For this blog post I had the opportunity to sample 3 of the sauces that are going to brought to you by rQ BBQ, rQ is a new BBQ restaurant opening in June in Shorewood, IL. rQ is owned and operated by my cousin, Ron Rupp, and he asked me to give him my honest opinion on his line of sauces. I was given 3 to try initially, Sweetness, Spicy garlic and Ivory, rQ also has a Robust, Southern Vinegar, a Mustard sauce and a Lite BBQ sauce.
rQ Sweetness sauce is a slightly thick, tomato based sauce with a sweet flavor and a little smoke. No heat to this sauce at all and it would be suitable to the whole family. It does have a little bit of bite with some vinegar at first but the sweetness comes through soon after. I found this sauce very enjoyable as did my whole family.ugh
This is also a tomato based sauce with a similar consistency to Sweetness. This sauce does have some heat to it, but just enough to make it interesting, not overpowering. Starts off with some sweetness then the heat comes into play. When I saw garlic on the label all I could think of was spaghetti sauce but this is not the case. The garlic in this sauce is in the background giving it an extra flavor profile and some depth. It went great on proteins and French fries. You get the sweet, heat and savory with this sauce and it will make you want more and more.
What has 2 thumbs and likes white BBQ sauce? This guy. I have tried Big Bob Gibson’s white sauce along with a few others and by far rQ has the best white sauce I have ever eaten. I really would not even compare this to those other sauces because the flavor profile and consistency is so different. Where the BBG’s sauce is thin, rQ’s is thicker and more substantial. Where BBG’s sauce is tart and tangy, rQ’s is a little bit sweet. I put it on meat, vegetables and salad. Yes, it can be used as a salad dressing as well. My favorite uses for it were chicken and salmon. It compliments both meats very well. I could also see people using it as a base for making dips or maybe even topping chili with it instead of sour cream. rQ really knocked it out of the park with this one.
Get ready greater Chicago area! rQ BBQ is coming soon with a planned opening of June 6th. For those living outside of Chicago, rQ sauces can be found at select retailers. Ron has over 25 years in the restaurant business and knows what it takes to run a top notch restaurant. Check the out ahead of time and see everything they have to offer at http://www.rqbarbecue.com/.