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Uncle Joe’s BBQ Sauce-In-A-Bag

Sunday, 8 May 2011 20:32 by nico

Two weeks ago I took part in a Friday Giveway contest on BBQ Sauce Reviews in order to win two packages of Uncle Joe’s BBQ rub and a recipe book.
I was amongst the lucky winners and Sandy, owner of Uncle Joe’s, was kind enough to send me the package overseas. And I got quite surprised when I realized I received more stuff than expected !

I’ll have the opportunity to taste their complete range of products Cool

Uncle Joes range of sauce
Uncle Joe’s can be used as a BBQ rub (a mixture of spices applied to the meat before cooking) or mixed to ketchup and liquid (water, apple juice, beer, cola, …) to make a barbecue sauce. It’s really fun to make because you can choose the amount of ketchup and liquid you use and even add more spices so the sauce fits your personal taste.

I tried the Honey Mesquite and Chipotle flavours to make  two sauces based on the standard ratio mentioned on the package (2 tbsp. ketchup – I used Heinz, 4 tbsp. Uncle Joe’s, 6 tbsp. water).

I used the Chipotle sauce on chicken skewers. It has a really nice colour and consistency (not too thick and not too thin) and a good smoky smell. Cold, it tastes very “round” at first with a strong tomato taste, and then come the spicy chilli peppers. The spicy kick stays after cooking.

Uncle Joes Chipotle chicker skewers

I used the Honey Mesquite sauce on ribs. Again, really nice color and consistency. The honey gives a really nice sweet taste, followed by a subtle spicy kick (which disappears a bit after cooking). It was perfect on the ribs and all the guests liked it !

Uncle Joes Honey Mesquite ribs[YUMMY UPDATE] : This looks disgusting compared to the next picture !

I still have to taste the Original Blend and Southwest flavours, but the Chipotle and furthermore the Honey Mesquite are delicious !

I’d also like to test them as rub and to make sauce with a different liquid base like cola or Chimay beer… so I’ll certainly talk about Uncle Joe’s again !

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I had another try with the Honey Mesquite and Chipotle flavours. I used apple juice as a base for the Honey Mesquite one, and cola for the Chipotle one.

Naturally, it gave a much sweeter taste to the sauces. Honey Mesquite and apple juice gave a really beautiful caramel consistency during cooking. For the ribs, I put in practice the indirect cooking, which completely changed the taste of the meat. I will definitely use this method every time I cook ribs !

ribs with Uncle Joes 
From top to bottom: ribs with Honey Mesquite,
ribs with honey marinade, ribs with homemade bbq sauce

For the chicken skewers, I firstly used the Chipotle dry, as rub, and coated the skewers with sauce at the end of grilling.

Uncle Joes Chipotle chicken skewers with rub 

Ingredients Honey Mesquite:

Sugar, Corn Starch, Chili Peppers, Spices, Garlic, Natural Smoke Flavor, Honey Powder (Honey, Wheat Starch, Calcium Stearate and Lecithin), Vinegar Powder (Maltodextrin, Modified Food Starch and White Distilled Vinegar), Paprika and Silicon Dioxide

Ingredients Chipotle:

Sugar, Corn Starch, Chili Peppers, Spices, Garlic, Hickory Smoke Flavor (Maltodextrin, Natural Smoke Flavor and Hydrated Silicon Dioxide), Vinegar Powder (Maltodextrin, Modified Food Starch and White Distilled Vinegar), Paprika, Molasses Powder (Molasses, Wheat Starchn Silicon Dioxide) and Silicon Dioxide

Nutrition information per serving 1/4 tsp:

  • Protein: 0g (2g in Honey Mesquite)
  • Carbohydrates : 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0g
  • Sodium: 0g
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Smokey Joe and his big brother

Wednesday, 8 September 2010 06:35 by nico

We’ve moved in our new apartment for one month now, and we finally have a garden ! That means… barbecue time ! Cool

And as 2 barbecues are better than one, we chose a green Weber Smokey Joe and an original one of 57 cm Sealed


In Belgium, summer time is almost over (rain and wind have replaced sun and blue skies) but we’ve had the opportunity to cook some delicious meat on both of them.

I’m familiarizing myself with indirect grilling and I feel like making my own marinades and homemade brochettes Wink

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I’ve got mail…

Friday, 2 July 2010 05:59 by nico

Some days ago, Brian of BBQ Sauce Reviews organized a contest whose price was a bottle of Outta The Park BBQ Sauce, and I was one of the lucky winners !

And today, a package from Cary, North Carolina, arrived in my mailbox Smile

Outta The Park package

And here it is !

Outta The Park

Scott, the owner of the company, enclosed 2 nice magnets in the package, which look great on our magnetic wall Cool

Outta The Park magnet 
As you can read on the magnet, the sauce is all-natural without any artificial flavors or products. And it tastes great !
I haven’t had the time yet to taste it on meat or vegetables, but the next review will certainly talk about this sauce Wink

Thanks to Brian and Scott !

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Lays Oven Baked Barbecue

Thursday, 17 June 2010 05:41 by nico

One year ago we reviewed the Pringles Texas BBQ Sauce and Kettle Honey Barbecue chips and today we’ve found the brand new Lays Oven Baked Barbecue flavour !

The “Oven Baked” range of chips are known for their low amount of fat, which is of course healthier, so you can eat more of them (and without having greasy fingers !)

Lays Baked Barbecue

The inside of the package reveals a smokey smell of paprika which makes us think to a barbecue in the garden during a sunny day Cool

They also taste like paprika chips, but again with a distinctive smokey flavour… in short, a very good choice for the aperitif !

Can be found in Belgian supermarkets
150g per pack


potato flakes, starch, sunflower oil, BBQ flavour [sugar, rusk (from wheat), flavour enhancer (monosodium glutamate), dextrose, flavouring (contains wheat, barley, milk and lactose), paprika powder, onion powder, tomato powder, garlic powder, parsley, acidity regulator (citric acid, malic acid), colour (paprika extract), smoke flavouring], sugar, emulsifier (soy lecithin), dextrose, salt.

Nutrition information per 100g:

  • Energy: 400kcal
  • Protein: 6.5g
  • Carbohydrates (of which sugars): 73g (9.0g)
  • Fat (of which saturates): 9.0g (1.2g)
  • Fibre: 5.5g
  • Sodium: 0.6g
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A spicy blog

Saturday, 29 May 2010 06:41 by nico

I’ve just came across the really nice blog of (a spicy and bbq sauce retailer who ships to France, Belgium, Luxemburg and Switzerland… that’s interesting !).

The blog features sauce reviews, recipes and facts about spicy sauce. 
It has lots of content and a nice layout (it makes me think that I really should improve the design of this blog) but it’s only available in french.

Check it out !


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