Baby Ray's

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by sharptailhunter, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. A few people have recommended that I get some Sweet Baby Ray's as I'm looking to smoke some ribs which will end up with a sort of sweet glaze on em. What I DON'T want is a perfectly good rack of ribs that have been covered with some ubiquitous brand bbq sauce, i.e. Kraft, Stubbs, etc.

    So, is this stuff what I should be looking for? If so, where can I get it... only online?

    If anybody has any suggestions for what I can do other than the traditional mopping with apple juice/mix please feel free to steer me in the right direction.
     
  2. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    NY
    IMO while sweet baby ray's is a decent bottled sauce, it is still a bottled sauce.

    There are plenty of recipes to make your own that taste a lot better IMO.

    Here is one I make a lot

    1 cup ketchup
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    1 Tablespoon of your favorite rub
    1/2 cup vinegar
    1 Tablespoon Worchestershore sauce

    Mix ingredients together and heat to a simmer, then let cool.
     
  3. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    sweet baby rays is a store bought sauce but far more supurb than the rest-they have different typs-I use it as a base,than add beer-some heat-etc.a little goes a long way.most large food stores carry it.not sure where u live but here in the west it's everywhere-I think if origanated in georgia
     
  4. arubaariba

    arubaariba Fire Starter

    Don't know what part of the US you are from, but Sweet Baby Rays is at most larger food store in the Midwest (Cub, Pick n Save, Woodmans, etc). Also, if you have restaurants called Charcoal Grill in your area - can buy some there.

    I came across a sauce - Mississippi BBQ Sauce - www.mississippibbq.com
    The Sweet Apple (is pretty sweet) is different. But I mixed it with some Hickory sauce and turned out good!! I've been known to mix the last of the bottles and add some more stuff to taste
     
  5. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If you don't want to use pre-made, then make your own. This is a recipe I've been using for a while. Brush it on several times in the last hour and you'll have a nice thick sticky glaze:

    GWF's Peach Rib Glaze
    2 lb. can peaches, drained
    1/2 c. dark brown sugar
    1/2 c. Honey
    2/3 c. catsup
    2/3 c. cider vinegar
    Dash pepper
    4 tbsp. soy sauce
    4 cloves garlic
    2-3 tsp. ginger
    2 tsp. salt
    2 tsp Sesame Seeds (sometimes I use Sesame seed oil, but go light on it)

    Mix together in a blender. I simmer over the stove on low for about an hour just to reduce it a bit and thicken it up. Then I coat on the ribs during the last hour as needed; usually about every 15 minutes. Very sweet and sticky; very asian.
     
  6. Thanks for the replies, all those recipes sound great. I'm here in Idaho, should be able to find it somewhere out here. I went the first 30 years of my life not knowing what REAL que was like until I went to Kansas City for grad school. I was hooked then and still can't get enough of it. Unfortunately, we Idahoans only know potatoes and not que, so I now get to do it myself.

    Thanks again for all the tips, you guys do know your stuff.
     
  7. ba_loko

    ba_loko Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I'd recommend getting in touch with Jeff, the site owner, and purchasing his recipe for sauce and rub. It can't be beat, and is easily modified to suit your tastes. On top of that, your purchase helps support this site.

    I'm glad I bought the recipe!
     
  8. sdesmond

    sdesmond Fire Starter

    Man I will say I do love me some Sweet Baby Rays. Just something about it. Also, I am a Regional Meat Buyer for Whole Foods Market and we carry a brand called Austins Own. It is really some phenominal BBQ sauce. If you are ever in a WFM I reccomend getting a bottle of it. Pick up some meat to while you are at it . [​IMG] You wont be dissapointed.
     
  9. iadubber

    iadubber Meat Mopper

    If I don't feel like making a glaze or sauce I'll do 5 parts KC masterpiece and 1 part Honey. It seems to satisfy the family.
     
  10. teeotee

    teeotee Smoking Fanatic

    If you don't want to make your own then baby rays is good for a store bought sauce and is a good price.
     
  11. fritz

    fritz Meat Mopper

    I'm with iadubber. I'm not a fan of baby ray's, tastes too much like corn syrup to me. iadubber's recipe comes from BRITU and can be modified anyway you like. I like to add dry mustard to give it a little tang.
     
  12. peculiarmike

    peculiarmike Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    First, it originated in Chicago.
    It's not bad sauce. I have used the Sweet Baby Ray's Honey BBQ Sauce to glaze baby backs and it was very good. I know some comp. folks who use it the same way and have good results.
    I do not buy or use KC Masterpiece. Sauce for the masses.
    Sauce is subjective. It comes down to what YOU like. Others may (probably won't) not like what you like and WILL suggest what they like. You gotta please yourself.
     
  13. twistertail

    twistertail Smoking Fanatic

    I like Baby Rays, they have a honey chipotle that is really good.
     
  14. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    BR's okay, but I cut it with cider vineger.
     
  15. navionjim

    navionjim Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Get Jeff's sauce and rub recipe, best money you'll spend all year.
    Jimbo
     
  16. navionjim

    navionjim Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    This is a recipe I've been using for a while. Brush it on several times in the last hour and you'll have a nice thick sticky glaze:

    GWF's Peach Rib Glaze
    2 lb. can peaches, drained
    1/2 c. dark brown sugar
    1/2 c. Honey
    2/3 c. catsup
    2/3 c. cider vinegar
    Dash pepper
    4 tbsp. soy sauce
    4 cloves garlic
    2-3 tsp. ginger
    2 tsp. salt
    2 tsp Sesame Seeds (sometimes I use Sesame seed oil, but go light on it)

    Mix together in a blender. I simmer over the stove on low for about an hour just to reduce it a bit and thicken it up. Then I coat on the ribs during the last hour as needed; usually about every 15 minutes. Very sweet and sticky; very asian.[/quote]

    Thanks Geek! I've been looking for a good asian one. Point to you my man!
    Jimbo
     
  17. pne123

    pne123 Meat Mopper

    i also make my own now but if i have to use store bought i only baby rays spice bbq.
     
  18. bertjo44

    bertjo44 Smoking Fanatic

    Another vote for Sweet Baby Rays. Wal*Mart has it (at least here). Another good store bought is Tony Roma's (they have 4 flavors, Carolina Honey is my favorite), which is a pretty good rib restaurant (you can also order from their website). Another good sauce is Calhouns Restaurant in Gatlinburg, TN (they specialize in ribs). You can order their sauce by calling 865-673-3400 x34. I have eaten there a couple of times and always bring back sauce for me and my father-in-law.
     
  19. steve s

    steve s Newbie

    I get Sweet Baby Ray's by the gallon at Menards. Cut it with apple juice or cider and use it as a mop. Use it straight on pork and chicken, taste good.
    Also use a recipe from a old deer hunting cook book thats pretty good too.
     
  20. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I would like to add that I make plenty of sauses-rubs -marinades etc-and in a pinch SB is a good tool to play with if time is not there.
     

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