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Nino’s NEW Northern Smoke Barbecue Sauces

June 20, 2017
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As a Chef, it’s always a thrill to roll up my sleeves and create special recipes for Nino’s.

Going back 14 years now, I’ve had the opportunity to create hundreds of delicious recipes for salads, salad dressings, specialty produce, appetizers, entrees, soups, sauces, marinates, breads, desserts and, well, for just about every edible food category you can think of.

There’s nothing more satisfying than to see one of my culinary creations being enjoyed by our Nino customers. It’s especially gratifying when we’re holding one of our weekend demo samplings because I have the chance to meet and greet so many great people who enjoy our products.

Case in point, this past weekend Nino’s proudly launched its NEW Northern Smoke Barbecue Sauces.


These tasting events always have me anxious to see if Nino’s customers will enjoy these new products as much as my palate and extensive product development tasting sessions we’ve conducted prior to launch.

Still, nothing’s ever certain…

Until I see that tasting spoon or fork to lips, that satisfied smile on the face and that jar lifted off the shelf and placed in the basket, I’m not truly satisfied.

I think I know what it must be like for movie producers, song writers and creative artists of all kinds. It’s one thing to create something that pleases yourself, it’s quite another to create something that pleases others. I think it’s more satisfying too.

Nino’s Northern Smoke Barbecue Sauces (and our future Northern Smoke product line) was born from our long-time passion to introduce an exceptionally high quality (and authentic) barbecue experience to our marketplace.

But while barbecue requires fabulous meats (which we have), it also requires fabulous sauces, so I rolled up my Chef coat sleeves and went to work.

In America, barbecue sauce taste preferences are somewhat regional yet Southeast, Michigan is rather culturally diverse so it made sense to have our Northern Smoke brand represent the 3 most popular (and iconic) barbeque flavors and regions.

We chose Kansas City, Missouri, Memphis, Tennessee and the Carolinas, all “classic” barbecue hot-beds.

Most “northerners” prefer their barbecue sauce to be on the sweet and smoky side, which is broadly considered to be Kansas City style. Our Northern Smoke version, called Sweet & Smoky “The Kansas City Classic”, also adds an extra touch of smoke and spice.

If you like a more “tomato forward” style of barbecue sauce with your sweetness coming from brown sugar and honey rather than molasses, our Brown Sugar & Honey, “The Memphis Classic” may be your new favorite barbecue companion.

The Carolinas are completely unique. Besides enjoying the traditional tomato based sauces, they decided to break the mold and enjoy two completely different barbecue sauces, one a spicy vinegar “dressing”, the other, a mustard based sauce which goes exceptionally well with pulled pork. To please all who enjoy a taste of the south, I created our Mustard & Molasses “The Carolina Classic” sauce which in addition to its tangy mustard also has a sweet and spicy finish.

Unlike many of the new “signature” barbecue sauces from celebrity Chef’s and “pit masters” our 19 and 20 ounce bottles of Northern Smoke are very reasonably priced at $3.99. In addition, look for them to be on Ad soon in our Marketplace Special and Fresh Rewards Coupons.

Perhaps one of the best ways to enjoy our Northern Smoke Barbecue Sauces is on Baby Back Ribs.
Here is what I consider to be one of the very BEST ways to prepare these ribs.


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