Ultimate BBQ Sauce Taste Test

– Today we raise the bar BQ sauce – Let's talk about that

(groovy electronic music) – Good Mythical Summer – If you're going to Anaheim for VidCon next week, don't miss the Mythical booth in hall A, and if you're not, you can check it out on Instagram We're gonna have crew meet and greets, exclusive merch, and Lost Causes of Bleak Creek temporary tattoos, plus on Saturday Rhett and I will be doing a live Q&A and a meet and greet so see ya there or online – Next week is the 4th of July and did you know for every chicken wing you lose down your grill grate, an angel gains a chicken wing? That's the miracle of 4th of July – Okay so in preparation for your wing grilling, today we're gonna help you decide what's the best sauce to baste those wings in

It's time for There Are Too Many Barbecue Sauces, So We're Gonna Taste A Few, Find Our Fave, and Cut Out Losses – Okay in order to narrow down the field, one side of our bracket will contain the four best-selling sauces in America which are Sweet Baby Ray's, Jack Daniels Original Number 7, Kraft, and KC Masterpiece – Okay and on the other side of the bracket are what we're calling the beast eats and it contains what you, the Mythical Beasts said you preferred based on your responses on Twitter Now that also overwhelmingly meant that Sweet Baby Ray's was your favorite but it's already in the best-selling bracket so the next highest were Stubb's, Bull's-Eye, Head Country, and Famous Dave's – All the sauces will be the brand's original flavor and we're gonna be tasting them head to head until we eventually reach one best-seller versus one beast eats to battle it out for the title of best barbecue sauce

Let's get to tasting (rock music) – Number one best-seller, Sweet Baby Ray's, which everybody seems to love, versus Jack Daniels Original Number 7 – Okay Sweet Baby Ray's was actually invented in Chicago by Chef Larry who, not a lie, incidentally catered Ellie's parents' wedding – So it's not Sweet Baby Larry's It's named after his brother

That was his basketball nickname Mm – That's good – Sweet, got a little bite – That's really, really good

– I'm gonna put my drumstick on the back if I need to go in again Now, again, there's so many choices I was actually in the grocery store barbecue sauce aisle last week making this choice and I just felt– – Overwhelmed – So overwhelmed – It's like buying toilet paper

– And you know what I did? I got Sweet Baby Ray's because– – But there's so many of 'em – Because of the packaging This is very good It's notably smokier than Sweet Baby Ray's I mean I'd be disappointed if Sweet Baby Ray's was not sweet, that would be weird

– It has concentrated raisin juice in it – Is that what I'm tasting? – Do you taste the raisin juice? Here's what I'll say about Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet Baby Ray's has a little kick that I really, really like – Got something I didn't wanna eat in my mouth – That's good

– Right off the bat we've got a tough decision to make I chose Sweet Baby Ray's to purchase because it looks like a down home packaging This is so fancy and you know, they make whiskey and now they're makin' barbecue sauce – There's still a sticker though – I was about to buy this but then I like knowing that just some guy named Ray, it's not even the truth, is making this in his backyard

– I just think it tastes better I don't think it comes down to the packaging I think that it just– – Right – It's sweet and it's a little bit spicy It's a perfect balance

I'm gonna send this one along, are you on the same boat? – Absolutely – All right Sweet Baby Ray's movin' on (rock music) Now we got the second and third best-selling sauces Kraft versus KC Masterpiece Now this is Kraft which unlike a lot of commercial sauces, does not contain high fructose corn syrup – Mm

That's weird, how would you describe that? – Mass produced Large batch Not small batch – The label is representative of the experience I'm having Kinda generic but odd

– This should be sold in an incredibly large container – Now KC Masterpiece, this is some thick, dark goodness It's got a cowboy taking a knee on the label You know if it brings a cowboy to his knees, you better buckle up, bronco – And this was invented in 1977 which is a year I'm partial to

– This is clearly better than that Which I'm gonna start saying is pretty horrible – Yeah, you know what, I'm not saying I'm a huge fan of the KC Masterpiece Got a little too much molasses in it for me It's way better than Kraft though

– Oh yeah – KC Masterpiece, movin' along! (rock music) – Now we're over on the beast eats bracket We got Stubb's, the number one seed versus Bull's-Eye in the fourth seed – Okay Stubb's was created by former Korean War mess sergeant CB

Stubblefield at Stubb's legendary barbecue in Lubbock, Texas, 1968, and then it took until 1992 to become available in stores – It's a thinner sauce It feels like it's got some more vinegar in it – It has an interesting spice in it though, I will say I'm trying to place that

– The Bull's-Eye used to be the official barbecue sauce of Burger King's Rodeo Cheeseburger but then in 2007, Sweet Baby Ray's swept in and took over This is back when I used to eat the Rodeo Cheeseburger Sweeter sauce – It has that I should go on something at Burger King taste – It really does, I mean, well, I think you associate it with the Rodeo Cheeseburger, at least back in my heyday and I think that is, that's tipping the scales in the negative category

– Yeah it's just, again, it has this not as much care went into this sort of taste Whoever's gonna buy this doesn't care as much – I actually think it's also overwhelming – In what way? – The taste – (chuckles) It's overwhelming

– It's just too much, it's– – Emotionally – It's just a wall of sauce – Okay we're in agreement Stubb's movin' along (rock music) And finally we've got your second favorite sauce, Head Country versus your third favorite, Famous Dave's

– Never heard of this – [Rhett] Me neither Head Country began in 1947 when Bud and Freda Head started selling their sauce from their Oklahoma ranch house So this has got some history – Mm

Smoky and sweet, kind of middle-of-the-road in that way – [Rhett] Mm – Raised the eyebrows – That's a good sauce Your eyebrows go down, my eyebrows go up

– Yeah, keep it balanced, man, like a good sauce – And over here, I like this packaging It's kinda crappy (Rhett laughs) In a good way – Right, it's a sign that maybe this is gonna be good

– It says rich and sassy, see if it's rich and sassy, started by Dave Anderson in 1994 in Hayward, Wisconsin? Okay, we got a Wisconsin sauce in the mix – This is totally different It's a little sassy, it's got some spice to it – It's good, this is tough – This one's not easy

There's not an immediate favorite here I'm gonna just pop this off Pour it out It's sealed for my protection – Pour some of this out too

I like to taste it off the – Get that straight – This one actually has a raisiny sweetness to it

It tastes a little bit like a prune situation I am very confident that Head Country is better There's a pruneishness – Taste the prune – Like the Jack Daniels raisin

– This is tangier – Mm-hmm – You know what I'm sayin'? I feel like it has a little bit of spice too but it's a more well-balanced flavor I think we're going into Head Country – (chuckles) Head first

(rock music) Sweet Baby Ray's versus Kansas City Masterpiece – [Rhett] So we're movin' on to pulled pork for this round because we're trying to pick the best all-around sauce to meet all your saucing needs – Uh-huh – [Rhett] Sometimes that might be pork – Having tasted a bunch of other ones, the Sweet Baby Ray's is much sweeter than spicy, hence the name

Kansas City, much smokier – I typically don't sauce my pork to this degree Just so you know – [Link] I think it helps in this situation though – But when you're trying to figure out what the best sauce is, it definitely helps

– I'm trying to figure out– – For me, having gone back and forth, I feel like there's a clear winner I feel like the KC Masterpiece does a good job of complimenting pulled pork, I will say that, 'cause it's got a smokiness to it – I enjoy it a little bit better on the pulled pork, but factoring in both rounds– – I just think that the tanginess of this sauce is ultimately more pleasing to my palette This is getting a little too sweet, molassesy for me – Oh really? – Again, this is really balanced

Tangy, spicy and sweet – Versatile – Yeah so– – Sweet Baby Ray's – Movin' to the finals (rock music) Now Stubb's versus Head Country

– Mm-hmm, where America comes together I'll go for some Stubb's first since you're already in there – Okay, now that specific spice I'm talkin' about That is a unique flavor I don't know what, you know what I'm talkin' about? – Yes

– There's something in there It's not that I don't like it but I don't love it – It's actually milder – What is that spice? – Than both of them in the previous rounds There's really no sweetness in it so if you're going for sweet, you're not gonna go for Stubb's

– I cannot identify the spice based on the ingredients Josh can probably help us later and tell us what we're actually tasting – Now for the Head Country – It's almost like a Christmasy taste – It's mostly sweet, as I may have already said

There's a tanginess, not a smokiness A sweet and tangy that I really like – I gotta say Head Country, nope Head Country does not taste good on pulled pork – I like it

– I do not like it, but I also don't like this – So you just like, but which one do you like less? Overall, factoring in the chicken as well – I thought I was a big fan of Stubb's but I gotta say, there's a flavor profile in here that's throwing me off – Yeah – I think Head Country wins this round although I actually am disappointed in how it tasted on the pork

– It's movin' on (rock music) – Here we are at the finals, the best tasting best-seller, Sweet Baby Ray's versus the yummiest fan fave Head Country – Head Country – And we're movin' into ribs – Let's go to Head Country first, okay? They're both in plastic bottles which I love because when it's empty you can smoosh it down and it doesn't take up as much room in your recycling bin

– Oh I'm glad you thought of that – But again, that's not helpin' us But this one's got a flip top and that one you gotta twist off, so that's a point for the Head Country in my mind and– – That's not what we're judging – But I like the label better– – Which one tastes better? – On Sweet Baby Ray's – It's not about the packaging

– 'Cause it's unassuming – It's about which one tastes better – It's unassuming, it's not trying too hard – First of all, Josh, did you make these ribs from scratch? – I did – Did you raise the pig? – [Josh] I sure did

I named him after you – It's a good rib, Josh – This is a championship style rib That's a good rib, I'm trying not to just judge it by how good the rib is – Mm

– I wasn't distracted by the sauce, I'll say that much Both of us tend to like a dry rub rib – Yeah, but– – Wet rib territory – [Link] That was very good – Wow, these ribs are so good that the sauce is secondary

– Second fiddle And that's really what you want You don't want a sauce that overpowers a really good rib – Okay – They both pass that test

– We're gonna have to go straight sauce, Link 'Cause I thought that I just knew going in unequivocally that Sweet Baby Ray's was takin' it home But now I gotta just go straight sauce – We're going on the spoon? – Well we gotta – [Link] Well here, let me, let's go in the same place at the same time

You gonna eat all that? – Yeah I wanna know I'm a curious, curious boy – Now we gotta put this one– – That's not how you're supposed to eat barbecue sauce – All right so now I'm gonna fill my head with some Head Country – I don't like– – There's a lot more wordplay

I don't know why I was just holding this out there like bleh I gave you the wrong thing – Something weird happenin' there – Whoa – That's what I been tastin'

– When you taste it by itself it tastes like cocktail sauce, like seafood cocktail sauce – Yeah, not good at all – What the crap? – I don't know how Head Country snuck its head all the way to the finals– – It's got Worcestershire sauce but listen, it's not fair to do what we're doing, stop it – I wanna know! – Stop it! This is not how you do it I'm pullin' for the Head Country

– You want the Head Country to win 'cause you like the idea of a dark horse candidate 'cause that's what your speech was about when you ran for vice president in your junior year – I didn't win so it's a chip on my shoulder – Yeah Lisa Bus beat you – I think I beat myself – Listen I'm not sayin' this because I'm a people pleaser and I'm trying to make all the Mythical Beasts happy

I would not have known that I like this sauce I don't use any of these popular sauces in my barbecue stylings – It is better – This is a good sauce – It's better because even when you eat it alone, it doesn't take a weird turn

So I think– – Right Head Country took a weird turn – I'm not gonna feel weird about going with the votes because this restores my faith in humanity – Yeah it's popular for a reason, because Sweet Baby Ray's is the best brand of barbecue sauce – Ladies and gentlemen, there you have it

Sweet Baby Ray's, congratulations! – Yes, thank you for liking, commenting and subscribing – You know what time it is – This is Tony – This is Jamie – And we're at the Central BBQ of Memphis, Tennessee

– [Both] It's time to spin the Wheel of Mythicality – Ooh we're jealous! – Best ribs in Memphis! Click the top link to watch us taste cranch and other weird combo condiments in Good Mythical More – And to find out where the Wheel of Mythicality's gonna land Will it taco? – [Rhett and Link] Yes! – [Link] Will proceeds from the Will It Taco chew toy go to the Humane Society? – [Rhett and Link] Yes! – [Link] Grab one now at Mythicalstore

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