“That’s Good Mustard”
We are in Charleston, North Carolina today sampling KLB’s BBQ Sauce. Appropriate for this barbeque region, this sauce is a ‘Southern Style Mustard Bar-B- Que Sauce’. Mustard sauce’s origin goes back to 18th century German immigrant influences on pork consumption. Kevin & Latonya Bobo, the sauce creators, want to give us a Carolina mustard base sauce experience. Here on the West Coast mustard flavored BBQ sauce sounds foreign to this ‘Kansas City Style BBQ’ sauce user. That is why we are excited and curious to try this sauce. Sit back, relax and let’s fire up the barbeque.
Prepared mustard, (distilled vinegar, water, mustard seed, salt, tumeric, spices) Worcestershire sauce, (water, distilled vinegar, salt, corn sweetener, hydrolyzed soy protein, citric acid, caramel color, flavorings, black pepper) brown sugar, honey, lemon juice, liquid smoke, flavor (water, natural hickory smoke concentrate) paprika, garlic powder, spices, onion powder are the listed ingredients.
Aroma & Texture
A deep smoky mustard aroma spirals through the opened top. Mustard is the prevalent theme of this barbecue sauce. This is a smooth thick dark yellow sauce. It pours freely out of the bottle.
The label is pretty straight forward with just lettering stating the contents and a brief company history. It does stand out with its dark yellow contents. Seeing this on the shelf would perk my curiosity because of the color.
This will be no surprise when I tell you it has a mustard flavor. It is more than just your ball park mustard flavor. It is creamy, smooth tasting, and a little complex with spices. I taste a nuance of onions & garlic that is freshened with a combination of lemon juice and vinegar. This is all backed with a little kiss of smoke. I like it a lot. I can think of numerous condiment applications for food. We will try it with its intended purpose of barbecue.
An obvious food choice to us was pulled pork. This is a meal that we crave. When we cook a pork shoulder it is a time commitment of at least 8 to 12 hours. The results are more than worth it. The cooked shoulder was shredded and sauced with “KLB’s BBQ Sauce”. We also made some Cole slaw with our sauce. We added several tablespoons to our normal slaw recipe. This dinner was one for the memorable meal books. Smoky tender shredded pork with a mustard tang. The vinegar and mustard of the sauce complimented and elevated the rich pork love of this sandwich. The Cole slaw was just the icing on the cake. The smoothness made this slaw a crunchy, tangy, mustard treat. We had pulled pork left over and I made a sandwich for breakfast the next morning. The mustard sauce on thus breakfast sandwich had me satisfied and left me with a grin on my egg splattered face.
Grilled chicken was next on the grill. This was another success. I may never go back to Kansas City Style sauce after tonight. I love the mustard tang and flavor on this grilled bird. I was even dipping the grilled asparagus in this sauce.
KLB’s Southern Style Mustard Bar-B-Que Sauce has opened our eyes to a new style of barbecue sauce. I have to admit that we normally use a K.C. style sauce. We are now converts and lovers of mustard sauce. The mustard and vinegar of this sauce with pulled pork was a ‘Marriage made in Heaven”. Cole slaw with KLB’s was a unique and tasty treat. We now have a new flavor profile for chicken. KLB’s BBQ Sauce could be used as a condiment for any mustard application. This was a unique mustard bbq sauce treat. We hands down will give KLB’s Southern Style Mustard Bar-B-Que Sauce the Chilebrown seal of approval.