue Sauce and Kentucky Bourbon Marinade.”

  • Specific detail related to the Trifecta Sweet Heat BBQ Sauce reads:

    This thick, tomato-based sauce is sweet, tangy and spicy, with mild heat and natural smoke flavors. The taste starts with sweet brown sugar, shifts to tangy vinegar, and then ends with a little heat. Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce caramelizes well. You’ll enjoy it on chicken, beef and pork, as well as fish and seafood. Add a dash of Sweet Heat to almost any side dish or dessert to intensify flavors. It even tastes great in chocolate sauce.

  • Logo & Graphics – The GrillJunkie Product Review team found the Trifecta Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce logo classic, professional, appropriate and effective as it combines a regal Kentucky charm with an obvious love for food, mom and family. What you’ll find is a clean, high-end sauce label with a sophisticated logo and eye-catching yet subtle graphics.
  • Cyber Marketing Presence / Web Site: As we found the physical outside product appeal to be solid, we were very impressed with the company’s web site presence and utility. With such a great looking product that will inevitably draw consumers to the site to not only learn more and order a few packages and/or visit their retailers, it seems that the web personality brims with Kentucky uniqueness and charm as well.
  • GPR#: 4.4/5.0 Firepots

Inside the Bottle

This subcategory reviews important variables such as the Flavor Profile, Consistency and Taste before being cooked and after. This subcategory come with a GrillJunkie GPR rating as well.

  • Dominant Taste / Ingredient Match – The Dominant Taste of this BBQ Sauce matched well with our expectations from the product label and all-natural, preservative and gluten-free ingredient list. A strong tomato-base, a well-balanced vinegar taste tone with a perfectly balanced complement of sweet-heat, brown sugar, mesquite smoke and earthy spices. With such a gamut of ingredients, easily knocked off balance by a poor mixture ratio, we were prepared to experience a BBQ_Sauce_Reviews_Trifecta_Sweet_heat_sidepotentially off balanced BBQ sauce formula. We were pleased with the sweet to heat balance. We expected more off-balanced sweet-heat but were pleased that we weren’t dealing with yet another sugar drenched sauce that overwhelms the overall balance of the remaining earthy flavors.
  • Pre-cooked Flavor Profile – A strong and balanced Flavor Profile. We found an appropriately thick, slightly chunky and dense tomato-based sauce that unveiled layers of spice, heat, spice, crispness and acidity, brown sugar, smoky mesquite wood flavor undertones and tangy hot pepper but not an overwhelming and off-balancing amount of vinegar. Although some of the sweetness and texture comes from brown and white sugars we found a well-balanced mixture of natural sweet tomato, caramel-rich Worcestershire sauce spice and savory warmth that leaves you hankering for more to drench on a smoked brisket recipe, some ribs or to just dip into as a sauce.
  • Consistency and Texture - Although we would categorize this BBQ Sauce as slightly thick, we found that the extra texture of the sauce, due to the rich brown sugar, tomato puree and jalapeño chiles created solid differentiation. The thickness of the base, the brown sugar and vinegar balance and the spice define the texture and consistency of this BBQ sauce. A good thing when trying to get an even crust on our baby back ribs and/or for simply using as a dipping sauce.
  • BBQ Sauce on Ribs GrillJunkie,BBQ ribs recipe,history of grilling,history of bbq sauceSlathered & Cooked Flavor Profile - Compared to the “intense spice-lack” we experienced during the pre-cooked portion of the BBQ Sauce Review, we found that the appropriately spicy depth of the jalapeño, authentic hot sauce, and caramelized Worcestershire Sauce awakened when the sauce was slathered on and cooked, especially during longer periods such as on our 13 hour BBQ brisket recipe. However the lack of the boorish and typical off the chart vinegar kick was replaced by a deeper tone of earthy and caramelized sugar, a citrus lemon undertone and the awakening of the hot sauce and jalapeño pepper tones.
  • GPR# – 4.5/5.0

The Verdict

Overall, the GrillJunkie Product Review Team give the Trifecta Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce a 4.5 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. Officially a Hot product on our 5 point scale!

This BBQ Sauce is a well-balanced, sophisticated,very substantial, slightly thick, preservative free, tomato-based, classic style BBQ Sauce that surprises the tastebuds with an earthy undertone of the “kick” of rich jalapeño peppers, smoky mesquite wood and caramelized sugar while not overpowering us with an off-the-chart and typical vinegar/tomato/sugar mixture.

The Trifecta Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce has both Outside Bottle appeal that delivers Inside the Bottle with an impressively balanced formula of a tomato-anchored sauce blended into a slightly hot, smoky-sweet yet tangy vinegar medium with embedded and layered depth of complementary pepper undertones, rich caramelized sugar, tangy and crisp citrus and the fresh and earthy aroma of well balanced earthy spices.

The GrillJunkie BBQ Sauce Reviews team is very much looking forward to reviewing more of the unique sauces and spices that come from the Trifecta Gourmet Sauce lineup and product team. Stay tuned!

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BBQ Sauce Reviews – Bobby Brown Original BBQ Sauce

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Bobby Brown Original BBQ Sauce: BBQ Sauce Reviews

Will “This’a Make You Dance?”

On a consistent basis the team here at GrillJunkie™ sets time aside to conduct and communicate our formal opinion on either a Grilling, BBQ or Burger related product inclusive of BBQ Sauce Reviews & Rubs. As you certainly can imagine, and most likely have experienced yourself, these products run the gamut from Gotta Have It!, Cool, Utilitarian, Ridiculous and the, well, Just Plain Assinine!

Today’s BBQ Sauce Reviews candidate is:

Bobby Brown Foods’ Original BBQ Sauce

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Based on our extensive field research, the GrillJunkie Product Review team assigns a formal rating to every product that we test. This rating is based on a 1-5 Firepot structure as illustrated by our Grilling Product Review (GPR) scale below. The number of Firepots given to the grilling product indicates the product’s final rating. The higher the number of Firepots, the more positive the BBQ Sauce Review.

We are NEVER compensated for our Grilling Product Reviews so as to protect our integrity, brand and Product Review objectivity.

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GrillJunkie GPR Four FirePot ratingQuick BBQ Sauce Reviews Rating: For the more impatient reader who needs to get the rating right away, we gave the Bobby Brown Original BBQ Sauce a 4.2 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots on our BBQ Sauce Reviews scale. A Hot product on our 5 point scale. This BBQ Sauce is a very substantial, all natural, preservative free, well balanced, tomato-based, classically sweet style BBQ Sauce that surprises the tastebuds with an earthy undertone of the “bling” of rich poblano peppers, chipotle, smokiness and molasses while not overpowering us with an off-the-chart and typical vinegar/tomato/sugar mixture.

The Bobby Brown Original BBQ Sauce has both Outside Bottle appeal that delivers Inside the Bottle with an impressively BBQ sauce review,bbq sauce reviews,bobby brown bbq sauce,bobby brown,bobby brown bbq sauce review,GrillJunkie,grilling recipes,grill reviews,grilling product reviews,bbq recipesbalanced formula of a tomato-anchored sauce blended into a smoky-sweet yet tangy vinegar medium with embedded and layered depth of complementary chipotle, poblano and paprika seasoning undertones, rich molasses, tangy and crisp vinegar, the fresh and earthy aroma of arbol chile, all balanced with earthy spices. A volatile balance that if not in the hands of a man who knows his BBQ Sauce and stuck to his roots.

For more detail on this BBQ Sauce Review, including a History of BBQ Sauce as well as the many upcoming BBQ Sauce Reviews and Grilling Product Reviews on our schedule, read on!

First Up: A Bit of BBQ Sauce History

The precise origin of barbecue sauce is unclear. Some trace it to the end of the 15th century, when Christopher Columbus brought a sauce back from Hispaniola, while others place it at the formation of the first American colonies in the 17th century.

References to the “saucy” substance start occurring in both English and French literature over the next two hundred years. South Carolina mustard sauce, a type of barbecue sauce, can be traced to German settlers in the 18th century.

Not Far Enough Back My Friends! Think this is pretty far back in time, huh? Well, think again. The idea of putting sauces on food goes back much, much further. In fact, according to Harold McGee’s superb book On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, in 239 B.C., Chinese Chef I Yin, in “Master Lü’s Spring and Autumn Annals” discusses the harmonious blending of sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, and salty, and the importance of balancing them harmoniously in sauces.Arawak Tribe - Grilling History,history of grilling,GrillJunkie,history of bbq sauce,bbq sauce reviews

“The transformation which occurs in the cauldron is quintessential and wondrous, subtle and delicate. The mouth cannot express in words; the mind cannot fix upon an analogy. It is like the subtlety of archery and horsemanship, the transformation of Yin and Yang, or the revolution of the four seasons.”

The Yin and Yang of mixing sweet and sour is, of course, a Chinese specialty, and at the heart of most barbecue sauces. McGee also quotes a Latin poem from 25 A.D. It describes a farmer pounding herbs, cheese, oil, and vinegar, and adding it to a flatbread. The paste sounds quite a bit like pesto genovese, and the flatbread sounds like a pesto pizza or calzone.

The first actual mention of the term “barbecue sauce” we have found was in the Bolivar Bulletin from Hardeman County, TN in 1871. The author of an article thanks a Dr. J.H. Larwill for:

“a fine lot of Barbecue Sauce, of his own invention. For fresh meats of all kinds it cannot be excelled.”

For a more detailed History of BBQ Sauce, we highly recommend the article from Meathead Goldwyn of AmazingRibs.com.

Did it Make Us Dance? Bobby Brown’s Original BBQ Sauce

Before we proceed to the formal BBQ Sauce Review, it is important to note that our BBQ Sauce Reviews follow an organized and comprehensive structure which includes the:

  • Product Source Stats
  • Outside the Bottle Review
  • Inside the Bottle Review
  • Final Verdict and GrillJunkie™ GPR (Grilling Product Rating)

So let’s dig into the Bobby Brown Foods’ Original BBQ Sauce!

Official BBQ Sauce Review and GPR

Product Source Stats - The Facts M’am. Just the Facts.

  • Name: Bobby Brown Foods’ Original BBQ Sauce
  • Cost: $4.95 MSRP / 18 fl. oz
  • Ingredients: Water, tomato puree (water, tomato paste) corn syrup, onion, molasses, High fructose corn syrup, onion, molasses, poblano chile, pineapple juice concentrate, less than 2% of mustard (distilled vinegar, water, mustard seed, salt, tumeric, paprika, spices) salt, sugar, distilled vinegar, vegetable oil (canola oil and/or soybean oil) arbol chile, onion*, mustard seed, natural smoke flavor, jalapeños, citric acid, spices, *dried. “plus, love, care and attention”
  • Color: Deep, Dark, Earthy Reddish Brown

Outside the Bottle

This subcategory reviews the variables such as the attractiveness of the product, its overall visual appeal and/or how “perty” it is, etc. This subcategory does come with a GrillJunkie GPR rating.

  • Packaging & Labeling – Upon unpacking, we found the 18 oz. wide-mouthed glass bottle eye catching and saturated with Bobby Brown’s personality. You’ll find a gold-crowned record album signed by Mr. Brown in the center of the bottle bookended by old-style stage mikes, while a picture of Bobby Brown holding a plate of the food he loves on the side of the label, complemented by the background story of Bobby Brown Foods and the genesis of the BBQ Sauce. The package, labeling and overall design were complete and professionally designed. The labeling, nutrition label and back story were easy and fun to read, yet overall a step above most of the packaging out there without going too mainstream and generic.
  • Story/Background – This is where the appeal increases dramatically. The team here at GrillJunkie has a passion for food, family and friends with a soft spot for mom. So we certainly appreciate when the ad copy reads:

    For many years, Bobby has been known as “The King of the Stage.” Only his friends and family knew that he was also “The King of the Kitchen.”

    Growing up in Boston, Bobby spent plenty of time with his mom in the kitchen learning her recipes, cooking styles, and family stories. As an adult Bobby has always been the cook in the house, creating dishes all his friends know, like “Shrimp a la Bobby” and his famous Ribs and Fry. Bobby and his wife Alicia, also focus on creating and serving healthy dishes to their friends and family. With a focus on reducing sugar, sodium, and preservatives from their diet, healthy cooking has become a staple in the house.

    All of our products use real, all natural ingredients just like Bobby learned. Familiar ingredients like tomatoes, herbs, peppers, and some secret blends are what make our sauces and seasonings delicious and good for you and your family.

  • Specific detail related to the Bobby Brown Foods’ Original BBQ Sauce reads:

    “Never shy on  spice & always bold on kick! This ORIGINAL is sure to make your BBQ Pop! So, shake well, uncap the top and enjoy flavor that will make your mouth sing!

  • Logo & Graphics – The GrillJunkie Product Review team found the Bobby Brown Original BBQ Sauce logo classic, professional, appropriate and effective as it combines Bobby’s musical fame with his love for food, mom and his family. What you’ll find is a mixture of music, bling, food and a connection to his Boston roots and LA lifestyle. Appropriately in your face yet right on target with masculinity and showmanship without being too contrived. Similar to it’s family member product, the Bobby Brown Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce, which we also reviewed, the logo and graphics were eye-catching.
  • Cyber Marketing Presence / Web Site: As we found the physical outside product appeal to be solid, we were impressed with the company’s web site presence and utility. With such a bold looking product and star power that will inevitably draw consumers to the site to not only learn more and order a few packages and/or visit their retailers, it seems that the web personality brims with uniqueness as well.
  • GPR#: 4.2/5.0 Firepots

Inside the Bottle

This subcategory reviews important variables such as the Flavor Profile, Consistency and Taste before and after being cooked. This subcategory come with a GrillJunkie GPR rating as well.

  • Dominant Taste / Ingredient Match – The Dominant Taste of this BBQ Sauce matched well with our expectations from the product label and ingredient list. Strong, fresh tomato-base, a well-balanced vinegar taste tone with a perfectly balanced complement of pineapple, BBQ sauce review,bbq sauce reviews,bobby brown bbq sauce,bobby brown,bobby brown bbq sauce review,GrillJunkie,grilling recipes,grill reviews,grilling product reviews,bbq recipesmolasses, poblano chile, arbol chile, onion and earthy spices. With such a gamut of ingredients, easily knocked off balance by a poor mixture ratio, we are always prepared to experience a potentially off balanced BBQ sauce formula. We were pleased with the sweet to heat balance as indicated by the “4” on the labeling. We expected more off-balanced sweet-heat but were pleased that we weren’t dealing with yet another sugar drenched sauce that overwhelms the overall balance of the remaining earthy flavors.
  • Pre-cooked Flavor Profile – A strong and balanced Flavor Profile. We found an appropriately thick, slightly chunky and dense tomato-based sauce that unveiled layers of spice, heat, spice, crispness and acidity, molasses and tangy pepper but not an overwhelming and off-balancing amount of pineapple, vinegar, and the earthy tones of sugar. Although some of the sweet texture comes from corn syrup and High Fructose Corn Syrup (off-putting to some folks) we found a well-balanced mixture of natural sweet pineapple, spice and savory warmth that leaves you hankering for more to drench on a long smoked brisket, some ribs or to just dip into as a sauce.
  • Consistency and Texture - Although we would categorize this BBQ Sauce as slightly thick, we found that the extra texture of the sauce, due to the molasses, fresh tomatoes and tomato sauce and chiles, created solid differentiation. The thickness of the base, the molasses and the spice define the texture and consistency of this BBQ sauce. A good thing when trying to get an even crust on our baby back ribs and/or for simply using as a dipping sauce.
  • BBQ Sauce on Ribs GrillJunkie,BBQ ribs recipe,history of grilling,history of bbq sauceSlathered & Cooked Flavor Profile - Compared to the “intense kick” we experienced during the pre-cooked portion of the BBQ Sauce Review, we found that the appropriately spicy depth of the poblano, pineapple and molasses awakened when the sauce was mopped on and grilled, especially during longer periods such as on our 13 hour brisket. However the lack of the boorish and typical off the chart vinegar kick was replaced by a deeper tone of earthy and caramelized molasses, sugar and the awakening of the poblano tones.
  • Not at all a bad thing for the GrillJunkie team but a possible disappointment for those who expect to get that overwhelming vinegar kick “tongue kick-to-dollars” ratio worth. Those folks should do their research and realize that we were not dealing with a basic and easy to make sweet tomato-vinegar BBQ sauce. There was a hint of family, Boston, California and genius in the traditional roots of this solid BBQ Sauce.
  • GPR# – 4.3/5.0

The Verdict

Overall, the GrillJunkie Product Review Team give the Bobby Brown Foods’ Original BBQ Sauce a 4.2 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. Officially a Hot product on our 5 point scale!

This BBQ Sauce is a well-balanced, very substantial, slightly thick, preservative free, tomato-based, classic style BBQ Sauce that surprises the tastebuds with an earthy undertone of the “bling” of rich poblano peppers, smokiness and molasses while not overpowering us with an off-the-chart and typical vinegar/tomato/sugar mixture.

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The GrillJunkie BBQ Sauce Reviews team is very much looking forward to reviewing more of the unique sauces and spices that come from Bobby and the Bobby Brown Foods’ team. Stay tuned!

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BBQ Sauce Reviews – Bobby Brown BBQ Sauce – Sweet & Spicy?

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Bobby Brown’s Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce: BBQ Sauce Reviews

From Boston to LA …. Did it Please Our Palates?

On a consistent basis the team here at GrillJunkie™ sets time aside to conduct and communicate our formal opinion on either a Grilling, BBQ or Burger related product inclusive of BBQ Sauce Reviews & Rubs. As you certainly can imagine, and most likely have experienced yourself, these products run the gamut from Gotta Have It!, Cool, Utilitarian, Ridiculous and the, well, Just Plain Assinine!

Today’s BBQ Sauce Reviews candidate is:

Bobby Brown Foods’ Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

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Based on our extensive field research, the GrillJunkie Product Review team assigns a formal rating to every product that we test. This rating is based on a 1-5 Firepot structure as illustrated by our Grilling Product Review (GPR) scale below. The number of Firepots given to the grilling product indicates the product’s final rating. The higher the number of Firepots, the more positive the BBQ Sauce Review.

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GrillJunkie GPR Four FirePot ratingQuick BBQ Sauce Reviews Rating: For the more impatient reader who needs to get the rating right away, we gave the Bobby Brown Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce a 4.3 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots on our BBQ Sauce Reviews scale. A Hot product on our 5 point scale. This BBQ Sauce is a very substantial, slightly chunky, preservative free, well balanced, tomato-based, spicy style BBQ Sauce that surprises the tastebuds with an earthy undertone of the “bling” of rich poblano peppers, chipotle, smokiness and molasses while not overpowering us with an off-the-chart and typical vinegar/tomato/sugar mixture.

The Bobby Brown Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce has both Outside Bottle appeal that delivers Inside the Bottle with an impressively BBQ sauce review,bbq sauce reviews,bobby brown bbq sauce,bobby brown,bobby brown bbq sauce review,GrillJunkie,grilling recipes,grill reviews,grilling product reviews,bbq recipesbalanced formula of a tomato-anchored sauce blended into a smoky-sweet yet tangy vinegar medium with embedded and layered depth of complementary chipotle, poblano and paprika seasoning undertones, rich molasses, tangy and crisp vinegar, the fresh and earthy aroma of arbol chile, bay leaves, balanced with earthy spices. A volatile balance that if not in the hands of a man who knows his BBQ Sauce and stuck to his roots.

For more detail on this BBQ Sauce Review, including a History of BBQ Sauce as well as the many upcoming BBQ Sauce Reviews and Grilling Product Reviews on our schedule, read on!

First Up: A Bit of BBQ Sauce History

The precise origin of barbecue sauce is unclear. Some trace it to the end of the 15th century, when Christopher Columbus brought a sauce back from Hispaniola, while others place it at the formation of the first American colonies in the 17th century.

References to the “saucy” substance start occurring in both English and French literature over the next two hundred years. South Carolina mustard sauce, a type of barbecue sauce, can be traced to German settlers in the 18th century.

Not Far Enough Back My Friends! Think this is pretty far back in time, huh? Well, think again. The idea of putting sauces on food goes back much, much further. In fact, according to Harold McGee’s superb book On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, in 239 B.C., Chinese Chef I Yin, in “Master Lü’s Spring and Autumn Annals” discusses the harmonious blending of sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, and salty, and the importance of balancing them harmoniously in sauces.Arawak Tribe - Grilling History,history of grilling,GrillJunkie,history of bbq sauce,bbq sauce reviews

“The transformation which occurs in the cauldron is quintessential and wondrous, subtle and delicate. The mouth cannot express in words; the mind cannot fix upon an analogy. It is like the subtlety of archery and horsemanship, the transformation of Yin and Yang, or the revolution of the four seasons.”

The Yin and Yang of mixing sweet and sour is, of course, a Chinese specialty, and at the heart of most barbecue sauces. McGee also quotes a Latin poem from 25 A.D. It describes a farmer pounding herbs, cheese, oil, and vinegar, and adding it to a flatbread. The paste sounds quite a bit like pesto genovese, and the flatbread sounds like a pesto pizza or calzone.

The first actual mention of the term “barbecue sauce” we have found was in the Bolivar Bulletin from Hardeman County, TN in 1871. The author of an article thanks a Dr. J.H. Larwill for:

“a fine lot of Barbecue Sauce, of his own invention. For fresh meats of all kinds it cannot be excelled.”

For a more detailed History of BBQ Sauce, we highly recommend the article from Meathead Goldwyn of AmazingRibs.com.

Is ‘Dis Sh** Spicy?: Bobby Brown’s Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

Before we proceed to the formal BBQ Sauce Review, it is important to note that our BBQ Sauce Reviews follow an organized and comprehensive structure which includes the:

  • Product Source Stats
  • Outside the Bottle Review
  • Inside the Bottle Review
  • Final Verdict and GrillJunkie™ GPR (Grilling Product Rating)

So let’s dig in to the Bobby Brown Foods’ Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce!

Official BBQ Sauce Review and GPR

Product Source Stats - The Facts M’am. Just the Facts.

  • Name: Bobby Brown Foods’ Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce
  • Cost: $4.95 MSRP / 18 fl. oz.
  • Ingredients: Water, tomato puree (water, tomato paste) corn syrup, onion, molasses, High fructose corn syrup, poblano chile, pineapple juice concentrate, chipotle pepper puree (water, dried bbq sauce reviews,bobby brown bbq sauce,grill reviews,grilljunkies,GrillJunkie,grilling,grilling recipes,bbq recipes,rib recipes,brisket recipes,grilling blog,bbq blogchipotle pepper, onion, tomato paste, canola oil, sugar, vinegar, salt, garlic, natural smoke flavoring, white pepper, oregano, bay leaves) arbol chile, less than 2% of mustard (distilled vinegar, water, mustard seed, salt, tumeric, paprika, spices) salt, sugar, distilled vinegar, onion*, vegetable oil (canola oil and/or soybean oil) mustard seed, natural smoke flavor, jalapenos, citric acid, spices, *dried. “plus, love, care and attention”
  • Color: Deep, Dark, Earthy Reddish Brown

Outside the Bottle

This subcategory reviews the variables such as the attractiveness of the product, its overall visual appeal and/or how “perty” it is, etc. This subcategory does come with a GrillJunkie GPR rating.

  • Packaging & Labeling – Upon unpacking, we found the 18 oz. wide-mouthed glass bottle eye catching and saturated with Bobby Brown’s personality. You’ll find a gold-crowned record album signed by Mr. Brown in the center of the bottle bookended by old-style stage mikes, while a picture of Bobby Brown holding a plate of the foodbobby_brown_bbq_sauce_pack_large he loves on the side of the label, complemented by the background story of Bobby Brown Foods and the genesis of the BBQ Sauce. The package, labeling and overall design were complete and professionally designed. The labeling, nutrtion label and back story were easy and fun to read, yet overall a step above most of the packaging out there without going too mainstream and generic.
  • Story/Background – This is where the appeal increases dramatically. The team here at GrillJunkie has a passion for food, family and friends with a soft spot for mom. So we certainly appreciate when the ad copy reads:

    For many years, Bobby has been known as “The King of the Stage.” Only his friends and family knew that he was also “The King of the Kitchen.”

    Growing up in Boston, Bobby spent plenty of time with his mom in the kitchen learning her recipes, cooking styles, and family stories. As an adult Bobby has always been the cook in the house, creating dishes all his friends know, like “Shrimp a la Bobby” and his famous Ribs and Fry. Bobby and his wife Alicia, also focus on creating and serving healthy dishes to their friends and family. With a focus on reducing sugar, sodium, and preservatives from their diet, healthy cooking has become a staple in the house.

    All of our products use real, all natural ingredients just like Bobby learned. Familiar ingredients like tomatoes, herbs, peppers, and some secret blends are what make our sauces and seasonings delicious and good for you and your family.

  • Specific detail related to the Bobby Brown Foods’ Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce reads:

    “Bobby always liked to play in the kitchen, so he started playing with his BBQ sauce and stumbled on a gold mine of flavor. With his additions of some extra heat and some sweet ingredients, this sauce sings! Sweet on the front and spicy on the back, this sauce will become a go-to on your ribs and chicken.”

  • Logo & Graphics – The GrillJunkie Product Review team found the Bobby Brown Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce logo classic, professional, appropriate and effective as it combines Bobby’s musical fame bbq sauce reviews,bobby brown bbq sauce,grill reviews,grilljunkies,GrillJunkie,grilling,grilling recipes,bbq recipes,rib recipes,brisket recipes,grilling blog,bbq blogwith his love for food, mom and his family. What you’ll find is a mixture of music, bling, food and a connection to his Boston roots and LA lifestyle. Appropriately in your face yet right on target with masculinity and showmanship without being too contrived. Similar to it’s family member product, the Bobby Brown Original BBQ Sauce, which we will be reviewing next week, the logo and graphics were eye-catching.
  • Cyber Marketing Presence / Web Site: As we found the physical outside product appeal to be solid, we were impressed with the company’s web site presence and utility. With such a bold looking product and star power that will inevitably draw consumers to the site to not only learn more and order a few packages and/or visit their retailers, it seems that the web personality brims with uniqueness as well.
  • GPR#: 4.2/5.0 Firepots

Inside the Bottle

This subcategory reviews important variables such as the Flavor Profile, Consistency and Taste before being cooked and after. This subcategory come with a GrillJunkie GPR rating as well.

  • Dominant Taste / Ingredient Match – The Dominant Taste of this BBQ Sauce matched well with our expectations from the product label and ingredient list. Strong, fresh tomato-base, a well-balanced vinegar taste tone with a perfectly balanced complement of molasses, pineapple, chipotle chile, arbol chile and earthy spices. With such a gamut of ingredients, easily knocked off balance by a poor mixture ratio, bbq sauce reviewswe were prepared to experience a potentially off balanced BBQ sauce formula. We were prepared for a bit more heat and maybe a bit of overwhelming kick from the chiles and heat from this bottle as indicated by the “6” on the labeling. We expected more intense heat but were pleased that we weren’t dealing with yet another heat drenched sauce that overwhelms the overall balance of the remaining earthy flavors.
  • Pre-cooked Flavor Profile – A strong and balanced Flavor Profile. We found an appropriately thick, slightly chunky and dense tomato-based sauce that unveiled layers of sweetness, heat, spice, crispness and acidity, molasses and tangy pepper but not an overwhelming and off-balancing amount of vinegar, and the earthy tones of chiles. Overall, although a portion of the sweetness comes from corn syrup and High Fructose Corn Syrup (off-putting to some folks) we found a well-balanced mixture of natural sweet, spice and savory warmth that leaves you hankering for more to drench on a long smoked brisket, some ribs or to just dip into as a sauce.
  • Consistency and Texture - Although we would categorize this BBQ Sauce as slightly thick, we found that the extra texture of the sauce, due to the chipotle paste mixture, fresh tomatoes, tomato sauce and chiles, created solid differentiation. The thickness of the base, the molasses, pineapple, hint of bay leaf and the spice define the texture and consistency of this BBQ sauce. A good thing when trying to get an even crust on our baby back ribs and/or for simply using as a dipping sauce.
  • BBQ Sauce on Ribs GrillJunkie,BBQ ribs recipe,history of grilling,history of bbq sauceSlathered & Cooked Flavor Profile - Compared to the “intense heat-lack” we experienced during the pre-cooked portion of the BBQ Sauce Review, we found that the kick and spicy depth of the chipotle, arbol chile, bay leaves and molasses awakened when the sauce was mopped on and cooked, especially during longer periods such as on our 13 hour brisket. However the lack of the boorish and typical off the chart vinegar kick was replaced by a deeper tone of smoky and caramelized molasses, sugar and the awakening of the chipotle and paprika tones.
  • Not at all a bad thing for the GrillJunkie team but a possible disappointment for those who expect to get that overwhelming vinegar kick “tongue kick-to-dollars” ratio worth. Those folks should do their research and realize that we were not dealing with a basic and easy to make sweet tomato-vinegar BBQ sauce. There was a hint of family, Boston, California and genius in the traditional roots of this solid BBQ Sauce.
  • GPR# – 4.3/5.0

 

The Verdict

Overall, the GrillJunkie Product Review Team give the Bobby Brown Foods’ Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce a 4.3 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. Officially a Hot product on our 5 point scale!

This BBQ Sauce is a very substantial, slightly chunky, preservative free, well balanced, tomato-based, spicy style BBQ Sauce that surprises the tastebuds with an earthy undertone of the “bling” of rich poblano peppers, chipotle, smokiness and molasses while not overpowering us with an off-the-chart and typical vinegar/tomato/sugar mixture.

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The GrillJunkie BBQ Sauce Reviews team is very much looking forward to reviewing the Bobby Brown Foods’ ORIGINAL BBQ Sauce next week, and more of the unique sauces and spices that come from Bobby and the Bobby Brown Foods’ team. Stay tuned!

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