Taste Test Thursday: North Texas BBQ Sauce (Spicy Edition)

Which spicy BBQ sauce is the best according to D Magazine staff?

Last week we tasted a variety of North Texas BBQ sauces. This Thursday, to spice things up (literally), the same tasters tried five different spicy BBQ sauces from North Texas. The sauces pack in the heat in a variety of ways: crushed red pepper, chipotle, habanero, and serrano peppers.

So which is the best according to D Magazine staff? Is it the same as your favorite?

The BBQ sauce:

A. Bentley’s Batch 5 Hot
B. Suckle Busters Hot & Spicy BBQ Sauce
C. Tony’s Hot BBQ Sauce
D. Brother’s Chipotle Gold
E. Bronco Bob’s Smoked Bacon Chipotle Sauce

Tasting notes:

Bentley’s Batch 5 Hot

  • To be honest, this tastes like standard BBQ sauce.
  • Not too spicy, good balance.
  • This doesn’t taste like BBQ sauce at all. Almost too much of a bitter taste.
  • Watery. Strong vinegar flavor, not spicy.
  • Some spice, not much flavor.

Suckle Busters Hot & Spicy BBQ Sauce

  • Tastes cheap and sweet.
  • Super vinegary.
  • Not much flavor, no heat.
  • OK, but not very spicy.
  • Thin but memorable.

Tony’s Hot BBQ Sauce

  • Lots of red chili pepper flavor. And heat.
  • Not a fan, can’t put my finger on it.
  • A little heat, more like a hot sauce.
  • Looks red in color, definitely spicy.
  • Almost tastes like candy.

Brother’s Chipotle Gold

  • Too tangy.
  • Way too spicy! Ouch.
  • Good BBQ taste, nice heat.
  • Thick, pretty bland.
  • Too spicy for my sensitive buds.

Bronco Bob’s Smoked Bacon Chipotle Sauce

  • Is this hoisin sauce?
  • Has an Asian flair. Not bad, but unexpected.
  • Sweet taste, very good! But no heat.
  • The thickest, moves like molasses. Unappealing flavor.
  • The most classic BBQ flavor of the bunch.

Tally up:

Bentley’s Batch 5 Hot 1
Suckle Busters Hot & Spicy BBQ Sauce 1
Tony’s Hot BBQ Sauce 1
Brother’s Chipotle Gold 1
Bronco Bob’s Smoked Bacon Chipotle Sauce 1

The winner is:

It’s a tie between, well, all of them. Somebody ran off with one of the bottles before we could do a tiebreaker. Guess you’ll just have to try them all. So, who makes your favorite spicy BBQ sauce? Let’s discuss.


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  • Big Daddy

    Don’t know if is qualifies, but Mildly Wild sauce made by Absolutely World Class in Abilene is hands down my favorite. They also make a hotter sauce, Absolutely Wild, but it’s too spicy for me.

  • Harold Green

    Bentley’s Batch 5 Hot Barbecue Sauce is not a normal tomato based barbecue sauce. Instead it’s a Worcestershire based sauce that’s tangy and rich with small bits of tomato, onion and peppers. Now it’s not so hot that it kills your taste buds. Instead it has a back end heat; my Dad always said it had a four rib heat, after eating four ribs you’ll start to sweat.

    I’m not surprised that the barbecue sauces that were tested tied in the vote. Barbecue and barbecue sauces are an individual taste. The only way you’ll know if you like one is to try it.

    We have three tastings coming before Memorial Day. One is today, Friday, at the Plano Central Market. On Saturday we’ll be at the Central Market on Lovers Lane in Dallas and on Sunday we’ll be at the Central Market on Preston at Forest. So come on by and try our sauces for yourself and tell us what you think. And if you can’t make it this week, check our website http://www.bentleysbatch5.com for future tastings. Thanks for all your support! Harold