Yes, you can take the easy way out. Open up one of these bottles and take advantage of all the tasting and testing these sauce makers have gone through to create just the right mix of sweet, tart and spicy flavors.
Praline Mustard Glaze from Dr. Pete’s
My mom would always stir up a mix of brown sugar and mustard to spread over her Easter ham. Then she used whole cloves to attach pineapple rings all over the ham. Any history of that in your family? If Dr. Pete’s Praline Mustard Glaze had been available, she would have loved using it. This mix of brown sugar, mustard, pecans, maple and spice is made in Ailey, Georgia, just south of I-16 and near the town of Vidalia. It’s thick and sweet and we think we taste clove along with a little heat that is very subtle when spread across all that ham. You could accompany that ham with roasted sweet potatoes brushed with this glaze. Or use the Dr. Pete’s recipe for praline sweet potato casserole you’ll find on their website. Or try it in place of pepper jelly on cream cheese or Brie.
$8.95 per 8-ounce jar. Available The Cook’s Warehouse, Smith Ace Hardware, Acorn Home and Garden in Marietta, Under the Pecan Tree in Dunwoody, Oli + Ve in Roswell, The Front Porch in McDonough, Paper Occasion in Stockbridge, One Magnolia Lane in Peachtree City or online at https://dr-petes.com/.
Mango Sauce from Beasley’s Sauces
Over in Walterboro, South Carolina, Kyle Beasley was making fruit-based barbecue sauces to use in his catering business. Blueberry was the first fruit he tried. Folks loved those sauces and wanted more so he teamed up with friend Nick Stratton and two years ago they formed Beasley’s Sauces to bring their sauce to the masses. There are now five sauces including mustard, orange tangerine and apple pie sauce. But we were intrigued by the mango. It’s a smoky ketchup-based sauce with mango puree added for a tropical touch. We liked it with jerk chicken and shrimp, but it would be great on pork burgers or ribs. Or pour it over your next meatloaf.
$8.95 per 12-ounce bottle. Available online at http://beasleyssauces.com/index.html.
Slatherin’ Sauce from Slather Products
This sauce has a name that’s fun to say and a fun tag line, “the cure for boring food.” It’s nice that it’s also really delicious and not like other sauces we’ve tried. Robin Rhea of Johns Island, South Carolina, created this mix of ketchup, honey, pineapple, crushed red pepper and garlic. The tomato really comes through which makes it seem like a total surprising take on marinara. Rhea says it makes the best shrimp and grits around, and we believe it. But we admit we went totally traditional and used our entire jar on grilled burgers. There are both regular and spicy versions and lots of interesting recipes on their website.
$8 per 16-ounce bottle. Available at Whole Foods Markets on Roswell Road, Ponce de Leon, West Paces Ferry and Peachtree Boulevard as well as online at http://slatheriton.com/.
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