On Saturday, The Wife and I took the kiddos to the Lake Home and Cabin Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center. As with most overpriced conventions there were plenty of vendors selling items which really had nothing to do with the theme. Even so, I am not one for giving up the opportunity for trying anything that claims to be “lava hot” and as such I waited my turn at Two Fat Guys’ Gourmet Sauce stand.
Two Guys are out of Illinois but sell their product at numerous local grocery stores including Rainbow and Target. Both of the guys were on hand hawking their wares on meatballs and in a pitcher of watered down bloody marys which got the attention of someone at the counter who was either a plant or totally clueless about what a good bloody tastes like.
While their presentation methodologies were less than impressive, their product was anything but. When one of the ‘fat guys’ asked if I liked it hot I asked if it was “Minnesota hot” or really hot. He replied that because they were from Illinois that it was definitely not “Minnesota hot” and it carried a nice kick. They dipped a meatball in the sauce and handed it over in a small white paper cup. I popped the little treat in my mouth and the BBQ flavor was the first to hit and then a good and steady heat came thereafter which lasted for nearly 10 minutes thereafter. This was some seriously good stuff so I picked up a jar for $5. Considering some of the BBQ sauces I’ve tried have run nearly $10, I was quite pleased for the bang for the buck and look forward to seeing what it’s like in the store.
While the price and flavor were spot on, I was also impressed with the ingredient list:
Tomato concentrate, tomato puree, honey, brown sugar, vinegar, sugar, onions, molasses, mushrooms, gluten free beer, water, salt, granulated garlic, spices, tamarind, lemon juice (no MSG, no soy)
I was so impressed that on Sunday night I made pulled pork and loaded up a sandwich with this stuff. The heat gave me a great sweat and some excellent flavor on the pork. This could become my go to BBQ sauce if the prices in the stores aren’t out of control.
Overall, this is one helluva sauce. I am already looking forward to using it again for my own bloody marys (they have their recipe on the jar) with more sauce than not and certainly some chicken wings which definitely deserve this to be brushed on as they grill. YUM!
Have you ever had anything from Two Fat Guys? If so what did you have and what did you think? What is your favorite sauce to put in a bloody mary and do you use BBQ sauces? Are you surprised that they aren’t using HFC and instead use honey and both white and brown sugar? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.