Published: December 5, 2012
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In the inaugural BBQ sauce adventure combining two avid sites, SauceAuthority.com and GrillingwithRich.com, I wanted to give our fans a head-to-head matchup of similar sauces in tastes but with two completely different backgrounds to see which one I would prefer. Going into the comparison, I really tried not being bias toward the sauce that I had tried more times than the other.
I took it upon myself to compare two BBQ sauces that in ‘name,’ they are somewhat similar, but have two totally different paths to their current status. I wanted to compare a sauce that is all through a number of stores and one that is primarily found online or in a local market.
The first two I put up against each other was Stubb’s Sweet Heat Bar-B-Que sauce against Pig of the Month Cattle King Texas Brisket Sweet and Smokey BBQ sauce. Stubb’s can be found all around the country on shelves while the Pig of the Month sauce is more of an online product produced in Dayton, Ohio.
Let’s first take a look at Stubb’s Sweet Heat Bar-B-Que sauce. C.B. Stubblefield, aka Stubbs, was born in West Texas and began his chef days at the mess hall in the U.S. Army. After completing his tours, Stubbs moved to Lubbock, Texas and in 1968, made his first official Stubb’s BBQ Sauce. He moved to Austin in the 1980s and after an appearance on the David Letterman Show, his business took off. He now has six different kinds of barbeque sauce.
This one in particular is the Sweet Heat, which combines many flavors of molasses, brown sugar and chipotle that creates a very good sauce with a decent amount of heat and a little kick. It was very impressive even though I anticipated a little more heat. Regardless, a sauce that is produced in very large mass amounts sometimes loses a little bit of its luster. Not Stubb’s. “I’m a cook, ladies and gentlemen,” is Stubb’s motto and I would think that the Sweet Heat is a great addition to pretty much anything on the grill.
Moving on to the Pig of the Month, Sweet and Smokey BBQ sauce, it is manufactured in the BBQ capital of the world — wait for it — Dayton, Ohio! In all seriousness though, even though it might not be the hotbed of BBQ sauce, it still is a great sauce that rivals many. It is sold primarily online and is shipped nationally.
Pig of the Month was started as the Richards Family (and I can’t even make this story up) would go on family vacations geared around trying new sauces throughout the country, from the top names, to the top restaurants, to the top mom-and-pop shops. After gaining tips, recipes and ideas from you name it, they started making it themselves and began selling it a short time later. Now, Leah Richards, the “head hog” is leading the way for a group of sauces that truly are amazing, even if they aren’t on the Stubb’s status…yet.
Pig of the Month does an awesome job with their labels and you can tell that there is a lot of time put into making the different labels. The Richards Family seems like they are a close-knit family who has “fun” running through the blood and through their sauce!
The Sweet and Smokey sauce is very runny in texture, but I was thoroughly impressed with the actual taste of the sauce. It added a perfect compliment and I can see why Pig of the Month is doing so well in their BBQ sauce adventures. Since it is runny, you would have to be careful of not pouring it all over the foods on the grill, but don’t hesitate because it truly is mouth-watering.
All in all, comparing the two sauces of one big, brand name compared to that of a local, online brand, I’m going to be honest and say that I would go Pig of the Month on this. I am a big Stubb’s fan, always have been, but Pig of the Month has really opened my eyes. I love all of their sauces I’ve tried and this Sweet and Smokey sauce tips the scale against Stubb’s. Nothing personal to Stubb’s, but great job by the folks at Pig of the Month on the Sweet and Smokey sauce. You won’t be disappointed in either, but give Pig of the Month a try. Tell them we sent you!