I like to keep up with various BBQ blogs around the Internet. One of those blog is The “Q” Review. Derek is constantly cranking out reviews of various BBQ sauces, rubs, and other items. He will also run the occasional contest. Some time back, he ran a giveaway that I was fortunate enough to win. The prize: Bill’s Best Organic BBQ Sauce.
Bill’s Best Organic BBQ Sauce is the product of Bill Fehon. A teacher for 32 years, he created the recipe for this sauce sometime in the early 1990s. Initially he made it for family and friends, and the sweet and tangy blend of flavors appealed to many people. In the fall of 2009, Bill was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Degeneration, a rare form of dementia. As a result, he is no longer able to make the sauce. However, his family has taken up the mantle and is selling the sauce, with 10% of profits from all sales going to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration in hopes of finding a cure.
Bill’s Best BBQ is located in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania (just outside of Philadelphia). Their sauces are certified organic. There is currently only one flavor available (original), but a spicy version of the sauce is currently in development and should be available by the end of March.
The sauce comes in an 18 oz. glass bottle. The label invokes feelings of nostalgia with the black and white photo, and there is a clear marking of the organic certification. It pours out nice and thick. A taste of the sauce reveals a richness along with multiple layers of sweetness from the ketchup, dark brown sugar, and blackstrap molasses. There is also a tangy flavor to counterbalance the multiple levels of sweetness and just a touch of bitterness from the blackstrap molasses. The sauce also touts having some heat, however I could not detect any significant heat. So this is a safe sauce for you non-heat lovers.
This sauce doesn’t present any complex flavors, but the flavors presented work quite nicely together.
To the Meat of the Matter
I decided that a good test for this sauce would be on some chicken. I used this sauce (along with several others) on a test chicken cook. I seasoned some chicken thighs with some Oakridge BBQ Game Bird & Chicken Rub before putting them on the Weber kettle. I sauced the thighs liberally with the sauce approximately 10 minutes before the thighs were finished cooking.
The sauce stays nice and thick when cooked on the chicken, and the flavors when cooked are consistent with the flavors when tasted standalone. The one big thing I noticed is that touch of bitterness that was present was no longer noticeable. When you think of classic grilled chicken with BBQ sauce, this should be the sauce that comes to mind.
If you are interested in finding out more about Bill’s Best Organic BBQ Sauce, you can go to their website at http://www.billsbestbbq.com. Their sauce is available for purchase from their site as well. You can also find Bill’s Best on Facebook.