Published: May 11, 2011
For this week’s BBQ Sauce review we are going to be reviewing Ubon’s BBQ Sauce.
To get us in the mood for Memphis in May (which is now only two days away if you haven’t noticed I am not counting down at all!) I wanted to try a competition team’s barbecue sauce. So I decided that what a great idea for this week’s Wednesday Barbecue sauce reviews to try Ubon’s of Yazzoo Mississippi barbecue sauce. Even though we are going to be interviewing them tomorrow on our Meet the Pros, let me give you a little bit of background on Ubons of Yazzoo Mississippi.
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In 1989 Garry and Elaine got involved with cooking on the Memphis in May World BBQ Competition circuit to help introduce Ubon’s Dipping BBQ Sauce to the world. To their surprise it was not only a lot of hard work but it was also a lot of fun. With several friends they formed the Ubon’s BBQ of Yazoo Cooking Team. They went from cooking on a little backyard BBQ grill under a borrowed funeral home tent to a 16-foot BBQ tailor loaded with 2 custom made cookers. Since 1989 they have competed in 71 Memphis in May sanctioned contest winning First Place in 51 entries and being overall Grand Champions in 23 events. In addition, they have competed in The Memphis in May World Championship Competition 11 times and have won a 1st Place in 1996 and 2nd Place in 2003. They were also 5 time Mississippi State BBQ Champions and 2 time Illinois State BBQ Champions. They were named in the Top Ten Teams in the nation by Memphis in May 1991-1998 and Top 20 teams 1999-2001. Local contests held throughout the country range from 15-100 competitors, while the Memphis in May World Championship Competition averages 250 teams from all over the world. Some contests such as the Jack Daniel’s Invitational, a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned competition, is limited to competitors who have won either a State Championship or a contest with over 75 teams competing. Ubon’s has competed in that competition on 4 different occasions.
Okay now that we have the background of Ubons BBQ Sauce it is now time for the review! This past weekend in addition to making smoked chicken I made some chicken wings and applied some Ubons BBQ Sauce to them.
I really enjoyed both the texture of the sauce (it being a little thin and not to thick) and also the taste of the sauce, this is one of my favorite barbecue sauces that I have tried or at least in my top 5! The taste of the barbecue was spot on it had some great smokey flavoring which wasn’t over powering but refreshing. Believe it or not, the one thing that I didn’t like about the sauce was that it was lacking some spiciness. I know, I know Grilling with Rich fans, I can’t believe that I am saying this, but now that I am trying more and more barbecue sauces, I actually like a little heat with my barbecue sauce (I am still do not enjoy “extra hot” or even “massively hot” barbecue sauce so do not worry!) The other thing that I liked about the sauce was the texture of the sauce. From the look of the bottle it seemed to me that the texture of the sauce would be really thick but I was surprised that this wasn’t the case and even more surprised to see that the texture of the sauce was very thin. The sauce was a perfect addition to my chicken wings.
The label of the sauce bottle – This was another aspect of the barbecue sauce that I enjoyed. It was plain and simple and also full of great colors and it had all the necessary information, and it felt like I was sitting in the restaurant with a bottle of sauce on my table.
Overall, I really enjoy this great barbecue tasting barbecue sauce. You can feel the history and the barbecue love that was put into the bottle of the sauce. I will be adding this sauce to ever growing list of favorite list of barbecue sauces that I really like. I know that this is sauce will be in my upper refrigerator for all my guests to enjoy!
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