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Hack’s BBQ Sauce Recipes

Hack's BBQ Sauce

Close-Up of Hack's BBQ sauce, rich and thick and delicious

Hack’s BBQ Sauce is a great BBQ Sauce for those who cannot tolerate the onions and peppers and delightful for those who just love BBQ. Hack’s is a thick and rich, tomato based, specialty sauce made by Stephen Dodd. Stephen created Hack’s BBQ Sauce in 1999 with the goal to eliminate onions and peppers from her diet for medical reasons. Hack’s BBQ Sauce has been enjoyed by family and friends for over 10 years and now we make it available to you!

We want to thank the folks over at Hack’s BBQ Sauce for allowing us to reprint their recipes. If you have dietary restrictions around onions and peppers, here are some incredible recipes for Meat Loaf, Pulled Pork and Sloppy Joes, minus the onions and peppers. Make sure that you remember to have Hack’s BBQ Sauce on hand to make all of these recipes as good as it can get!


Hack’s BBQ Margarets Meat Loaf

1 lb
1 – 1-1/2 c
1 Tbsp
1 tsp
1/4 – 1/2 tsp
1/4 – 1/2 tsp
1/3 – 1/2 c
ground beef or meat loaf mix
your favorite Italian seasoned bread crumbs
Hack’s BBQ Sauce


black pepper

Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Shape into a loaf in a baking pan.
Bake at 350° for 70 minutes


Hack’s BBQ Easy Pulled Pork

2 lb
2 c
1/2 c
country style pork ribs
Hack’s BBQ Sauce


Rinse the ribs to remove any sawdust and place in a roasting pan. Add water to the pan, cover, and place in the oven at 250° for 4 hours. When done, the meat will easily pull away from the bones with a fork. Place the pulled pork in a bowl and add 1 cup of the BBQ sauce and mix well. Then add the remaining sauce to taste. Serve on a hamburger bun. Makes 6-8 sandwiches.

Hack’s BBQ Sloppy Joes

1 lb
1 c
1/2 c
1/3 c
ground beef
Hack’s BBQ Sauce

pickle relish

In a skillet, brown the ground beef and drain the fat. Add the BBQ sauce, relish and water. Mix well and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Serve on a hamburger bun with a slice of your favorite cheese.

Elizabeth Karmel Shares “Secret Ingredient”

Our favorite and BBQ Mentor Elizabeth Karmel Interviewed By The Q recently as the BBQ Expert that she is,  representing Hill Country Barbecue, and shares tells her secret for great barbecue at The Q from the South Beach Food & Wine Festival. We love that she shares the importance of “Feeling the love” of BBQ. Checkout this short video for some inspiration!

Elizabeth Karmel grew up in North Carolina where she was raised on BBQ. Karmel is frequently quoted and generally regarded as America’s female grilling expert. Karmel created Girls at the Grill in 2001 to share her passion for outdoor cooking with girls (and any willing guy) everywhere. is committed to providing backyard cooks (and women who are tired of burnt chicken and shoe-leather steak) with simple easy-to-understand instructions, lifestyle information and recipes for everything from classic cookouts to gourmet grill meals. Grill Friends is a line of kitchen and grilling tools that solve problems that real cooks have in the kitchen, around the grill and at the table.

Dennis’ Mango Habanero BBQ Sauce: Sweet and Spicy Meatloaf

Dennis' Mango Habanero BBQ Sauce

Looking for a meatloaf that is different, with a little Heat? We wanted to share one of Dennis’ recipes with you for his sweet and spicy meatloaf. Reva Foods has a line of BBQ sauces and Ketchups that are absolutely unique and delicious at the same time! Dennis’ Mango Habanero BBQ Sauce, It’s the “Flavor of Paradise”, only hotter!

2 lbs ground beef – 10% fat
1/4 cup finely diced onions
1/4 cup finely diced green red peppers
1/4 cup finely diced red peppers
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
1 large egg (beaten)
18oz jar Dennis’ Mango Habanero BBQ Sauce

Serves 4

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees

• Set aside 1 cup of Dennis’ Mango Habanero BBQ Sauce

• In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.

• Get in there with your hands and mix all ingredients thoroughly. Ensure all are blended evenly.

• Place the mixture in a 5×9 inch meatloaf or bread pan and form into a loaf being sure to fill all gaps in the sides.

• Pour the remaining 1 cup of BBQ sauce over the top of the mixture and spread evenly.

• Cook for 1 – 1 1/4 hours or until an instant read thermometer reads 175 when inserted into the center of the loaf. No part of the meatloaf should be pink.

• Remove meatloaf from oven and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.

• Cut meatloaf into 1″ thick slices.

• Have more Dennis’ Mango Habanero BBQ Sauce ready to serve on the side

This recipe is courtesy of Reva Foods LLC, see the original post here.

Saveur Magazine: 8 Essential BBQ Techniques from the Pros

Came across this article on which is an excellent resource for all things BBQ. When I saw that some of my mentors and those professional BBQ folks that I really appreciate handed out some great tips. tricks and techniques that they use to compete and create killer BBQ, we knew we had to share. Elizabeth Karmel taught me how to make Beer Can Chicken and we later upgraded to her Grill Friends Chicken Sitter that tip is included! Elizabeth introduced use to rub, brining, indirect cooking, slow smoking and just about all that we know about grilling. Amy Mills Tunnicliffe talks about Mopping and I learned a lot about low and slow from her and her father, Mike Mills in their book Peace, Love and Barbecue. One of my favorites is from Tuffy Stone about how get your chicken skin nice and crispy!  Best of all, really cool illustrations on how to! Check it out.

The Rub

8 Essential BBQ Techniques from the Pros

1. Mopping

2. Crisping Chicken Skin

3. Spraying With Apple Juice

4. Beer-Can Chicken

5. The Texas Crutch

6. The Rub

7. Adam Perry Lang’s Microplane

8. Brining/Injecting/Marinating




Bear PAWS Meat Handles available at BBQ Pro Shop

Bear PAWS Mat Handlers & More

Shred Pork, Transfer From Grill to Table, Lift, Carve and Toss Salads!

For a long time since the Grill Friends Silicone Fork became harder and harder to find, we lost touch with a tool that helped make Pulled Pork less of a task and more of a joy. Then came the Bear Paws from Bear Paw Products, and life was now different. They are also great for handling meat of all shapes and sizes. You can toss a salad, hold items for slicing, lift huge turkeys or hams and so much more.

These are awesome!! I have been pulling pork for years using a variety of methods. It has always been time consuming and my least favorite part of bbq-ing. These bear paws make it absolutely effortless. Shredded two pork butts in minutes. I shredded five chicken breast for my buffalo chiken dip almost in a blink of an eye. They also help with pulling butts off the smoker. – via N.Protera @ Amazon

Here are some of the additional claims that the make over at Bear Paws:

Safely and securely keep your hands away when slicing/preparing!
Great for handling and cutting vegetables, watermelons- finally a SAFE solution!
Used by professionals, now available for all households!
Natural grip, stay cool handles
Super sharp, extra strong
Shreds meat and chicken for homemade barbeque, chimichangas!
Tosses salads, pastas, makes quick work for homemade coleslaw!
Slip-free grip transferring from oven or grill to your serving platter
Better handling control than long-handled forks or spatulas
Will not scratch coated surfaces
Dishwasher safe
Easy to use
Every household needs a pair!
Thousand’s of uses year-round!
Great gift idea!
Once they’re in your hands, you’ll wonder how you got by without them!