Some time ago, a good man brought back some Gates BBQ sauce for me from Kansas City. Gates is definitely one of the big names of BBQ in a city that's popular for its smok-a-licious fare. I had it on some form of protein as soon as I could get home and was immediately impressed. I found myself looking for reasons to eat it (I found it to be great with tri tip, hot dogs and spam). An excellent sauce that is slightly sweet, with a good tanginess and nice kick. My regular "go-to" sauce is Famous Dave's "Devil's Spit". So with two heavy-weights in the house, I had to have them duke it out. A sauce battle for the ages, "thrilla in Manila" style!
My wife hooked it up with some chopped pork. This is one thing I can say we do better than most BBQ joints do. She seasoned up some country strips with our standard pork rub then smoked it with hickory until it reached an internal temp of 190 degrees. What a woman! With a mound of juicy, smokey chopped pork in front of me, I ordered the sauces to their respective corners.
Dave came out with authority, landing combinations with lightning speed. Gates managed a couple jabs, but was quickly against the ropes. Dave, floatin' like a butterfly, stung like a bee and finished Gates off with a devastating upper cut.
"Gates goes down! Gates goes down!"
First round knock out! As good as Gates Extra Hot BBQ sauce is, it is no match for Famous Dave's Devil's Spit. I'd have to say that Gates is just a bit spicier, with a pleasant sweetness and nice cumin and chile undertones. But Dave brings in some complex flavors with pineapple juice and ... uh ... voodoo, maybe? It's hard to pick out individual flavors, all the spices meld together in beautiful harmony. After such a dominating win, it is clear that not even Chuck Norris could hang with Dave.
Okay, forget that, I just crossed a dangerous line right there.