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Big Ed’s Heirloom BBQ Sauce

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:43 by nico

It has been a long time since I’ve wanted to taste this one and I got the opportunity to receive 2 bottles for doing a review. It’s time to take a closer look at it !

Big Eds Heirloom BBQ Sauce

First off, the visual identity is great – I love the typo, it’s simple but effective, looks very clean and very professional.

Let’s switch to the contents of the bottle. It’s an Eastern North Carolina sauce (made in South Carolina), thus a thin, watery, vinegar based sauce. If your idea of BBQ sauce is a thick and sweet sauce, this one is just the opposite.

When you open the bottle and take a sniff, it strikes the nose hard ! It’s pungent but if you like (apple cider) vinegar like me, it opens a lot of possibilities: you might wanna try replacing vinegar in your daily cooking with this sauce. That’s what I did by deglazing diced ham with the sauce or used it as a salad dressing. I’ve even added some Big Ed’s alongside the Worcestershire sauce (and soy sauce) in my Brunswick stew.

Ribs mopped with Big Eds Heirloom BBQ Sauce

I also had a try on smoked ribs. I rubbed them with Uncle Joe’s Original Blend and after being smoked with hickory for 3 hours and wrapped in foil for 2 hours, I gave the ribs a little glaze with Big Ed’s and put them back in the smoker for 20 minutes. Finally, as advised by Matthew (the Sauce Boss at Pigtrail Brands) I poured some sauce on the ribs once served. 
I usually baste some KC style sauce in the last minutes of cooking and this was a refreshing change: the subtle and lightly sweet flavor of the sauce was a great combination with smoked pork and didn’t cover the taste of the meat.

I had a first try at smoked beef short ribs, though the short ribs were a bit overcooked and tough, the sauce poured on hot thin slices of short ribs was nice too, but suited pork better (I also tried it on cold slices of short ribs but didn’t really like it, it’s way better with warm meat !)

Ribs and short ribs mopped with Big Eds Heirloom BBQ Sauce

The sauce can also be used as marinade. My final test was thus to marinate chicken breasts before searing them in a pan. The chicken turned out pretty good, with a light tangy taste due to the apple cider vinegar and a bit of caramelization going on on the outside.

Big Eds Marinated Chicken - Before
Notice the nice texture of the sauce

Big Eds Marinated Chicken - After

Final thoughs


As you’ve guessed, I really like this sauce. It’s not for everyone (for beer lovers I’d compare it to a good gueuze) but the cool thing is that it’s quite versatile, unlike sweet and sticky BBQ sauces. It’s great with pork (I’ve saved some to pour on the first pork butt I’ll be smoking soon) and chicken but suits beef less in my opinion.

You can read more about the sauce on BBQ Sauce Reviews, on the Pigtail Brands website or on their Facebook page.

Ingredients:

Apple Cider Vinegar, Ketchup (Tomato Concentrate, Distilled Vinegar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Salt, Spice and Natural Flavorings), Worcestershire Sauce (Distilled Vinegar, Molasses, Water, Sugar, Onions, Anchovies, Salt, Garlic, Cloves, Tamarind Extract, Natural Flavorings, Chili Pepper Extract), Hot Pepper Sauce (Aged Red Cayenne Peppers, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Garlic and Xanthum Gum), Spices

Nutrition information per serving (30ml):

  • Calories: 15
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 150mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 3g
  • Protein: 0g
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