Summer demands the tangy flavor of mustard. Spread on grilled hot dogs and sausages, stirred into slaw, flavoring the barbecue sauce that you slather on ribs, we love it all.
Korean Mustard from Burnt & Salty
Korean Mustard was the first product Bob Cook and Cris Miller created back in 2015 when they started their Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina-based condiment company, Burnt & Salty. Their Korean Mustard is very thick and while it’s a little sweet, it’s undeniably mustard, but unlike any mustard you’ve tried before. That’s probably because the ingredients include Korean red pepper, sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce and gochujang. We like it on burgers and most anything grilled, as an addition to a cheese board, but lately you can find us swiping through it with carrot sticks. And there’s a deviled egg recipe on their website we’re trying for our next cookout.
$9 per 12-ounce bottle. Available online at burntandsalty.com/.
Kickin’ Mustard Sauce from Maxwell Farms
Do you love bread and butter pickles? What about honey mustard? If the answer is “yes” then you want to try Kickin’ Mustard Sauce from Trina and Jeff Sylvester of Maxwell Farms in Dallas. The farm is home to a commercial kitchen where Trina makes about two dozen varieties of jellies, relishes and pickles from the produce Jeff grows. The mustard sauce is made with hot banana peppers, mustard, sugar, honey and cider vinegar, but it’s definitely not spicy. Just has that mustard kick, but even then the sweetness cuts the heat. Sylvester calls it “grown up honey mustard.” It’s not too thick and we loved it when we tried it baked as a glaze on a pan of macaroni and cheese. Perfect.
$6 per 8-ounce jar. Available at the Saturday Marietta Square Farmers Market, the Tuesday Cobb County Farm Bureau Farmers Market at Lost Mountain Park, Canton Street Farmers Market in Roswell and Floral Park Market, as well as online at maxwellfarms.com/
Original Mustard Sauce from Smokin’ Coals
Mark Busbee and Terry Hair of Columbia, South Carolina-based Smokin’ Coals started out in competition barbecue, then began making sauces and rubs for sale. They’re still big supporters of barbecue competitions and the teams that compete in them. Since they started the company, their sponsored teams have won 154 first place finishes in 336 events. Pretty impressive. Are they winning because they’re using the company’s dry rubs like Buzz’s Butt Dust? Or is it the three Smokin’ Coals barbecue sauces - original, pepper & vinegar and mustard? Since we’re big fans of South Carolina-style mustard-based barbecue, the mustard is our favorite. This sauce is sweet so if you’re using it on the grill, add it just as the meat is finishing. But we’re enjoying it as the dressing for slaw to accompany those meats off the grill and stirring it into meatloaf and then glazing the loaf before baking.
$6.25 per 16-ounce bottle. Available at retail locations throughout South Carolina and online at smokincoalssauce.com/ and charlestonspecialtyfoods.com/products/smokin-coals-mustard-bbq-sauce.
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