Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Review: Draper's BBQ Smokin' Sauce

This might surprise some of you but I rarely make my own BBQ sauces.   In fact I am bit of a sauce ho.

I do make my own pulled pork sauce and my mustard sauce, but I generally use prepared sauces for other things.   I have about a dozen open sauces in my fridge right now. Alexis picks up sauces (usually based on the names), I buy them at festivals, and I get people sending me samples. 

So the last thing I need to be doing is ordering sauces by mail. But that's what I did last week. I had been hearing so much about Shane Draper's BBQSmokin' Sauce from folks on the forums and BBQ circuit that I had to try it.

I bought a bottle of the rub and sauce online and was amazed to receive it 36 hours later. Turns out Shane lives across the state line from us and was rushing to get his holiday weekend orders out so his customers would have them in time. The small sauce bottlers are all about quality and customer service.

I tested the rub and sauce out on your average yard bird this weekend. I seasoned the spatchcocked chicken with a good dose of Draper's A.P. Rub


Then I gave the bird a little over an hour of “applied charcoal therapy” bone side down over a 325f fire on a raised grill grate (8-9” from the heat source).

I mopped the chicken every 10-15 minutes with a mop mixture made of...

½ cup cider vinegar
½ cup beer
1 tsp Draper's A.P. Rub
1 splash hot sauce

When the bird reached an internal temp of 150f, I brushed some straight Smokin' Sauce onto it and let it finish out to 160f.


The aroma of the sauce cooked on to the chicken filled the house as I brought it in to rest. I didn't even have to call Trevor upstairs to come eat, the smell brought him down.

The sauce's consistency is thicker than the vinegary Carolina style sauces but thinner than the corn syrup laden commercial sauces on your grocery store aisles. Cooked on to the chicken it was right where it needed to be.


When I tasted the sauce by itself earlier, I thought it had too strong of a fruity and tomato flavor. But when it was grilled with the meat I think it had just the right balance of sweet, smoky, and a small bit of heat. I've also tried this on brisket and I liked it even better on beef.

I can't say how Draper'sBBQ Smokin' Sauce and AP Rub will do used in a competition since that's not my gig. But it works great in the back yard.

[Standard Disclaimer] blah blah blah, the usual.  I have no affiliation and get no compensation from Drapers' BBQ and paid full price for the sauce and rub.  

13 comments:

  1. Oh your a ho dont you know! A little blury but that was chicken porn.

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  2. Well, I'm not the least bit surprised you make your own sauce Chris. In fact I suspect you feel the same way about purchased sauces as I do bottled salad dressing.

    It's nice that you found one that pleases you. I'm making a note about Drapers because I've yet to find one in a store that I think holds a candle to homemade.

    Absolutely fabulous photos Chris. The first shot with the sauce and the chicken on the grill with the green outdoors in the background would make a great advertisement for Drapers.
    Sam

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  3. But you make your own beer, right?

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  4. Mail-order sauces. Sounds dirty.

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  5. Chris, I stand by what I said at the lake. You have a knack for capturing the heart of the subject brilliantly. Love the splayed chicken and the chicken leg photos. What lens did you use? I know Sam wrote, but I wanted to add my congrats and we'll be getting a thermometer.
    Meakin

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  6. Sauce ho... hehehe! That's ok, I am a sauce ho too! Although I love to make my own sauces, I have no problem buying a premade sauce... not only are some of them really frickin' good, but the ease of just opening the bottle and pouring is priceless!

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  7. Thank you for another thoughtful posting.

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  8. Thats a beautiful looking chicken! and 36 hr turn around, amazing! the sauce sounds like it'd be something we'd like here, sweet, tangy and spicy, yum! great review!

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  9. love it - sauce ho.

    It looks good. Where is my taste-o-net technology? I would even settle for smell-o-vision.

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  10. looks good, but the shipping and handling is $$$$$!

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  11. Though I've made my own sauces, and they are quite good, I have been buying pre-made stuff lately, so I'm glad I'm in such great company!

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