We are venturing to Florida to experience an ‘all natural ingredients’, mustard based bbq sauce created by two ‘Florida BBQ Association’ certified bbq judges. They saw a need to create a sauce that was different than the standard tomato based sauces. They have created a sauce that they believe is the ideal balance of savory and sweet. It is considered a cross between a Carolina and a Texas style sauce that in not too tangy or mustard forward. We cannot wait to give this sauce a try. My wife and I are ‘Kansas City BBQ Society’ certified Master Judges and plan to give this sauce a honest and fair score in its evaluation. Come join us at the judging and scoring kitchen table.
Mustard (distilled vinegar #1 mustard seed , salt, spices) tomato puree, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, spices, natural smoke flavoring, kosher salt, worchestershire sauce, (water, distilled vinegar, garlic powder, caramel color, salt anchovies, tamarind), paprika and garlic powder are the listed ingredients.
Cute, fun, eye catching and colorful describes this package. Ms. Goofy, my wife immediately said she liked this cute bottle. The Rippleman’s posed in a iconic scene all surrounded by tie-dye like rainbow colors will grab anybody’s attention on the shelf. This works.
Aroma & Texture:
The cap is removed to unleash a pleasant aroma of mustard and vinegar with a faint smell of smoky ketchup. All these aromas are familiar and actually a little bit comforting. The sauce is thick and pours slowly through its container. The color is of a pale red almost with an orange hue. No seeds are present.
My first flavor reaction is a memory of corn dogs at the county fair. I always would slather mustard and ketchup all over the corn dog. The flavors begin with tangy mustard followed by tomatoes and brown sugar. A slight hint of smoke and spices are in the background. This is definitely not a traditional barbeque sauce, but, they are traditional flavors associated with barbeque. This should be fun with food.
Beef ribs were our first vehicle to sample Ripplemans sauce. The ribs were cooked low and slow in our smoker. At the end of our cook we liberally coated the ribs and returned them to the smoker to set the sauce. My wife, Ms. Goofy, (Certifiable KCBS Master Judge) has judged hundreds of ribs of every style seasoning and sauce, liked the flavor. She also said the sauce was on the sweet side. I too enjoyed the flavor of the sauce. The flavors to me were familiar and comforting. I like the combination of mustard and sweet smoky tomatoes and thought it was a good balance of sweet and savory.
We made a quick and easy Cole slaw with Rippleman’s. A packaged Cole Slaw mix, ¼ cup of Rippleman’s, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a splash of salt & pepper and we were set with a quick, easy and tasty side dish.
Next up to the plate was a tasty burger. We used the sauce strictly as a condiment. Winner, Winner, Hamburger diner, this was a home run. You cannot go wrong using these familiar flavors as a condiment.
Rippleman’s Rib’n Dipping Sauce is a non-traditional bbq sauce that delivers familiar flavors. Familiar flavors of mustard and sweet smoky tomatoes make for a unique and fun sauce. Ms. Goofy found it to be a little sweet but I thought it to be balanced in flavors and sweetness. Would this win a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned contest? Yes, with good presentation/appearance, good cooking technique and by six like minded judges this could win because the flavor is there. This sauce did win a Grand Champion award in our household. This sauce is my new go-to condiment for burgers, dogs and so much more. If you too would like to experience Rippleman’s Rib’N Dipping Sauce follow the links below.