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Heinz’s Regionally Inspired BBQ Sauces Review

Summer BBQ Grilling

The back-to-school season may be upon us (say it ain’t so!), but that does not mean summer is over yet!  What better way to enjoy the last relaxing weeks of the season than with some summer grilling.  Our family loves to grill out, and with BBQ sauce being the universal favorite condiment on almost any entrée (chicken, pork, burgers, veggies), you better believe we were excited to sample the new options in the Heinz BBQ Pitmaster Collection!  They’ve got the perfect match for you, no matter what your palate might be craving, but don’t skimp – get the variety pack and conduct your own taste-test (we did!).

One of the things I love most about these sauces is that each one was inspired by a regional recipe and created by partnering with local pitmasters!  The result is that each recipe doesn’t just bear the name of its regional inspiration, but is spot-on with the flavors you’d expect, without the travel required to get there.  And with the sample pack, everyone is sure to find their favorite!

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We were sent a sample pack to test and review that included the Texas Bold & Spicy, Memphis Sweet & Spicy, Kansas City Sweet & Smokey, and Carolina Tangy Vinegar Style.  My eldest daughter preferred the sweet smoke of Kansas City, while my younger daughter dug the hint of spice in the Memphis.  The husband and I both agreed that the bold heat of the Texas variety was our favorite.  The only one we would pass on was the Carolina Vinegar; though with its apple cider vinegar undertones, it is right up my mother’s alley.  Safe to say, each bottle found a home with a different person!

Ready to find your fix?  Below you’ll find a blurb about a few of the barbecue sauce varieties, along with the names of the pitmaster partners, and a link to a regionally inspired recipe.  Once you’ve sufficiently whetted your taste buds, enter the Heinz BBQ Pitmaster Collection GIVEAWAY below for your chance to win a sample variety pack!  Can’t wait that long?  Head to your local grocery store and pick them up today.  Your backyard BBQ, complete with Heinz sauces, some Homemade Cream Soda, and these Rolo Chocolate Chip Cookies, should be enough to ward off the back-to-school stress for at least a few extra hours.

Texas: In Texas, there’s nothing shy about barbecue, and a great Texas style sauce means bold flavors and big personality. This sauce captures the very best of Texas barbecue – combining spices like cumin and chili powder for a sauce that’s bold and flavorful with just the right kick.  Pitmaster Partner: Robert Sierra of S&S Pit Crew competition barbecue team.  Regionally Inspired Recipe: BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwiches with Coleslaw.

☀ Memphis: Rock-n-Roll isn’t the only revolutionary combo courtesy of Memphis. The city’s barbecue also shakes things up. With sweet brown sugar and the flavors of the region’s traditional dry rubs, this is a sweet and spicy sauce that’s sure to please.  Pitmaster Partner: Dan Brown of Leonard’s PIT Barbecue.  Regionally Inspired Recipe: Memphis-Style Sweet and Spicy BBQ Chicken.

Kansas City: “Sweet and smoky” lends to the signature flavor profiles of this city’s sought-after barbecue. A thick sauce shadowed by a sweet tang takes traditional pit-style Kansas City BBQ up a crowd-pleasing notch.  Pitmaster Partner: Joe & Mike Pearce of Slap’s BBQ.  Regionally Inspired Recipe: Kansas City BBQ Ribs.

☀ Carolina Vinegar: Carolina is all about the traditions of whole-hog barbecue slow-cooked over wood coals. Meet a true Carolina style sauce that blends the tang of apple cider vinegar, with just the right balance of sweet and spice to make it the perfect addition to pulled pork.  Pitmaster Partner: Sam Jones of Skylight Inn.  Regionally Inspired Recipe: Carolina-Style BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders.

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*This is a sponsored post.  Kraft Heinz provided me with a sample pack of the Heinz BBQ Pitmaster Collection in order to conduct this review.  One winner will also receive Heinz BBQ products. All opinions are 100% my honest assessment.

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  • Angelica Dimeo August 25, 2017, 10:04 pm

    I am most excited to try the Memphis style

  • Birdie Skolfield August 25, 2017, 9:55 pm

    I wanna try the Memphis I know it’ll be sooooo yummmmy

  • Heather D August 25, 2017, 8:53 pm

    The Carolina Vinegar sounds good. I’d love to try them all.

  • Nicole Lancaster August 25, 2017, 4:06 pm

    I am excited to try the Memphis Heinz’s BBQ Pitmaster sauce.

  • Teresa A Thompson August 25, 2017, 3:56 pm

    Carolina Vinegar would be my top pick.

  • Edye August 25, 2017, 12:04 pm

    I’d like the Memphis one!

  • Linda Madden August 25, 2017, 1:35 am

    I want to try the Kansas City sweet and smokey

  • Breanna Pollard August 23, 2017, 1:14 pm


  • sarah s August 22, 2017, 10:52 pm

    One of the first flavors I would like to try is the Memphis.

  • Marissa M August 22, 2017, 9:26 pm

    Would love to try the Memphis!

  • Jennifer Reed August 21, 2017, 3:32 pm

    As a midwest girl I am most excited by the Kansas City Heinz Regionally Inspired Sauce.

  • Cheryl Chervitz August 21, 2017, 12:28 pm

    I love their sauces. My favorite is the Carolina Vinegar sauce. I didn’t know how much I liked it until we tried it.

  • Lauren August 21, 2017, 8:43 am

    I want to try the Memphis-style sauce.

  • Terra Heck August 21, 2017, 3:33 am

    I’m most excited to try Kansas City Sweet & Smokey. Thanks.

  • vickie August 20, 2017, 5:14 pm

    I would love to try the Memphis BBQ -I always have heard how good that is!

  • Laurie Nykaza August 19, 2017, 10:58 pm

    Carolina Vinegar sauce sounds so good love to try it.

  • barbg August 19, 2017, 3:42 pm

    I am eating their memphis bbq right now & really do like it, has a bit of heat that kicks in. So I will say Texas is up next!

  • Virginia Rowell August 18, 2017, 10:27 am

    I am excited to try the Texas Bold & Spicy!

  • Sarah August 15, 2017, 2:28 pm

    My husband, the Texan wants to try the Texas one, of course! I’m more of a Memphis style BBQ person!

  • Donna L August 15, 2017, 10:17 am

    I would like to try the Carolina Vinegar sauce.

  • Lisa V. August 13, 2017, 12:39 am

    I would be most excited to try the Carolina flavor. I used to live in South Carolina and would be interested to see if this matches up with the Carolina BBQ that I recall.

  • Wendy R. August 12, 2017, 10:37 pm

    I’d like to try Kansas City or Memphis!

  • Georgiana August 10, 2017, 8:54 pm

    Memphis would be delicious!

  • Tara L August 10, 2017, 8:29 pm

    All of them sound really good, but would love to try the Memphis Sweet & Spicy I think would taste really really good on some meats.

  • Raymond August 10, 2017, 8:05 am

    Carolina Vinegar sounds very tasty. Thanks!

  • Dana Matthews August 9, 2017, 11:27 pm

    I’m most excited to try the Carolina Vinegar!

  • Janet August 9, 2017, 10:12 pm

    I would love to try the Mephis style

  • Jeffrey August 9, 2017, 6:32 pm

    I’m most excited to try the Carolina Vinegar because its something I’ve never had!

  • Danielle Jones August 9, 2017, 5:21 pm

    My family would like to try the Texas style first. We like things with a kick to it so I think this one would be perfect for us.

  • Cheryl B August 9, 2017, 8:36 am

    I would like to try the Kansas City sauce.

  • Renata August 9, 2017, 7:37 am

    I love apple cider vinegar so I’d enjoy the Carolina Vinegar sauce!

  • Jackie August 8, 2017, 11:02 pm

    I’m looking forward to trying the Memphis Sweet & Spicy.
    Thank you!

  • Marcia Goss August 8, 2017, 4:23 pm

    I can’t wait to try the Memphis style sauce.

  • Tim August 8, 2017, 1:13 pm

    Being in Texas, I am most interested in the Texas variety, but I also want to do a compare and contrast with the other varieties.

  • Vickie August 8, 2017, 12:29 pm

    Oh my..love this and BBQ.
    As southenerns a favorite thing..every weekend.
    And, sauces are serious! Haha..and regional too.
    Fave is all..lol..starting with carolina and the vinegar..
    We have family from all the southern states..a few like sweet..rubs and wet or dry..it’s a personal thing and hotly debated.
    We can please everyone with this awesome collection.

  • Carol August 8, 2017, 7:48 am

    Since I spent 30+ years in Pittsburgh, I am loyal to all Heinz products .

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