Monday, October 11, 2010

Updated Lists of Best-Selling Hot Sauce, BBQ Sauce, etc.

The category-specific lists of Top Ten best-selling sauces and other products have been updated to reflect the year-to-date totals at the Carolina Sauce Company online store as of October 1st. I've included a link to each list below, along with one or more highlights per category. If you're looking for a new hot sauce, rub, BBQ sauce, condiment or snack -- or a great gift idea for someone who enjoys zesty foods -- you can't go wrong with any of our best-sellers.

*Best-Selling Barbecue Sauces: My favorite Piedmont NC style (vinegar with tomato) sauce, Jim's Own Homestyle BBQ Sauce is currently our third-best selling barbecue sauce, while my favorite KC/Memphis style (thick tomato) sauce, Outta the Park BBQ Sauce (which happens to be made in North Carolina) is in fifth place. Jim's Own BBQ Sauce comes with FREE recipes, and Outta the Park BBQ Sauce is currently on sale.

*Best-Selling Hot Sauces: If you are a serious chilehead with a cast-iron stomach and Teflon(R) tongue, you've probably helped make the ultra-hot Dave's Ultimate Insanity Sauce our tenth best-selling hot sauce to date for this year. Spiked with capsaicin extract, this dangerously hot sauce is best used one micro-drop at a time.

*Best-Selling Marinades & Dressings: Two of my favorite tropical sauces for marinating and cooking are currently on this list. Tortuga Mango Ginger Stir-Fry Sauce (6th) is zesty and exotically delicious on all types of stir-fry, grilled, steamed and rice dishes. Tortuga Spicy Seafood Grill Sauce (9th) is savory & spicy, and great on fish and shellfish cooked indoors or on the grill. Both are on sale for only $3.75 each!

*Best-Selling Rubs & Seasonings: In 5th place is Pig Pen's Original Seasoning from NC, which is Greg's favorite dry rub for pork butt & beef brisket and is also one of my go-to seasonings when I'm craving mouthwatering BBQ flavor on grilled or sauteed veggies.

*Best-Selling Salsa & Relish: Giardiniera is a traditional Italian relish and sandwich condiment of mixed peppers and vegetables pickled in oil and vinegar. Capone Family Secret Hot Giardiniera from Chicago is the real deal, and legend has it that it's based on Al Capone's favorite recipe.

*Best-Selling Jerks & Curry: Two savory products from Jamaica's Busha Browne company are presently on our list of top-ten jerk products, with Busha Browne's Authentic Jerk Seasoning (a concentrated wet-rub or paste) in 4th place and Busha Browne's Spicy Jerk Sauce (an all-purpose table sauce and condiment) in 6th place.

*Best-Selling Mustards & Ketchups: One of my favorite savory mustards, Trolly Stop Hot Mustard Sauce, is virtually impossible to find outside of Wilmington NC. This spicy mustard is presently in 10th place and is excellent on hot dogs, brats and other sausages, burgers, sandwiches and anywhere else you'd use regular mustard.

*Best-Selling Wing Sauces: If you enjoy fiery Buffalo wings and prefer a thick sauce that will stick to your wings, the Distillery Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce from Rochester NY is for you. And if you enjoy your wings with blue cheese dressing, make sure to get some Anchor Bar Bleu Cheese Dip from the birthplace of the original Buffalo wings.

*Best-Selling Gift Sets: This list is full of tasty (and tasteful) holiday gift ideas, so be sure to start your Christmas shopping here. To send a sampling of sauces from the Tarheel State, send our best-selling gift set, the mild North Carolina BBQ Gift Set. For the fiery-foods fanatic, we have the Ultra-Hot Gift Set featuring 9 of the hottest hot sauces we carry. And for the foodie who prefers gourmet treats with exotic flair, design your own Gourmet Chutney Gift Box.

*Best-Selling North Carolina Products: In a tight race for the top two spots on this list you'll find Well's Hog Heaven BBQ Sauce, a classic eastern NC BBQ sauce (vinegar, no tomato) currently in first place, with Castle Sauce, an old-fashioned mustard-ketchup burger & steak sauce from Greensboro NC, close behind in 2nd place.

*Best-Selling Snacks & Sweets: If you love apples and old-fashioned preserves, you'll swoon over Mrs. Picky Fanicky's Apple Pie MmmMarmalade, a blue-ribbon-winning apple marmalade made from a family recipe from rural NC and currently on sale. If pickles and spice are more your taste, try our very own Hot Dill Pickle Chips -- and a dollar from every jar we sell is donated to Operation Sauce Drop, our nonprofit program that sends free gift boxes of sauce to deployed troops!

*Best-Selling Steak Sauces & Pasta Sauces: If you like your steak sauce with a fiery kick, check out our 5th best-selling steak sauce, the all-natural and spicy-hot Melinda's Habanero Pepper Steak Sauce (and it's on sale). If gourmet flavor is more your style, you'll love Olio & Spices Red Wine Onion Sauce, a luscious accompaniment for steak and other meats, as well as for grilled or roasted vegetables.

Zestfully yours,

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