Hack's BBQ Sauce


Hack's BBQ Sauce was created by Stephen Dodd in 1999. With his wife's health in mind (story here), he set out to create a sauce that contained no onions or peppers, but still provided plenty of flavor. Stephen's background in chemical engineering translated well to the kitchen. After much experimentation, he formulated an ultra thick, sweet and tangy sauce that his friends and family raved over. Eventually, Stephen decided to bottle and sell his sauce commercially. Thus, Hack's was born.

I had the opportunity to sample Hack's signature sauce this week. The sauce comes in a stout 20 oz. bottle with great looking label. The overall packaging of Hack's was very nice. In the bottle, the sauce has a beautiful dark red color.

Hack's has a bold, smokey aroma. I poured (or at least tried to pour) the sauce into a bowl to examine the texture. It's probably the thickest sauce that I've encountered. Hack's also has a slightly grainy texture compared to the typical smooth, glossy consistancy that most BBQ sauces exhibit.

The absence of peppers and onions doesn't hurt this sauce one bit. The sauce is still a bold blend of sweet, smokey and tangy flavors. Hack's was very good brushed on BBQ chicken. The thickness does limit its uses a bit, but it makes a fine finishing baste for chicken and ribs.

If you have digestive issues with onions or peppers, don't let that stop you from enjoying BBQ. Hack's is a quality sauce option that packs plenty of flavor despite its missing ingredients. You don't need to have an aversion to onions or peppers to enjoy Hack's. If you enjoy a thick, sticky sauce on your chicken or ribs, Hack's is a nice option for just about anybody.

View Hack's website by clicking the title of this review. Hack's can be purchased online or in several specialty stores in Illinois. See how Hack's compares to other sauces on the "Product Reviews" page.

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