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Review: KC Masterpiece Southern-Style BBQ Sauce

So recently I got an e-mail that I had been selected to receive a free sample of KC Masterpiece’s newest BBQ sauce, Southern-Style.  I don’t know what the selection process was but I am satisfied with the result, free stuff.

KC Masterpiece Southern-Style BBQ SauceSo I know what you may be asking, “Isn’t all barbecue sauce Southern?”  The answer, of course, is yes.  All barbecue is, at its heart, Southern but other areas have put their unique regional spin on it led of course by the folks in Kansas City.  In fact, the Kansas City style of sauce – tomato-based, sweet, smokey with a touch of spice – is what most people think of when they think of BBQ sauce.

There are literally hundreds of brands of BBQ sauce in the US however more than half of what is sold in stores carries the KC Masterpiece label.  The newest addition to the KC Masterpiece line is the Southern-Style which is essentially an homage to Memphis BBQ.

This sauce is still, at its roots, a Kansas City sauce but in Memphis the sauce is a little thinner, contains less sugar and more cider vinegar than its Midwestern cousin.  From a personal standpoint I have grown to prefer the Memphis version over the years.  I like a more acidic, less sweet sauce.

I have to admit that the KC Masterpiece Southern-Style is pretty darned good.  It has the tangy notes and bit of fire that I appreciate from the Memphis sauce when eating it on pork ribs or chicken.  For beef I still go for the standard KC style as I like the smokey sweetness better with beef.

I do have one complaint with KC Masterpiece Southern-Style BBQ Sauce but it’s the same complaint I have with most commercial sauces – High Fructose Corn Syrup.  I know it’s cheaper than sugar but it’s also much worse for you, too.  It’s the main reason I tend to make my sauce from scratch.  I would gladly pay a little extra for sauce made with cane sugar but I’m sure it is not a big deal to most people.  If HFCS isn’t an issue for you then you should have no reservations about trying this tasty new sauce.  In fact, even if it is an issue you should try a bottle; sometimes you have to dance with the devil.

Sweet Surprise Parody

This video shows what the Sweet Surprise commercials would be like if they weren’t obscuring all of the facts about High Fructose Corn Syrup.  I’m sure I’ll be hearing from a lawyer about this one.  If I do get contacted by lawyer for the Corn Refiners Association I will consider it an admission on their part that everything in this video is pure fact.  Also, if you sue me, I will kick you.  Now that we know where everyone stands let’s have a little fun shall we:

Fun Fast Food Facts with Soda and Burger

Here’s a cartoon that cuts through the conjecture surrounding fast food and how healthy it is or isn’t. It’s an adult discussion:

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SNL Takes Shot At HFCS Commercials

Since it first aired in the 1970’s Saturday Night Live has tackled issues the regular media won’t touch.  From time to time they have also been guilty of trading their ethics in order to advance their personal political agendas (especially the past four or five years).  But they still occasionally take on “the man” on controversial issues.

Recently SNL spoofed those highly unethical Sweet Surprise disinformation commercials the folks at the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) lobby put together in an attempt to confuse the general public about the ever increasing dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup (aka HFCS, aka Corn Syrup).  This is not only a big deal because it is the first real attention the national media has given to the issue but also because it seems to buck at SNL’s recent trend of blindly supporting the Obama Administration regardless of its obvious failures in certain areas.

You see, Monsanto and other large agribusiness companies (the ones who profit from HFCS) were among the largest contributors to the Obama candidacy.  In return for their financial backing they were rewarded by getting to put their own people in charge of the government agencies that are charged with regulating them.  The number of agribusiness lobbyists now operating within this administration is staggering with the two most notable moles being USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and FDA Food Czar Michael Taylor.  The result is that neither department can be considered reliable anymore.

I was recently at an event with a number of food writers.  Most worked directly for large publications.  They related tales of how food writers were being harassed by Sweet Surprise anytime they wrote something unflattering about HFCS.  If they wrote an opinion column they were hit with libel suits.  If they dared to publish any of the mountains of scientific research that reveals the truth about HFCS they are getting buried with cease and desist orders and other frivolous ligation.

From a legal standpoint none of these suits have a leg to stand on.  Opinion columns (like this one) are just that, a statement of opinion and are Constitutionally protected.  And it has never been a crime to print scientific results.  That isn’t the point, CRA knows they don’t stand a chance of winning any of these suits.  The point is to harass the parent organizations into telling their food writers to just leave well enough alone.  It is litigious terrorism.

Well, chalk one up for the good guys:

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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