Review: Butcher BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce

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Normally I would try to put in some kind of catchy, witty opening that would eventually segue into talking about the product that I’m reviewing.  However, today’s product really doesn’t need any kind of fancy lead-in.  So without any further delay, let’s take a look at Butcher BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce!

Butcher BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce

Butcher BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce

Butcher BBQ is the brainchild of David Bouska.  Based in Chandler, OK, Butcher BBQ began in 1982 as Bouska was learning the ins and outs of beef, pork, and poultry while working at a meat market.  In 2006, Bouska hit the local competition circuit with very good results and decided to take his products on the market.  To this day, Butcher BBQ is one of the more successful teams on the competition circuit.  Butcher BBQ has an extensive line of injections, rubs, and sausage spices.  But to the best of my knowledge, this is Bouska’s only entry into the sauce market.  So let’s check it out!

Naked Observations

At first glimpse, the sauce appears to be a classic KC style thick and sweet sauce.  It has a nice dark red color.  However, when pouring it out, the rate at which it pours out of the bottle indicates that there is another ingredient that slightly thins out the sauce.  I looked at the ingredient label, and sure enough distilled vinegar and apple cider vinegar are listed as two of the ingredients.

Sauce Swatch

Sauce Swatch

Sauce Close-Up

Sauce Close-Up

When taking a sample taste, I find that there many different levels of sweetness.  With some sauces, there is just one predominant level of sweet (usually from high fructose corn syrup).  With this sauce, there seem to be multiple dimensions of sweetness that balance out well with a slight tang.  There is not much heat (if any) in this sauce.

To the Meat of the Matter

Plain and simple, ribs.  Spare ribs trimmed down to St. Louis style cut, to be exact.  I used the sauce as my finishing glaze on ribs that I cooked as part of a company BBQ.  If you’re interested in reading exactly how I cooked them, you can find a full write-up here.  Needless to say, the ribs ended up with a beautiful color, and I only had five rib bones left over out of nine racks of ribs.  I’d say it was a success!

Ribs finished with Butcher BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce

Ribs finished with Butcher BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce

Pile of Ribs.  Apologies for the fuzzy picture.

Pile of Ribs. Apologies for the fuzzy picture.

I would definitely recommend this sauce to anyone.  It has an excellent flavor that will work great on most meats.

Butcher BBQ’s website is  From there, you can order any of their products online.  You can also find Butcher BBQ on Facebook.


2 responses to “Review: Butcher BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce

  1. Hey Wayne – what are the darker spices in that close up sauce on a plate shot? Looks like pepper, but you said the heat was pretty tame.

    • There was an element of spice to the taste of the sauce, so I’m guessing it was black pepper. I’d have to go back and look at the ingredient list again to double-check and be sure. But that’s my guess.

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