The Journey Begins
In the vast wilderness of the internet, there exists a sacred barbecue sauce, mysterious and elusive. Its name? Cattleman’s BBQ Sauce. Intriguingly, this sauce boasts an enigmatic history, shrouded in secrecy. While the website and bottle only reveal tantalizing snippets about “30 years of experience” and being the “#1 choice of professional chefs,” we must embark on our own quest for knowledge. What we do know is that Cattlemen’s is a widely available brand found in supermarkets, distributed by French’s Foods. However, it seems that the sauce has undergone a transformation, with “Cattlemen’s Classic Barbecue Sauce” now being called “Cattlemen’s Kansas City Classic.” Despite this rebranding, the recipe remains unchanged, keeping the essence intact.
Unveiling the Aroma
When you first encounter Cattleman’s BBQ Sauce, an alluring fragrance envelops your senses. The deep, robust scent of tomatoes permeates the air, accompanied by a hint of hickory smoke. The sweetness is subtle, with a touch of molasses, while a tangy mustard undertone adds intrigue.
Thickness & Texture: A Delicate Balance
As the sauce cascades from a spoon, you’ll notice its medium thickness, speckled with visible spices. Delighting in the spectacle, you may detect a slight grittiness within its otherwise velvety texture. This unique combination contributes to the unmistakable character of Cattleman’s BBQ Sauce.
Journey into Flavor
Exploring further, we dive into the heart of the sauce itself. On your palate, a distinctive grittiness greets your taste buds, offering a polarizing experience. Bold and unapologetic, the flavors demand attention. The initial burst of tomato quickly surrenders the stage to a robust vinegar presence. However, amidst the symphony of intensity, smokiness lingers, providing a second layer of depth. Unraveling this culinary masterpiece, hints of garlic and onion make their presence known. Although high fructose corn syrup and molasses occupy prominent positions on the ingredients list, sweetness takes a back seat in this composition.
Grilling Magic Unleashed
When subjected to the flames, the true potential of Cattleman’s BBQ Sauce blossoms. Against all expectations, the gritty texture and dominating flavors transform into a delightful surprise. The sauce boasts remarkable grilling properties, embracing the meat with unwavering determination. As it gently bakes in layers, an exquisite caramelization ensues. The tomato essence, now more pronounced and robust, harmonizes with the gentle kiss of smoke. The overpowering vinegar flavor gracefully retreats, allowing the sweetness to emerge, creating a well-balanced masterpiece. This sauce elevates the humble barbecue chicken to new heights, deserving a place amongst our personal favorites.
Unveiling Its Culinary Realm
Though initially dismissed as an ordinary supermarket offering, Cattleman’s BBQ Sauce defies expectations when applied to the grill. Marvelous on chicken, this sauce truly showcases its intense tomato flavor and remarkable caramelization abilities. However, its allure extends beyond poultry, and it can gracefully enhance the flavors of ribs and other pork products. Nevertheless, within the vast and diverse world of barbecue sauces, Cattleman’s falls just above average. Yet, if your grilling adventures are confined to the realm of supermarket offerings, this sauce undoubtedly stands as a solid choice, ready to accompany your culinary endeavors.
Published on Thu Jan 20, 2011 by Joshua Bousel