I don’t know who G Hughes is or why he agreed to put his name on this product. I do know he has made a terrible mistake. This review is specifically for Hickory flavor of G Hughes Smokehouse Sugar Free BBQ Sauce, but I have to assume the the other flavors (Original, Honey, Maple Brown) are similarly bad. I’m not about to pay G Hughes another dollar to find out.
Why I Tried It
I came across G Hughes Smokehouse Sugar Free BBQ Sauce in my local grocery store when trying to find a low carb alternative BBQ sauce that would fit into my ketogenic diet. I wanted a sauce to put on the pulled pork that I had smoked earlier on my Smokenator 1000 equipped Weber Kettle. The nutrition label showed 3gm net carbs, which is super low for a tomato based BBQ sauce. This a sauce that would definitely fit within my keto macros for the day. I was optimistic that I had found a great alternative to the high-carb BBQ sauces that were no longer part of my diet.
Too Good To Be True
We like to put meal sized portions of smoked pulled pork away in the freezer so that we can enjoy them all winter long. Typically we thaw the pork in the fridge over night and then cook it slowly in a covered sauce pan with a little apple juice added to keep it moist and tender. Then we divvy it up and sauce the each person’s portion individually with the sauce of their choice.
I put a generous pile of pork on my plate, topped it with a few tablespoons of G Hughes Smokehouse Sugar Free BBQ Sauce and mixed it in a bit. The sauce had a good color and consistency compared to the many other sauces I’ve had over the years. Then I tasted it.
The first thing I noticed was the sweetness. It was syrupy sweet. Not great, but not terrible. Then the flavor kicked in… The flavor was somewhat familiar, yet strange. Then the strange part blossomed into full on aftertaste that I was not expecting. At that point, I had realized I had made a terrible mistake. This was BBQ sauce in name only.
It’s as if an extra-terrestrial landed on earth and had the misfortune of visiting an Arby’s and then fell in love with Arby’s Sauce. Then, said alien returned to its home planet and was determined to recreate the Arby’s Sauce magic it had experienced on Earth…only without any of the actual ingredients that go into a BBQ sauce.
G Hughes Smokehouse Sugar Free BBQ Sauce tastes like it was made in a chemistry lab instead of a kitchen. This product contains sucralose (Splenda), so you might be tempted to blame the bad aftertaste on the sweetener. However, I have used sucralose products for many years and have never noticed the bizarre chemical aftertaste that showed up in this sauce.
The makers of G Hughes Smokehouse Sugar Free BBQ Sauce had good intentions in creating this product. Most tomato based sauces on your grocery store shelf simply won’t fit into any low-carb diet. They may have succeeded in making a sugar-free product, but they failed at making a quality BBQ sauce.
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