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The Dish

By Matt Starlight


Fresh off his second place finish on the Food Network Challenge, Jay Ducote’s culinary career is in full swing. In addition to his massive online and television presence, Jay has launched his official Louisiana Barbecue Sauce.

According to his blog, the sauce “maintains the South’s barbecue tradition while delivering a combination of flavors that can only be found in Louisiana.” It’s made of with a rich tomato base and sweetened with brown sugar and cane syrup, and according to the site, has exactly zero high fructose corn syrup, which is reason enough to grab a bottle of this instead of more typical sauces.

The sauce actually boasts 18 different spices, including cayenne, Creole mustard, Cajun hot sauce, chili powder, paprika, thyme, onion, garlic, and more. It also includes hints of lemon juice and apple cider vinegar for a unique taste you won’t find anywhere else. It’s got a thick, creamy consistency with just the right amount of kick that goes well with everything from grilled chicken to flank steak to crawfish nachos.

On the surface, the sauce comes in a beautifully wrapped flask-like bottle that would do just as well on your mantle as it would in the pantry. The label is white, red, and black, giving it an appealing look on the shelf, along with a caricature of that classic Jay Ducote grin. It’s available at various grocery stores and specialty shops scattered across the Bayou State.

This barbeque sauce was born on campus during LSU Tiger Football tailgates, so pack a bottle for your next tailgate to bring the homegrown flavor that’s sweeping the nation.


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