Costco is selling a 27 ounce bottle of Kinder’s Honey Hot BBQ Sauce and I had to give it a try. Kinder’s products have been hit or miss for me and I was hoping that the BBQ Sauce was going to be a winner.
I tried the Honey Hot sauce on several meats and am happy to report that the sauce is probably the best barbecue sauce at Costco!
The label states that the sauce is “great for BBQ, Glaze, Dipping & More” and after I tried the sauce a couple different ways I tend to agree with the label.
The flavor profile of the sauce starts with a classic tomato base that is followed by a twang from mustard and vinegar. There is a balanced sweet note that is followed up by a finishing flash of mild, but noticeable, spiciness.
The sauce has a full bodied flavor profile that is well balanced and not dominated by any single flavor. On a spiciness level I would rate this as a 3 out of 10.
One of the first ways I tried the sauce was on a pulled pork lettuce wrap. I used some of the Harvest Creek canned pulled pork for this which is incredibly lean. The sauce is amazing with pork and I can’t wait to use this as a glaze for some smoked baby back ribs.
I also tried the sauce on some Turkey and Ham pinwheels that needed something to liven them up a little bit. The sauce improved the pinwheels greatly and the flavors really popped!
Overall I think this sauce is great on pork and poultry but would not be appropriate for most beef, especially brisket. The one place I would use this sauce with beef is as a condiment for some grilled hamburgers.
Calories and Nutrition
One serving of the sauce is two tablespoons and has the following calories and nutritional information:
- Calories: 50
- Fat: 0g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
- Carbohydrates: 13g
- Protein: og
Overall this is a much healthier sauce than Kinder’s Chicken Sauce that comes in with 180 calories and 19g of fat per serving.
The ingredients in the sauce are:
- Tomato Puree
- Red Jalapeno Pepper Puree
- Smoke Flavor
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- Xanthan Gum
All of the ingredients are organic and I was delighted to see that the sauce does not contain any High Fructose Corn Syrup. The sauce does contain some honey but the main sweetness notes come from sugar and molasses.
An interesting side note…the honey in this sauce must have been imported as the USDA does not offer organic certification for any honey produced in the United States.
The unopened bottle of Kinder’s bbq sauce is shelf stable and is marked with a Best By date that indicates it will last about two years in your pantry.
Once the bottle is opened it must be refrigerated.
I have found that sauces like these will last about two months in the refrigerator after opening but this stuff is tasty enough that you will probably use it all in a much shorter amount of time.
The Kinder’s sauce is Item Number 1747225 and is found in the non-refrigerated grocery aisles near the other condiments and sauces.
The 27 ounce bottle cost me $6.99 which I think is a fair price for a quality bbq sauce. I know that I could make my own sauce for less money but this stuff is good enough that I don’t mind paying a buck or two extra.