Consumer Barbecue Test

1 decade 9 months 1 week ago February 23, 2006 Feb 23, 2006 Thursday, February 23 2006 Thursday, February 23, 2006 5:31:04 PM CST in News

Target 8 put barbecue sauces to the test.

We tested two local sauces, Johnny Mo's and Bucks, as well as two national brands, Gates and KC Masterpiece to see which really is the best according to hardworking Mizzou tailgaters.

The sauces were put in containers numbered one through four to make sure no one would recognize the bottle or see the label. The testers took a fork, grabbed some chicken and got to work.

Target 8 tested the sauces for two and a half hours. What we found was that many taste testers have an opinion when it comes to barbecue.

"Just really light and mild, not a whole lot to it," BBQ tester David Harrow said, "Kind of smoky, a little more richer flavor."

"That one's more spicy. Tastes like it has a little more vinegar in it maybe," BBQ tester Ryan Turley said, "Its got a nice blend of the spices, I like that it's not real thick."

"That one's really good too. It's a lot sweeter. It's a lot sweeter than that one," BBQ tester Emily Aerisolphal said.

Decision time finally came. The winner was the national brand, Gates barbecue sauce which is available at most grocery stores. Bucks came in as the best local brand in the Target 8 test. Bucks is available at several mid-Missouri stores, including the Root Cellar in downtown Columbia.

If you have an idea or a story you want us to investigate, give the Target 8 team a call at (573) 884-6397 or reach us by e-mail at target8@komu.com

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