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Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce - 2/40oz Reviews

Positive Reviews


Best bottle sauce I've had.


Pros: Thick and delicious.

Cons: None

As far as commercial sauces go this is the best one I've tried.  It's very thick and really sticks to whatever you put it on.  Great flavor, too.
Swinging Meat

Best Store Bought Sauce out There


Pros: Cheap, Tasty, and easy to find at almost any store

When I lived in Kansas I used to buy Gates BBQ suace all the time, it was as good as my own sauce, and saved me the time of making my own sauce. Since moving back to Montana I only get Gates on rare occasions, so I tried every store bought sauce you could think of. I did not like any of them and resorted to making my own sauce for every BBQ. One day at Wallyworld, I saw a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's so I gave it a try. This is by far the best storebought stuff I have ever had. I have tried the original and the Sweet and Spicy and both are very good. I always have a couple of bottles in my pantry now.

Negative Reviews




Pros: always on sale (for a reason)

Cons: bland entry-level BBQ sauce

I read the reviews, and there is nothing wrong with this sauce. However, living in OK I have to say the award-winning Head Country trumps this sauce (granted it may not be available everywhere)   Ray's is ok but very bland, but safe to use w/o worrying about using too much. It is always on sale here because there are so many others that tower above it. Like Tubbs (whole other topic-mopping sauce, marinade, etc) and Famous Dave's, sweet & zesty, or the more robust sauces.   Our own Jeff has produced outstanding recipes for sauce. So Rays is fine in a pinch but would not use it with a choice of others.   Of course we all should develop our own BBQ sauce as I did many years...
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Not my type of sauce I enjoy


Pros: cheap and easily found at most major retailers

Cons: too sweet and loaded with corn syrup

The corn syrup base makes this sauce a single note flavor of sweetness over riding any other flavors. It overpowers, rather than accentuates, the flavors of my grilled/smoked meats.   Nothing I would recommend.

Full of High Fructose Corn Syrup!


Pros: A good starter flavor that you can add spices to, but it's full of corn syrup.

Cons: Full of Corn Syrup... which is bad for your health.

Crappy sauce. A good starter flavor, but it is LOADED with corn syrup - which is bad for you. (don't tell me bbq is bad for you, so what the heck - High Fructose Corn Syrup is like acid in your body)   There are soooo many good bbq sauces out there, why settle for this one?

More Reviews

Chef JimmyJ

Very Commercial and Bland...But way too smokey!


Pros: It had a nice thickness and is sweet enough to appeal to all but the hardcore Carolina Vinegar crowd.

Cons: It was lacking good depth from Herbs and Spices, having a very one note flavor. Way too much Smoke Flavor added!

This sauce was ok but I think it would be much better as a Grilling Sauce than a BBQ Sauce. The smoke flavor intensity would work on a Grilled or Baked piece of Chicken just fine. But on some nice Apple Wood smoked Ribs and Pulled Pork, the smoke flavoring blew away the taste of the Apple Wood and even the fairly bold Rub I use. I make my own sauces but had heard so many positive reviews on Sweet Baby Rays I wanted to try it. I was actually given a bottle by a friend that was moving cross country and did not want to haul a lot of pantry items. I would venture a guess that the award winning original was reformulated to be produced in volume and keep costs down...JJ

Sweet sauce


Pros: cheap . probably for a reason

Cons: very sweet...too sweet

too much corn syrup in this ... but the kids love it!    but they also like ketchup on their eggs for breakfast ..... I keep it for those that prefer thick and sweet sauces, it works for that ...and it is almost always on sale here, so the cost is great!

Sweet Baby Rays


Pros: inexpensive and delicious

Cons: none

This is the only sauce I buy off the shelf, good on everything. Just used the last of my bottle last night on some smoked chicken thighs that sat in the fridge for a week, I tossed them on the grill to reheat and crisp up the skin a little, mopped with S B Rays, so good!

I just discovered it!


Pros: Sweet, thick, just enough bite

Cons: Thinking about it makes me hungry

I just found this sauce a few weeks ago and will probably never buy anything else! It was buy one/get one free so I bought 4. I have tried just about every grocery store brand out there over the years and nothing comes close. I have used the Hickory and the original and really liked both of them. I have a bottle of the Chipolte (sp?) but haven't tried it yet

Sweet Baby Ray's - You mean there are other brands.


Pros: Not too sweet, not too spicy. Nice and thick.

Cons: The squirty lid thingy falls out if you squeeze to hard.

This is the only sauce I've bought for the last 10 years or so. Great for smoking. I mix it with some apple juice and coke for a nice mop sauce. It's great on grilled chicken if you mix it with a little bourbon and molasses. And even if you don't.



Pros: inexpensive and ubiquitous

I keep some around to use when I foil ribs, in case someone doesn't like my sauce and because I like it on brats.

Good stuff


Pros: Nice mix of flavors

Cons: Tad thick

I but the 2/ 24oz bottles at Costco. For an out of the bottle sauce it is actually very good, it has a nice bit of spice without being over sweet. It is a tad thick, but still good. I make a sauce using 1 part Sweet Baby Rays, 1/2 part apple juice, 1/2 part cider vinegar, brown sugar to taste..... and if you want a little bit of kick add 1-2 teaspoons of red chili flakes. Bring it to a boil then reduce heat to low and let it reduce for 15-20 minutes. Goes great on pork, chicken, and beef.

Sweet baby rays


Pros: Great sauce

My wife and I have tried many sauces,..... But all we use now and have for years now is Sweet Baby Ray's.
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