The grill is heating up. Hot dogs, bratwursts, chicken and burgers are on standby. The kids are playing by the pool, and the lounge chairs are laid out beneath the umbrellas. All you need now is the perfect sauce to top your brisket, ribs or favorite BBQ dish. Well, look further! We’ve got quite a few BBQ aficionados on staff, so we asked several Alagasco employees to share their favorite sauces and concoctions for the perfect mouth-watering meal cooked on their natural gas grills.
- Cypress Inn Famous White BBQ sauce. This one is a staple in Tom Morse’s home. Our director of customer retention strategy says, “The Cypress Inn restaurant located on the banks of the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa, Alabama offers their famous White BBQ Sauce to all patrons. It has a tangy, yet sweet taste that compliments grilled chicken any day of the week. It can be ordered from the restaurant, but it always tastes best while viewing the barges as they pass by on the river. Enjoy!” Eric Holsomback, creative designer, also prefers white sauce over the more traditional BBQ sauces. He douses his food with a homemade blend. We are still trying to convince him to share the recipe!
- Dreamland. Ed Smith, Jr., general manager of customer service, and Matt Chapman, large industrial/commercial business development representative, both love this one! For Ed, Dreamland brings him back to his college days. Matt thinks this sauce is “the perfect balance of vinegar and spicy tastes – just enough to make you feel a little heat.”
- Full Moon. For those of you looking for a middle-of-the-road sauce, Robert Thuston, architect and engineer coordinator, thinks he has found a winner. “It’s a hardy sweet sauce. Don’t like vinegar-based sauce; don’t like sauce that’s too sweet. Full Moon is right in the middle,” he says.
- Saw’s BBQ Sauce. “It has a lot of flavor and has quite a kick to it, as well,” says HVAC market specialist Perry Tillman.
- Jack Daniel’s BBQ Sauce. Ryan Pruett, large industrial/commercial business development representative, says he prefers any bottle with the words “Jack Daniel’s” on it!
- Sweet Baby Ray’s. Not a heat fan and looking for something tame? Rachel Canfield, new business development representative, has found the solution! She loves this one for its sweet flavor. CG Covey, new growth project analyst, says this sauce is great as a marinade. His tip: Mix Sweet Baby Ray’s with 1 cup of Italian dressing for a bold chicken marinade. (Thanks, CG!)
- Sonny’s BBQ sauce. Sold at Sam’s Club, Jackie Nails, assistant of new growth, thinks this one is the best. “Sometimes my taste buds are all mixed up, and I am not sure what taste I am really craving; however, Sonny’s is sweet, tangy, and a little salty all at the same time,” says Jackie.
- Jim N Nick’s. Mandy Schwarting, manager of new growth planning, loves this for the simple reason that, “It’s kind of spicy.”
- Williamson Brothers. Sandy Bean, director of growth, chooses it for its unique flavor.
- Kraft Original BBQ sauce. Director of customer relations, Anne Powers, keeps it simple: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” she says, referring to the classic flavor.
Mmmmmm…it’s definitely grilling time. What’s your favorite BBQ sauce?