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A while back, Kevin’s BBQ Joints hosted a contest in conjunction with Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q out of Georgia. That was the first I had heard of them. However, after reading about the history of their establishment, I knew I had to try their sauce out.
Getting this sauce was a bit of an ordeal for me. First off, I was not able to find it anywhere in the greater Charlotte area. While visiting my in-laws in Hendersonville, NC one weekend, I happened to stumble upon their original BBQ sauce at Ingles (a grocery store chain). So naturally, I picked up a bottle to bring home… only to have it fall out of the car and completely shatter! Just my luck. However, the guys at Williamson Bros. were gracious enough to ship me a replacement bottle (along with a bottle of their Chipotle BBQ sauce). For that I’m very appreciative and thankful! Now, on to the good stuff!.
I immediately notice three things when I look at the sauce. First, the sauce is a bit thinner than your classic Kansas City style sauces, but not nearly as thin as your Eastern Carolina style vinegar sauces. Second, the color of the sauce is not as dark as sauces that traditionally use more amounts of brown sugar and/or molasses. Third, there are a lot of specks of spice in that sauce!
I took a taste test and found that while the sauce was sweet, it was not overly sweet. The ketchup/tomato base is definitely the star here. I could definitely taste the multiple spices in the sauce. There were also some hints of chili powder as well.
To the Meat of the Matter
Unfortunately, there are no food photos today. I decided to use the sauce on some smoked sausage I was cooking on the grill. I went to brush the sauce on during the last few minutes of cooking on the grill. Because the sauce was not as thick, it did not adhere to the meat quite as well. I also used it as a dipping sauce while eating, and to me the flavors of the smoked sausage somewhat overpowered the flavors brought to the table by the sauce.
In my opinion, this is a sauce that would probably work best as a basting sauce (especially for ribs) or as a sauce used on pulled pork. The sauce is thin enough to permeate the meat, yet not so thin that there is nothing left on the surface.
So in short, I did not have the best meat to use while reviewing this sauce. If you are looking for a really sweet sauce, this is probably not the one for you. However, if you are looking for a sauce that’s a little more mellow on the sweet side and is packed with spice, then this will be the sauce for you!
Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q has three restaurant locations in Georgia — Marietta, Canton, and Douglasville. They have an online store where you can purchase their sauces as well as spices, bulk sauces, and fully cooked BBQ meats. Their website is http://www.williamsonbros.com, and you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.