Is the Heinz BBQ Sampler Pack any good?
First and foremost this four pack of sauces brings fun to the table. All four aren’t perfect examples of their specific region, but they’re fun nonetheless. Definitely purchase if you want to add a little fun to your next cook out.
When it comes to miniature food stuffs, I’m like a moth to the flame. Same goes for any type of variety pack. Put those two things together and I’m powerless. So you can imagine how quickly it took to decide whether or not to try this Heinz BBQ sauce sampler? Yep, zero seconds.
Heinz has been on something of a new sauce kick of late, check out their fusion sauces like MayoChup and MayoCue for example. This pack however aims to represent four types of distinct American BBQ and the typical sauce therein.
Each individual sauce is created in partnership with an expert from the various region, you can read the exact details on the reverse of each bottle. See below for full details.
From left to right, in the above picture, my thoughts on the four sauces:
This is a mustard based sauce with sharp vinegar notes. This sauce is aimed at pulled pork, and is probably my favorite of the four.
This sauce is dark, thick and syrupy. There’s strong molasses, brown sugar and black pepper. It’s very assertive.
This is similar to the above but its less thick, less molasses and more sweet.
This is the outlier of the bunch, there’s strong pineapple and mango flavors. This could be used on a variety of dishes to bring a little brightness.
It goes without saying all four sauces are quite sweet and the accompanying heat level is minimal. Those afraid of spice have nothing to fear at all here if they’re happy with black pepper. The quartet of sauces is aimed at the masses and there’s nothing here that will shock or scare anyone.
Indeed, if you’re looking for the very best BBQ sauce around, this isn’t it. You can find far better examples of all at specialist online stores or local restaurants. That said, this IS a fun collection. Put these out on the table at the next BBQ or get together and people will definitely have fun trying each and turn, deciding which is the best.
I paid $5.58 for the four pack sampler, a little less than $1.50 per sauce, which in my opinion is a great price for a little bit of fun.
Here’s the packaging of all four sauces in similar order:
Heinz Carolina BBQ Sauce
Heinz Memphis BBQ Sauce
Heinz Kansas City BBQ Sauce
Heinz Hawaiian BBQ Sauce
Hi I’m Stuart, amateur home cook and professional food writer. You can find my writing at places like The Salt Lake Tribune and Gastronomic SLC, which I founded more than a decade ago. As well as writing extensively about restaurants, I’m endlessly curious about that product on the shelf. Is it any good I wonder? If you’re like me, wonder no more.