BBQ background (Val): We first tried Cattlemen's Gold at a local BBQ joint in Lincoln called Parker's Rib Ranch a few years ago. (Now called Parker's Smokehouse.) They have a variety of sauces there, and most of them are pretty "normal" bbq sauces--what you would expect from a typical BBQ joint. This sauce, however is a different take on BBQ.
Cattlemen's Gold is a tangy mustard-based sauce. This is good news for Dave, since mustard is his thing, his Kobe, but for those of us non-mustard lovers, it leaves quite a bit to be desired in BBQ heaven. This is the first sauce that Dave and I don't see eye to eye on.
This is a staple for Dave that we usually keep on hand, but not one that I indulge in.
Cattlemen's Gold is far from my favorite sauce. The overwhelming mustard flavor prevents me from noticing any true BBQ aspects this sauce. I typically like my BBQ sauces to have a tomato base with some sweetness, some heat and a good texture. This one, to me, just tastes like mustard. If you like mustard, you'll probably love this sauce. Hate it, and this sauce is not for you.
Blasphemy! This is a phenomenal sauce and everybody should give it a shot. Very sweet and delicious. Goes with every kind of BBQ I can think of. Only thing holding it back from a "10" is that it's hard to get a hold of (oftentimes sold out) and could stand a little more heat for my tastes. That said, just add some of your favorite hot ground pepper and it takes it to the next level.
Although we buy this sauce from Parker's Smokehouse, the sauce is not homemade there. They order the sauce in but allow customers to purchase bottles at the restaurant. If you're not from Lincoln and want to give the sauce a try, the only place I could locate it online is here.
Saturday, February 13, 2010