About 2-3 weeks ago, my wife was out running some errands. While she was out, she called me to let me know that she had some sauce for me to review. It caught me off-guard, but I got excited when she told me who she met. Heather went to The Meat House here in Charlotte to pick up some chicken. That day, Scott from Outta the Park BBQ Sauce was there doing a demo. So now I present to you a review of a sauce that I’ve looked forward to reviewing – Outta the Park BBQ Sauce.
(Image borrowed from Outta the Park BBQ Sauce website)
I had the chance to meet Scott this past weekend, and it was really interesting to hear the evolution of how Outta the Park came to be. It first started in the spring of 2008, and it was pure chance. In an attempt to use up remaining produce and goods in the refrigerator, he came up with a sauce that his wife Beth deemed so delicious that she immediately grabbed pen and paper and wrote down every detail in the making of that sauce. Eventually the husband-and-wife team were able to recreate the sauce on a consistent basis, and thus Outta the Park BBQ Sauce was born!
The sauce is all-natural with no additives, MSG, or high fructose corn syrup. It has also been tested by an independent 3rd-party laboratory and found to have a gluten detection level of less than 3 parts per million, qualifying it as a gluten-free product according to FDA voluntary labeling guidelines. (More info on their ingredients) It is also an award-winning sauce, having won a Scovie award the last 3 years in the All Natural Mild BBQ Sauce category. It has also received a 5-star rating from BBQ Sauce Reviews. So now let’s take a look at the sauce…
The label on the sauce bottle is very pleasing and easy on the eyes. One note to make is that the label is undergoing some changes, including adding indicators of its all-natural ingredients. The bottle is a tall, slim glass bottle and holds 15 ounces of sauce. It pours out fairly thick, at about the consistency of ketchup. Some of the spices and ingredients are visible in the sauce.
The aroma of the sauce is… wow… it’s just great! Sweetness, tanginess, and freshness all work together for an excellent blend. The flavor profiles line up with the flavors picked up in the aroma – sweet, tangy, and fresh! The sweetness is not a sugary sweetness, but more of a natural sweetness.
To the Meat of the Matter
I tried this sauce in a couple of different ways. First way was on chicken thighs. I did a test cook using several sauces on skinless chicken thighs that were seasoned with Oakridge BBQ Game Bird and Chicken Rub. The second way was on some pork chops seasoned with Draper’s BBQ A.P. Rub.
Chicken thigh close-up
This sauce tastes just as good when cooked on a meat as it does on its own… and maybe even better! The sweetness becomes a bit deeper, and the tanginess acts in a perfect balance. When my wife had one of the pork chops, she even commented on how tasty the sauce was! To me, that’s a winner.
You can find out more information about Outta the Park BBQ Sauce on their website http://www.outtatheparksauce.com. On their site you can find a list of brick-and-mortar retailers as well as online retailers. They can also be found on Facebook, so go check them out today!