Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces are packaged in 12 oz. glass bottles. The stylish labels are some of the best I've come across. The color scheme looks great contrasted with the rich, brown sauce.
Pork Barrel Sweet has a medium thickness. The sauce is dark brown and speckled with even darker spices. The sauce is aptly named as it features several natural sweeteners like molasses, brown sugar and honey. To contrast the deep sweetness, the sauce also features a mild vinegar tang a noticeable smokey element. The combination of ingredients creates a sauce reminiscent of the dark, molasses sauces I encountered on my trip to Memphis.
Pork Barrel recommends their sauce for nearly any BBQ application. However, given the texture and flavors, I thought the sauce best suited for chicken and ribs. I used Pork Barrel Sweet for smoked ribs and chicken. The sauce worked very well as a finishing glaze for both meats. The sugars in the sauce caramelized under the heat, enhancing their flavors.
Though I haven't had the chance to try it, I could see Pork Barrel Sweet being very good on smoked pulled pork. Regardless of which meat you pair Pork Barrel Sweet with, I would definitely recommend heating the sauce. Like many sauces, Pork Barrel Sweet takes on an entire different profile once it has been heated.
Pork Barrel Sweet is quite different than the other sweet sauces that I've been using of late. However, it has been a welcome change. You can order your own Pork Barrel products directly from their website. See how they rate on our "Product Reviews" page.