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The 3 Best New Barbecue Sauces to Up Your Grilling Game


Each year, the Specialty Foods Association conducts thousands of blind tastings across dozens of food categories in order to identify the best new small-batch products to hit the market. The top-ranking products are honored with a sofi (specialty outstanding food innovation) Award, recognizing tastemakers and trailblazers and forecasting future growth. The 2017 sofi Awards saw a dozen new categories — most notably, barbecue sauces. From Kettlewood Combustion Co.’s sweet and smoky steak sauce to Corine’s Cuisine‘s spicy, savory, all-purpose marinade, these are the sauces to baste, brush, dip and smother on everything that goes on the grill this summer.

Gold: Kettlewood Combustion Co. Pecanwood Smoke and Bourbon Vanilla Barbecue Sauce ($11)
Silver: Wild Thymes Mad Moroccan BBQ Sauce ($7)
Bronze: Corine’s Cuisine No. 28 Spicy Asian BBQ and Stir-Fry Sauce ($12)
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