Stubb's Barbecue Sauce - Original
Commercial Barbecue Sauce Review
Stubb's Barbecue Sauce - 5 Stars
I lived in Dallas, Texas, but I somehow missed Stubb’s Barbecue Sauce. Blame it on my age, circumstances, and undeveloped palate. I was a college kid. I did have a $10 hibachi grill, but sauce was often a stretch with money tight.
I’m not rich now, but I can splurge on barbeque sauces. After all, they only cost a few dollars, and a BBQ sauce can give a whole new spin to a piece of meat or chicken.
Over the years, I’ve tried more barbecue sauces than I can count. Most of them are pretty good. A few are fabulous. Stubbs ranks in the later category. If I’d known what a great sauce Stubb’s puts out, I’d have cut back on something back in college and have considered it a special treat now and then.
Most of the Texas BBQ sauces are quite thick and heavy on tomatoes. I grew up on thinner North Carolina vinegar based sauce which is very thin, so that took some getting used to.
Stubb’s Barbecue is not as thick as some Texas sauces, but it’s definitely a Texas sauce. You don’t find Stubb’s running off your meat and onto your potato salad which is a definite possibility when eating North Carolina que sauce. It’s just a good thick sauce that pours but does not clump up. I really do hate BBQ sauce that sits on top of the meat like whipped cream.
It’s really the flavor that blows me away – or the layered flavor. You take a bite of meat with Stubb’s sauce and get the sweet flavor. Then, the lower notes kick in with a little heat. Not too much. Not too little. Just perfect.
The only similar barbecue sauce I’ve tried was in Murphy, North Carolina from the flea market. There are two flea markets in Murphy, and I’m pretty sure that the sauce was from the one closer the Tennessee border. The guy made his own sauce and sold it in jugs. The jugs were white as I recall and had labels. But, sadly, the sauce dripped, so I could not read the contact information.
The Murphy, NC sauce was purchased six or eight years ago. We’ve been back to Murphy and the flea market, but I could not find the sauce man again. If anyone knows what I’m talking about or if the guy who makes the sauce reads my site, let me know. I am still wanting to order some more of that NC barbecue sauce. It’s a thinner sauce than Stubb’s and more like the pork sauce in the North Carolina.
I’ve looked for the Murphy sweet and then heat effect for several years now. I didn’t think I was ever going to find it again. Stubb’s has that same kind of combination flavor. It’s a little heavier on the tomato, but it’s a layered sauce with more depth than most barbecue sauces.
Stubb’s is one of the best barbecue sauces out there, and I definitely rate it five stars. It works well on any meat, but it’s especially good on beef – as a Texas sauce should be. It’s excellent on pork too, and that’s coming from a North Carolinian. We generally do not put tomato based sauces on our pork.
You can find Stubb’s Barbecue Sauce at grocery stores. Our local Food Lion has it on the bottom shelf. Bummer. They should move that up. I guess they figure that NC folks won’t buy a tomato based sauce, but when I serve this excellent sauce, locals ask what brand. It really does go over well. That’s saying a lot in vinegar sauce country. We are loyal to our style, but when a sauce is great, it’s great. And, Stubb’s makes the grade even here in North Carolina. We’re still going to do our vinegar sauce, but when we want a change of pace, it’s hard to beat Stubb’s BBQ sauce.