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Tue May 2, 2017

Sauced: Smokey 'Burbs Original BBQ Sauce & Giveaway

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Smokey 'Burbs BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Smokey 'Burbs BBQ Original BBQ Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$6.00 for 12oz at Smokey 'Burbs BBQ
Ingredients
Ketchup, Brown Sugar, Mustard, Cider Vinegar, Honey, Maple Syrup, Molasses, Hoisin Sauce, Water, Worcestershire Sauce, Orange Juice, Butter, Canola Oil, Salt, Hot Sauce, Spices, Granulated Garlic, Granulated Onion
Color
Rusty orange
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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An upfront, balanced combo of vinegar, tomato, and mustard gains a ton of complexity from supporting ingredients that makes Smokey 'Burbs BBQ Original BBQ Sauce a full-bodied, versatile, and crowd-pleasing choice.

Smokey 'Burbs BBQ Sauce

Background

John & Leah Orfini are the couple behind Smokey 'Burbs BBQ and their path into developing the sauce treads pretty familiar ground. The two started up a competition team called SmokeMonster BBQ out of Pearl River, NY—about 20 miles north of New York City, west of the Hudson. After getting their feet wet in competition 'cue, the couple took the next step and starting bottling their sauce and rub in 2015. They chose to focus on a Kansas City flavor with a bit of Carolina influence, comprised of natural products with no corn syrup, MSG, nuts, or fish, making the sauce enjoyable by almost all.

Aroma

First whiff of this sauce introduces a very tangy tomato aroma with a strong onion-y component. Sitting right behind the sweet ketchup smell is a mustard pungency, which is balanced out by sugary honey and a mellow molasses. A few deeper smells adds complexity with the introduction of garlic, earthy pepper, and a mild Worcestershire sauce. While there's definite sweetness, lost is the maple syrup that's noted prominently on the packaging.

Thickness & Texture

This rusty-orange sauce is smooth with a glossy sheen. While the sauce is opaque, the plethora of spices, which come in white, red, and black, are clearly visible. It's thickness is medium-thin, with the sauce falling in a fast, continuous pour from a suspended spoon. As the sauce slows, a few slow drips release before ceasing and leaving a light layer of sauce clinging to the silverware.

Out of the Jar

A strong honey starts out flavor here, but it's not too sweet and any sugariness is quickly balanced with a combo of acidic tomato and pungent mustard. All these combine to give the sauce a lot of character out of the gate and that complexity only grows as vinegar makes its way in along with undertones of garlic, onion, and Worcestershire. The tartness of the sauce then starts to increase, along with the mustard-y bite, as an earthy pepper comes in and quickly turns spicy. This leaves a full bodied aftertaste that's primarily tangy, spicy, and pungent.

Smokey 'Burbs BBQ Sauce

Slathered & Cooked

The sauce coated the chicken in a thin, even layer that baked down well over indirect heat. Over direct here, there was light caramelization and no burn off. The first thing to pop out in the flavor was a very clean, bright, and tangy tomato. This was thanks to some enhanced tang and sweetness, and a downplay of the mustard, which was only noticeable after a few bites, along with with the Worcestershire and other supporting players. The pepper also become more mellow, but still present, with the earthiness having more dominance than the heat.

Put to Use

I tend to preload my sauce reviews months in advance, and John contacted me about trying out his sauce in the winter, right at the tail end of a putting together reviews for the next few months. That meant I sat on this one for awhile, and after tasting it, I regret not experiencing its excellent flavor sooner. Out of the jar, there's a lot going on in the sauce, but a primary tomato, mustard, and vinegar combo dominate, while the plethora of additional ingredients combine in harmony to create a very interesting and pleasing background that's not quite like any other sauce. On the grill, the sauce performed like a champ, handling well over indirect and direct heat, and coming out with a clean and fresh flavor that still held a lot of the good things going for it out of the jar. That makes Smokey 'Burbs a pretty quality choice for any grilling need, whether it be basting on chicken or ribs or topping burgers or a piled of pulled pork—I can't imagine you wouldn't be pleased using this sauce in any application.

Giveaway

Start off the summer grilling season the best way possible, with a bottle of Smokey 'Burbs BBQ Sauce for free! If you'd like to be entered to win, all you have to do is comment on this post with your item you grill or smoke the most often. Deadline for entries is 11:59pm on Tuesday May 9, 2017. Read the official rules for more details. One entry only per individual. Good luck!

Comments

  • 01
  • Jeff says
    Duck, so much duck
    Posted Tue, May 2 2017 10:46am
  • 02
  • Peg says
    My favorite thing to grill right now is pork steak...my favorite thing tends to change periodically!
    Posted Tue, May 2 2017 2:31pm
  • 03
  • Cathy says
    Bone in chicken thighs are my favorite.
    Posted Tue, May 2 2017 2:38pm
  • 04
  • Jeff says
    Chicken wings!
    Posted Tue, May 2 2017 2:48pm
  • 05
  • Maria says
    BBQ veges!
    Posted Tue, May 2 2017 7:03pm
  • 06
  • Evil Timmy says
    Brisket
    Posted Tue, May 2 2017 8:22pm
  • 07
  • RITISBBQ says
    Briskets. Big juicy briskets.
    Posted Tue, May 2 2017 10:23pm
  • 08
  • note says
    Pork Butts and I can not lie.
    Posted Wed, May 3 2017 3:17pm
  • 09
  • kris says
    Pork chops!
    Posted Fri, May 5 2017 9:23am
  • 10
  • Kerry says
    Keeping things simple with chicken breast - of course with SmokeyBurbs BBQ!
    Posted Sat, May 6 2017 11:48am
  • 11
  • Jason aka Big Tuna says
    I mostly smoke brisket and grill chicken thighs. My rub is on point but i need better sauce, everything I get from the store is garbage, too thick and half corn syrup.
    Posted Sat, May 6 2017 1:00pm
  • 12
  • Susan D says
    I smoke a ton of pork tenderloin
    Posted Sat, May 6 2017 6:34pm
  • 13
  • Doug says
    Lamb.
    Posted Sun, May 7 2017 10:56am
  • 14
  • Liam says
    Why are these comments are so weird? Only 1 actually mentions the sauce being reviewed.
    Posted Fri, May 12 2017 12:29am
  • 15
  • Josh says
    @Liam, this was a giveaway of the sauce, and to enter you just had to comment with the "item you grill or smoke the most often." Congrats to Susan on winning!
    Posted Fri, May 12 2017 8:50am

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