It’s said “Dimples …makes all the difference.” Dimples BBQ Sauce is the creation of Rich & Jan Campana and the sauce comes out of North Carolina. Well, I’m not sure about you, but when I think of barbeque sauces and North Carolina, my thought quickly goes to a vinegar sauce often used on pulled pork or a mustard style sauce. You are told to “Cuddle your tongue with Dimples BBQ Sauce, a pleasant medley of sweet tomatoes and tangy vinegar. Dimples compliments anything you can grill into a beautiful blend of barbeque harmony. With its smooth texture and joyful flavor, Dimples defies all categories of smokey goodness.” Dimples is different from what I expected to see or taste, so here is my review of the sauce.
Anytime I have a new bottle of barbeque sauce I like to put it through what I call my simple test phase; this consist of opening the bottle and smelling the sauce to see how aroused my sense of smell will become. See there are times I smell a sauce and just can’t wait to test it out of some ribs, chicken and so on, but that was not the case with Dimples. Upon smelling it, it smelled like tomato paste, nothing fancy. Because of this I wanted to make sure I tried it out on several things so I wouldn’t have a biased view of the sauce based on what I smelled. Next, I tried some on a spoon. It came out quickly like tomato sauce and I almost spilled it. Being from Ohio, I’m used to thicker sauces so I had to remind myself; this is a North Carolina based sauce which tends to not be as thick as I’m use to. Upon tasting it I was Blown away! Seeing it didn’t impress me by its smell I had NO IDEA the taste of the sauce would be so dynamic. Within 1 minute I began to think to myself maybe “Dimples …makes all the difference.”
The bottle is what i believe barbeque sauce bottles should look like. The label is around the mid section of the bottle allowing you to see the sauce in the upper and lower portions. It had a black cap and black plastic protective shrink-wrap. Their label has the traditional things, their logo, company address, nutrition facts and ingredients. I like their logo, a cute, happy, smiling pig with a red and white picnic tablecloth pattern behind him. Just makes you want to barbeque! The ingredients were not surprising but the flavor spectrum you get from the sauce considering the ingredients used is surprising all day long!
Do to my initial thought about the sauce I tried it on several things and not just simply on ribs. I tried Dimples BBQ Sauce on ribs, burnt ends and on some chicken wings.
Baby Back Ribs: As it turns out, I’m barbequing just about every weekend, so I tried the sauce on some baby back ribs. The sauce is sweet and tangy so I figured there is nothing better to pair it with than some ribs with a bit of a sweet rub. You can find the rub I used below. I cooked the ribs using whats known as the 3-2-1 method, seeing they were baby back ribs I usually cut it down to a 2-2-1. I glazed the ribs with the sauce the last 30 minutes of cooking. The ribs were GREAT, they were tangy, sweet and wonderful. If you like sweet and tangy ribs this is surely the sauce to use.
- – 1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
- – 2 Tbsp Chili Powder
- – 2 Tbsp Onion Powder
- – 2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
- – 2 Tbsp Sea Salt or Course Salt
- – 2 Tbsp Ground Black Pepper
- – 1 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
- – 1 Tbsp Ground Ginger
- – 1 Tbsp White Sugar
Burnt Ends: These were made Easter Sunday. To see my recipe and rub for the brisket from which these burnt ends came from, be sure and check out the post Easter Sunday Beef Brisket. I typically use a rub on my brisket that has a little kick of heat to it, so I figured Dimples BBQ Sauce would pair great with the burnt ends and give them balance plus some sweetness. After tossing them in Dimples and placing them back on the grill, I served them as an appetizer before dinner was served. From the comments made by family and friends the sauce was a winner. I know because they kept asking… “what kind of sauce is this.” The next day, the few burnt ends that were left were even better.
Chicken: My wife fried some chicken wings one day and I tried Dimples on them, and yes it was good and I was impressed again. I also tried a recipe I found online for Dimples BBQ Chicken Wings on a site called “Taste Of Southern.” I highly suggest you try this recipe with Dimples BBQ sauce if you are into wings! You may never want Buffalo Wild Wings or any sports bar wings again.
Dimples BBQ Sauce is like that old saying…. “don’t judge a book by its cover.” I prejudged the sauce based on its smell and viscosity only to find out that my nose and eyes had misled me. Dimples is a great all around sauce and to quote them “Dimples compliments anything you can grill….” plus a few fried things as well.
I suggest you give Dimples BBQ Sauce a try, and order some today. I’m pretty sure you will like it also.