Bone Suckin’ Sauce: Gluten-Free BBQ Sauce

By | Jul 13, 2012

During the early days of this blog I did a post about gluten-free picnics and barbeques. Back then I was still learning a lot about Celiac Disease and the gluten-free lifestyle.  Most of my early reviews were about products suggested by friends and acquaintances that were far more experienced and more than happy to share information on their favorite gluten-free finds. One of those products was Bone Suckin’ Sauce, which I included in that early post. To this day it is still one of my favorites among the many products I have discovered during the course of this blog.  Recently, while restocking this item for the upcoming barbeque season I decided to give the Hot Bone Suckin’ Sauce a try and to give this product a long overdue full review.

According to the official site,, the story behind this amazingly flavorful sauce started in 1987 in the kitchen of Phil Ford.  He was trying to recreate his mother’s recipe for a western North Carolina-style barbecue sauce. The result of his efforts received high praise by friends and family who felt the sauce was so good it should be bottled and sold.  However, Phil did not agree to do so until 1992 when his bother and sister-in-law offered to help. Phil’s sister-in-law was the one to come up with a name for the sauce. She named it so because she felt the sauce was good enough to make her want to “suck on the bones to get the last little bit of flavor.” Having had the pleasure of tasting this sauce on various meat dishes I wholeheartedly agree with hwe. Since then, Bone Suckin’ Sauce has earned nationwide praise and has been rated #1 by Newsweek, Food & Wine, House and Garden,, and A+ Health Magazine.

Bone Suckin’ Sauce is naturally gluten-free and fat free. Its ingredients are pretty simple, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, honey, molasses, mustard, horseradish, lemon juice, onions, garlic, peppers, natural hickory smoke, natural spices and salt. Yet this combination of high quality ingredients creates a complex flavor that is a well-balanced blend of sweet, smoky, tangy and spicy. The Hot version has the same great taste and texture with extra spices to kick up the heat.

Bone Suckin’ sauce is not as heavy as many popular and more common brands of Barbeque sauce. However it is thick enough to create a substantial coating when applied as a single layer, while being thin enough to act like a “mop-sauce” allowing you to pile it on to build a delicious glaze on slower cooking dishes. Though it was originally intended as a barbeque sauce, Bone Suckin’ Sauce is tasty enough and diverse enough to work will in a wide variety of recipes. Personally I use it most as dipping sauce for baked chicken.

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