best-selling products at the Carolina Sauce Company have now been updated to reflect the 2011 year-to-date results so far. Below are links to each top-ten list, along with one or more highlights from each list. These best-seller lists are a great place to shop for Father's Day and Mother's Day gifts, graduation parties, summer barbecues, and all your zesty needs and desires.
*Best-Selling North Carolina Products: Our very own Hot Dill Pickle Chips are in 8th place and perfect for hamburgers and sandwiches. And if you're looking for an excellent BBQ dry rub for pork or beef, try Pig Pen's Original Seasoning, from Salisbury NC.
*Best-Selling Snacks & Sweets: We've received a fresh shipment of Buderim Ginger Bears this week, and these zippy Australian ginger gummy bears continue to fly off our shelves (yes, they're our best-selling snack as usual). If you're looking for a savory & spicy cookout condiment, you'll love our deli-style Mixed Hot Pepper Rings, made especially for us in the NC mountains using locally grown hot peppers (currently in 5th place).
*Best-Selling Barbecue Sauces: Our all-time best-selling BBQ sauce continues in 1st place so far this year and is Wells Hog Heaven BBQ Sauce, an eastern NC vinegar sauce that's perfect for pulled pork and for marinating chicken or meat. If you prefer a spicier sauce for your Carolina barbecue (or for marinating), you need Scott's BBQ Sauce, which is also an eastern NC vinegar barbecue sauce but with a hefty dose of red pepper flakes for a fiery kick (presently in 9th place).
*Best-Selling Gift Sets: It's not too late to send a gourmet Mother's Day gift, such as our two-jar Thomas Gourmet Crab Cake Sauce Gift Box or, for the Mom who loves North Carolina products, our mild Bone Suckin' Sauce Gift Set or our spicy Hot Bone Suckin' Sauce Gift Set.
*Best-Selling Hot Sauces: If you need a quirky but tasty hot sauce gift for someone with a sense of humor, check out Samson's Sauce, a North Carolina original that's been around since 1925 and sports an old-fashioned humorous label reminiscent of old-time patent medicines (e.g., claims to cure baldness, vertigo, hangovers & more).
*Best-Selling Marinades & Dressings: A favorite of cooks, grillers, chefs and hunters, Ann's Marinade from Durn Good is a robust, savory marinade for all sorts of meat and wild game. Ann's Marinade penetrates to add mouthwatering flavor while tenderizing even the toughest, leanest cut. Ann's Marinade is currently on sale, too!
*Best-Selling Rubs & Seasonings: The original Bone Suckin' Seasoning Rub (previously called Bone Suckin' Rib Rub) is currently our 7th best-selling rub or seasoning, and adds feisty sweet-savory flavor to everything from meat to poultry to veggies. Next on the list is the aptly-named Big Daddy's Superb Herb Seasoning, a gourmet blend of of dried herbs that will complement chicken, seafood, egg dishes, steak and more.
*Best-Selling Salsa & Relish: Our very own Habanero Pepper Relish is our best-selling relish or salsa so far this year, and its serious habanero heat is sure to please chileheads and fiery foods fanatics.
*Best-Selling Mustards & Ketchups: My spicy ketchup of choice is also our best-selling ketchup, Melinda's Jalapeno Ketchup, a delicious all-natural ketchup that's not too sweet (no corn syrup or HFCS!) and delivers a zesty jalapeno kick. It's Kosher, too!
*Best-Selling Steak Sauces & Pasta Sauces: If you like to accompany your steaks or burgers with a complementary sauce that adds interesting flavor and spice, you'll probably enjoy the exotic and spicy Melinda's Habanero Steak Sauce (in 5th place), which adds Caribbean flair and fire to a classic steak sauce base. And if you enjoy teriyaki, you'll love Bone Suckin' Yaki (in 8th place), a richer, lower-sodium version of traditional teriyaki but with a North Carolina twist.
*Best-Selling Jerks & Curry: One of my favorite sauces is Pluto's Paradise Potion (in 7th place), created by a Jamaican expat now living in NC and capturing the essence of traditional Jamaican cuisine in a mild (not spicy-hot), fragrant sauce the whole family will enjoy. It's organic, too! Another winner in my kitchen is the 6th place Nando's Coconut Curry Cooking Sauce from South Africa, a creamy, moderately spicy tropical curry sauce that's marvelous with fish, seafood, chicken, rice and noodle dishes.
*Best-Selling Wing Sauces: If you enjoy traditional Buffalo style wings with fiery, tangy flavor, you'll love our 3rd-best selling wing sauce, The Distillery Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce from the award-winning The Distillery Restaurants in upstate New York. This rich and creamy wing sauce will thoroughly coat your chicken wings, ensuring plenty of fiery-hot flavor in every bite. It's so good, you'll probably want to use it on grilled chicken, with buffalo shrimp, and even stirred into potato salad!