Review: BBQ STU’S “Steel City Blast Furnace” BBQ Sauce
Somewhere in Mckeesport, PA, larks Stu Wilson, the mastermind of BBQ Stu’s BBQ sauces. Their web-site states that they currently sell 2 sauces: “Original” and “Steel City Blast Furnace”. The web-site also states that “Rasberry Chipotle” and “Carolina Mustard” are coming soon. The label states that these other sauces are currently available, so I am a little confused. The label itself is average. What is important here (marketing 101) is that you should be able to look at the bottle without turning it and know what it is. This label does do that. I am not at all confused by the “taste and see” across the top. I’ll crack that code for you shortly.
Ingredients: Tomato Puree, (Water, Tomato Paste), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Vinegar, Molasses, Sugar, Pineapple Juice Concentrate, Salt, Modified Food starch, Natural Smoke Flavor, Garlic, Onion, Mustard Flour, Spices.
As much as I dislike breaking down all of the ingredients like Molasses (water, sugar), the label has to be consistent and it’s something that now has to be done.
Aroma: Very rich, sweet with a mild hint of smoke, pineapple and tomato. No signs of vinegar. You can sense a little heat in the aroma but no hot ingredients are listed.
Consistency: Stick to your ribs thick. Perfect and not over processed.
Heat: The name implies heat. The ingredient list does not. The web-site states that this sauce is not for the weak hearted or soft tongued. The web-site says the mystery heat comes from cayenne peppers. Folks, you just can’t have mysteries when it comes to FDA guidelines. Did I find heat? Yes, but not much. Cayenne hits me instantly and litterally drinking spoon fulls produced a slight and I mean slight burn. I’m not really into heat when I barbecue, so I have no complaints
P.O. Box 111
Mckeesport, PA 15134