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Published May 30, 2010, 12:00 AM

Slather on flavor with a wide variety of barbeque sauces

Do a little shopping and you’ll find that there are enough marinades and barbecue sauces to coat every pig on the planet several times over.

Do a little shopping and you’ll find that there are enough marinades and barbecue sauces to coat every pig on the planet several times over.

And amid all that variety are some pretty out-of-the-ordinary concoctions. We did some looking around and found a few options for shaking up the taste buds, or at least piquing your family’s interest, this grill season. Here’s a rundown of sauces made of booze and soda, as well as a few that are made locally.

Dr Pepper More-Than-Mesquite Marinade

Americans don’t get enough high-fructose corn syrup in their diet, but Dr Pepper is doing its part to fill this nutritional gap by offering a marinade. It’s not such an odd concept since some use soda for marinating anyway.

Available at Hornbacher’s.

Budweiser barbecue sauce

It would seem that the “King of Beers” would also like to be “King of Barbecue” (Who knew each food group had its own ruler?) The Budweiser sauce comes in regular and honey varieties.

Available at Hornbacher’s.

Jim Beam marinade

Keeping with the booze motif, famous Kentucky bourbon distiller Jim Beam is also in on the grill action with its own marinade. It purports to add “a rich and subtle bourbon taste to your next special meal.” It makes no guarantees about everyday meals.

Available at www.jimbeamstore.com.

Jack Daniel’s barbecue sauces

Not to be outdone, whiskey distiller Jack Daniels has its own line of sauces, including the Original No. 7 Recipe, Honey Smokehouse, Hickory Brown Sugar and Spicy.

Available at Sunmart.

Famous Dave’s Apricot Bourbon barbecue sauce

What is it with alcohol and barbecue? Even Famous Dave’s couldn’t resist testing the intemperate waters with this intriguing blend of apricot and bourbon flavor. Dave even threw in some chipotle peppers for a little bite.

Available at Sunmart and www.famousbbqstore.com.

Dakota Slim’s barbecue sauces

If you want a taste made close to home, both the “Five Alarm” and “Prairie Fire” varieties of Dakota Slim’s barbecue sauces are produced in Hillsboro, N.D. (Incidentally, and to his credit, Slim admits on his website that he’s “not all that slim.”)

Available at www.dakotaslimsauces.com and Hornbacher’s.

Bonnie’s Country Classic BBQ Sauces

Or try Bonnie’s Country Classic sauces. This Fargo-based product comes in original, mustard, fruity and Tex-Mex varieties.

Available at www.bonniescountryclassic.com and Scheels Home and Hardware in Fargo.

DeMars Foods Meat Man’s Marinade

This Williston, N.D.-based marinade comes in four distinct formulations: shrimp, beef, pork and chicken.

Available at Scheels and www.shopndmall.com.

D.L. Jardine’s Texas Pecan BBQ Sauce

You just don’t see a lot of sauces with the word “pecan” in the title. The label on this $5.99 jar of meat varnish says, “Try this … and you’ll be trying a little Texas.”

Available at Scheels.

Road Kill Grill Seasonings rub

How could a rub with the words “road kill” not make the list? The tagline on the can is “Makes all critters taste great.”

Available at Scheels.

Da’Bomb Ground Zero hot sauce

If the $12.99 price tag doesn’t deter you, the 234,000 Scoville heat scale units should. Per comparison, a jalapeno is in the 2,500 to 8,000 unit range.

“This sauce is the hottest on earth,” the bottle says.

Why anyone would want this is unknown, but it’s available at Scheels.

Night of the Living Bar-B-Q Sauce

Adorned with the image of pigs and cows chasing some guy in grilling attire, this $6 jar of barbecue flavor makes the list for superficial reasons. I’m not sure what “Night of the Living Bar-B-Q Sauce” means (though it may refer to the product’s spiciness), but it’s funny.

“Repeat after me,” the label reads. “It’s only a bar-b-q sauce … It’s only a bar-b-q sauce.”

Available at Scheels.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Shane Mercer at (701) 451-5734

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