best-selling products in each product category at the Carolina Sauce Company have now been tallied and posted online. Below are links to each top-ten list, along with one or more highlights from each list. The best-seller lists are a great place to shop for gourmet Christmas gifts and zesty sauces, snacks & seasonings for your holiday menus.
*Best-Selling Gift Sets: You'll give the gift of good taste when you give any of the unique gift sets on this list, such as our new Taste of NC Gift Set featuring a variety of delicious gourmet products made in North Carolina, or our ever-popular Tailgating Gift Set with all the sauces and condiments you need for your game-day cookout or party.
*Best-Selling Snacks & Sweets: If you're looking for a gift for firefighters, you can't go wrong with some Firehouse Nuts, which are premium NC peanuts seasoned with smoked habanero and other zesty spices. And for a quick and elegant holiday appetizer, try any of the best-selling Thomas Gourmet Chutneys in Mango, Apple, Peach and other luscious flavors, all wonderful with baked brie and other cheeses.
*Best-Selling North Carolina Products: Although this list has several NC barbecue sauces, it also includes the peppery Samson's Sauce, a feisty all-purpose hot sauce with an amusing old-fashioned label, and the decadently sweet & rich Lilly's Maple Butter, made from an old family recipe and delicious on pancakes, biscuits, ice cream, in hot cereal and even straight from the jar.
*Best-Selling Hot Sauces: If you need a gift for someone who claims no hot sauce is hot enough, give them Dave's Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce, made with the world's hottest pepper, the Naga Jolokia or "Ghost" pepper. And for the cook who enjoys spicy foods, A Taste of Thai Garlic Chili Pepper Sauce from Thailand is sure to be a hit.
*Best-Selling Barbecue Sauces: If you'd like to introduce someone to North Carolina barbecue sauce, you can't go wrong with Shoog's Authentic NC BBQ Sauce, an eastern NC vinegar sauce that's perfect for pulled pork and for marinating chicken or meat. And if you're looking for a premium tomato-based BBQ sauce for ribs and chicken, you'll love the all-natural, mostly-organic Outta the Park BBQ Sauce, an award-winning rich and tangy barbecue sauce with a little peppery kick - and it's on sale, too!
*Best-Selling Marinades & Dressings: If your holiday cooking plans call for roast beef, pork, chicken, or venison, you'll need a flavorful savory marinade like Ann's Marinade from Durn Good, which will add mouthwatering flavor while tenderizing, too. Ann's Marinade is a favorite among hunters and folks who enjoy wild game.
*Best-Selling Salsa & Relish: If you're entertaining this holiday season, consider including Capone Family Secret Giardiniera on your relish tray or in cocktail sandwiches for authentic Chicago deli flavor. And if you're serving chips and salsa to watch the big game, change things up with Just My Taste Jalapeno Dip, Sauce & Marinade instead of (or in addition to) regular tomato salsa - it's also great for cooking and comes with pages of FREE recipes!
*Best-Selling Mustards & Ketchups: Fans of spicy ketchups are sure to enjoy our 3rd and 8th best-selling condiments, Burning Asphalt Zesty Jalapeno Ketchup and Burning Asphalt Blazin' Habanero Ketchup, racing-themed condiments from upstate New York. And if you're looking for a mustard gift set with a variety of tasty mustards in different styles, you need our Mustard Lover's Gift Set.
*Best-Selling Wing Sauces: One of our newest products, The Distillery Garlic Cajun Wing Sauce, broke into the top ten list last month - in addition to making deliciously garlicky & spicy Buffalo wings, it's also phenomenal with fish, seafood and chicken. And if you need a gift for someone who loves hot wings, give them our popular Hot Wings Gift Set with 4 different wing sauces plus a bottle of Anchor Bar Bleu Cheese Dip.
*Best-Selling Steak Sauces & Pasta Sauces: If steaks or pasta are on the menu this Christmas season, you need to check out the tasty sauces on this list -- such as Mama Thomas Marinara, a traditional Italian style marinara that's wonderful with pasta, bread sticks, fried calamari, bruschetta and more; and the exotic and spicy Melinda's Habanero Steak Sauce, adding Caribbean flair and fire to a classic steak sauce base (and it's on sale, too).
*Best-Selling Rubs & Seasonings: One of my personal favorite dry rubs is almost always on this list, and was our 5th best-selling dry rub last month: Pig Pen's Original Seasoning from Salisbury NC, which is excellent as a BBQ rub and seasoning for ribs, pork butt, chicken, shrimp and even veggies. Another terrific rub comes from upstate New York's famous Dinosaur BBQ Bar & Grill, Dinosaur BBQ Cajun Foreplay Spice Rub, blending zesty Cajun spices with just the right amount of peppery heat.
*Best-Selling Jerks & Curry: As expected, all of the Walkerswood Jerk products from Jamaica are featured on this list -- but if you want to try another really good authentic Jamaican jerk sauce at a price that can't be beat, check out Tortuga Jamaican Jerk Sauce, only $3.99 a bottle!