Guy Fieri Barbecue Sauces and Salsas Review and Giveaway

Full disclosure: This is an uncompensated review and the opinions expressed within are strictly my own. The products shared in this review and giveaway were provided free of charge from Gia Brands.

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to susitravl (Mad for Mexican Food)! Please stay tuned. Note that you can subscribe via email or reader/RSS feed to keep up with gfe.

Several weeks back, I received the following in a news release from the public relations company for Gia Brands regarding the debut of several new gluten-free barbeque sauces and salsas from Food Network TV chef Guy Fieri

Photo courtesy of Gia Brands


Chef Guy Fieri, star of Food Network shows “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” and “Guy’s Big Bite” has introduced his first-ever line of three gluten-free barbeque sauces – along with a line of new gluten-free salsas. From Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbeque Sauce to 7 Pepper Salsa, the chef, restaurateur and bestselling author is bringing his rockin’ flavors to thousands of supermarkets across America, as well as serving them up in his restaurants Johnny Garlic’s California Pasta Grill and Tex Wasabi’s Rock-n-Roll Sushi BBQ. 

The three gluten-free Guy Fieri barbeque sauces contain no fat, cholesterol or high fructose corn syrup. “I’ve eaten barbeque all over the country, so when I developed these sauces, I drew inspiration from coast to coast,” says Fieri, the barbeque enthusiast and author of the new book, New York Times best-seller Guy Fieri Food. “These sauces add big, off da hook flavor, whether you’re craving a smoky, sweet, or tangy twist.”

(Note that Guy Fieri and Gia like the terms “barbeque” and “BBQ,” while my preference is “barbecue” so you’ll see those spellings and abbreviations intermingled throughout this review.)

I loved hearing there was no high fructose corn syrup in the barbecue sauces, but I was still skeptical about other possible ingredients. It had nothing to do with Gia or Guy … that’s just the way I usually am when being contacted about products. It’s my job to make sure that any products that I am going to review fit the gfe approach, not just for me, but for you. It’s not just gluten and HFCS that I want to steer clear of … there’s MSG and several more ingredients. 

So that was my first question to the folks at Gia, “hey, what are the specific ingredients in these products?” The representative immediately sent me comprehensive fact sheets describing the sauces and salsas and providing all the specifications.  A quick scan of the label of the barbecue sauces revealed real ingredients like water (yes, that’s actually the first ingredient of the Carolina #6 Mop & Slop Sauce), tomato puree, cider vinegar, sugar, molasses, chili pepper, onion powder, and pineapple juice. Yippee! Love real food ingredients with nothing hidden under “natural flavors” umbrellas! 

Three of Guy Fieri’s barbecue sauces are gluten free. Specifically, that’s the Carolina #6 Mop & Slop Sauce that I just mentioned, Kansas City BBQ Sauce, and Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce. The fourth, Pacific Rim Wok & Sauce, is not gluten free because it contains soy sauce that contains gluten. Boo hiss! Gia and companies everywhere, hear us now, if your product is gluten free except for the inclusion of soy sauce, please use gluten-free soy sauce and make the product gluten free! (Note: I’m not a fan of soy, but I do eat small amounts occasionally.) You’d be making your gluten-free consumers happy, and you should know that we’re a very loyal bunch of consumers. FYI to all: The Carolina #6 Mop & Slop sauce also contains soy, but the sauce is still gluten free. 

Here are the descriptions of the products with the gfe input right below. 

Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbeque Sauce: Sweet & Sticky – Guy’s sweet, sticky Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce rocks on just about anything. Smoky bourbon, sweet brown sugar and a hint of spicy black pepper create off-the-hook flavor that’s a perfect complement to everything from beef to chicken, pork and seafood.

Review:  This sauce was the first one I wanted to try. The name alone was pushing all my buttons—the good buttons! I used the bottle on five pounds of chicken wings (made in two batches). With Son and three other hungry young men camping with us, these wings became a much enjoyed appetizer. There were just enough left for a late night snack later for Son.

Kansas City Barbeque Sauce: Smoky & Sweet – Guy’s Kansas City BBQ Sauce is your traditional, go-to sauce that you’ll dig on just about everything. Sweet, smoky molasses, a hint of apple cider vinegar and a little black pepper heat will rock everything from beef brisket to chicken wings or anything else you can throw on a grill. 

Review:  This barbecue sauce that also sounded yummy—with sweet, smoky, and peppery used in its description—was used on boneless chicken breasts. Barbecued until there were succulent little bits of caramelized chicken on their tips, the chicken breasts were totally delicious, lasting only a few minutes longer than the wings. 

Carolina #6 Barbeque Sauce & Marinade: Mop & Slop – Guy’s Carolina #6 BBQ Sauce & Marinade is the perfectly tangy and versatile “mop & slop” sauce. Apple cider vinegar, sweet brown sugar and a little bit of cayenne pepper heat is a rockin’ combination to be slopped right on pulled pork or used as a marinade or baste for any grilled meat.

Review:  I’m not always crazy about North Carolina style barbecue as the vinegar taste can be a bit strong even for me a vinegar lover (forgive me, NC friends!). This sauce is balanced by a lot of sweetness though. I used this sauce as the fourth step of grilling a venison tenderloin in a foil packet. (Step 1 was marinating the tenderloin in Five Star Meat Marinade. Step 2 was applying a barbecue dry rub. Step 3 was cutting slits into the tenderloin and inserting onion slices and garlic. Step 4 was gingerly “dousing” the tenderloin with this sauce. Oh, and I guess there was a Step 5 … topping with three pieces of bacon. Bacon and venison go together so well.) Results for this application: awesome! When leftovers had lost some of their moisture the next day, I just added a bit more of this sauce before serving—that worked very nicely. 


As a big-time chile pepper fan, Fieri has also created four varieties of salsa in his signature style. All of them are gluten-free: 

7 Pepper Salsa: Burn Baby Burn – Guy’s 7 Pepper Salsa is rockin’ big pepper flavor from red bell to habanero and finishes it all off with a balance of tomato, lime, garlic and cilantro. • 7 Pepper Salsa: Burn Baby Burn – Guy’s 7 Pepper Salsa is rockin’ big pepper flavor from red bell to habanero and finishes it all off with a balance of tomato, lime, garlic and cilantro. Hot 

Review:  I’m not a huge fan of super heat when it comes to salsa or anything else. This one had really good flavor though. My tongue would be on fire after eating a tortilla chip dipped in this one, but then I’d go back for more a few minutes later. I guess that’s why I ended up drinking so much of the Top Shelf Mixers’ Pomegranate Martini mixer with the vodka on July 4th weekend. (I had originally proclaimed this particular mixer more fruit juice flavored than pomegranate specifically, but it tasted awfully good with this hot salsa.) For the record, Son and his friends didn’t think this salsa merited the “Burn Baby Burn” distinction. 

Chipotle Salsa: Da $pice Is Right – Guy’s Chipotle Salsa is full of smoky chipotle and the super salsa flavors of tomato, garlic, lime and a touch of jalapeño pepper! Medium 

Review:  This salsa is the one my blogging friends grabbed and opened first after a long hot day of our misadventures. We proclaimed it grand. It had just the right amount of heat and that wonderful depth of flavor that chipotle brings to dishes.  

Our favorite

Original Salsa: Old Skool – Guy’s original salsa is his go-to signature salsa, full of big tomato flavor, cilantro and zesty lime with a touch of hot pasilla pepper … it’s off da hook! Medium 

Review:  This salsa seemed like your average salsa. It didn’t wow any of us, but we still ate half a jar with tortilla chips  in the classic manner. 

Salsa Verde: Green & Mean – Guy’s Salsa Verde is servin’ up fire roasted poblano and green peppers and backin’ it up with zesty lime and pinch of cumin, this salsa is so “money” it’s green! Mild

Review:  This one didn’t overly impress me or my blogging friends either. We all agreed that it would be great for making a chicken recipe though. And that’s exactly what I did a few weeks later when I made my version of AndreAnna’s stuffed peppers. In fact, I used a mixture of this salsa verde and the 7 Pepper Salsa. When combined with chicken and cheese, it made the perfect filling for red bell peppers.

Guy Fieri barbeque sauces are available in 19-ounce bottles for a suggested retail price of $4.29. Fieri’s salsas are available in 16-ounce jars for a suggested retail price of $4.79. 

Note: We also liked that the salsa jars had wide enough mouths that we could just dip our tortilla chips right in.

Finally, the really important question … are these sauces and salsas safe for gluten-free individuals to eat, given the fact that gluten-containing products are made on the same lines?

Gia’s quality assurance personnel responded via email:

“All ingredients containing gluten are segregated from those that do not.  During the processing of the ingredients, clean totes are used in the manufacture. This is to prevent accidental cross contamination. During batching and filling operations, if the product line had a gluten product before going to a non-gluten product, it would be completely broken down and cleaned prior to moving on.  When this process is complete, the first jar off of the product line will be tested for gluten using the ELISA Technologies EZ Gluten Test. If the product comes up negative on the check, the product is safe for release. If not, it is destroyed. “The test is only accurate to 10 ppm or greater. If the product tests positive for gluten in a concentration >10 ppm, the product is destroyed. At this time, our cleaning methods are fairly sufficient that we have not destroyed any batches of product.”

While I still prefer products that are certified gluten free by third-party organizations like the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, I appreciate the testing and methods used by Gia and will enjoy some of these products from time to time.

If you’d like to try these barbecue sauces and salsas, please enter the giveaway to win a package of one of each of these same products. The giveaway ends Saturday, July 30, at midnight Eastern. There are several ways to enter, but a separate comment must be left for each entry. 

~ Tell us which product you would like to try most in a comment here. 

~ Tweet the giveaway with @Shirleygfe in your tweet. Leave a separate comment here saying you did. 

~ Share the giveaway on Facebook, tagging gfe when you do (if possible; I know FB can be flaky). Leave a separate comment here saying you did. 

Grillin’ or salsa and chip eatin’ … either way you are keeping the heat out of the kitchen—that’s critical for some of us right now!

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85 Responses to “Guy Fieri Barbecue Sauces and Salsas Review and Giveaway”

  1. Alyson on July 27th, 2011 8:40 am

    My newly diagnosed gluten-free husband would LOVE to try the Chipotle salsa!

  2. Kim Pereda on July 27th, 2011 9:07 am

    I watch Guys shows often and would like to try his Chipotle sauce….well actually of them!!

  3. Susan W. on July 27th, 2011 9:10 am

    I would love to try the Bourbon Brown sugar Sauce and the Chipotle Salsa!

  4. Mary DK on July 27th, 2011 9:17 am

    I would love to try these products, thank you for the review & the chance to win :)

  5. Cherie on July 27th, 2011 10:26 am

    Oh yum!! I love it HOT! I would love to try the 7 Pepper Salsa! And the only way to get Miss Abigail to eat chicken is to slather it in barbecue sauce, so I am always up for trying new, yummy sauces. Thanks for doing another great review! I love reading them.

  6. Cherie on July 27th, 2011 10:27 am

    I am going to share this on OGFL…hope I can tag you! :)

  7. debbie on July 27th, 2011 10:32 am

    Salsa Verde for me, please! I love making chicken tamales, and this sauce sounds perfect!

  8. debbie on July 27th, 2011 10:35 am

    *Also sharing on facebook, would love the Bourbon & Brown Sugar barbecue sauce for some New Orleans style wings!

  9. Kristin on July 27th, 2011 11:11 am

    I want to try the Salsa Verde, I’m a green sauce kind of girl:)

  10. Susan on July 27th, 2011 11:16 am

    I would love to try Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbeque Sauce: Sweet & Sticky . A good bbq sauce makes the meal just right..

  11. Suzanne on July 27th, 2011 11:50 am

    The Kansas City BBQ sauce sounds great.

  12. Claire on July 27th, 2011 11:56 am

    I posted this giveaway & review on Facebook. No tag!

  13. Claire on July 27th, 2011 12:03 pm

    All flavors of BBQ sauces are big in our house, but I especially want to try the Kansas City Barbecue sauce!

  14. Kristen on July 27th, 2011 12:08 pm

    The Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce sounds right up my alley! Yum!

  15. Lynn on July 27th, 2011 12:17 pm

    ok, I’ll be honest that I don’t like Guy Fieri and change the channel…but I might change my mind after trying the “7 Pepper Salsa: Burn Baby Burn”…and when I get home tonight, will look for GFE on FB to “like”

  16. Cyndi on July 27th, 2011 1:01 pm

    I would absolutely love to try the salsas. I’m a salsa addict and always on the look out for new ones to try. I love BBQ sauce as well, especially ones that seem to have only a few ingredients and are definitely GF!

  17. Mary on July 27th, 2011 1:04 pm

    I’m always on the lookout for some really good BBQ Sauce and w/ low sugar level even BETTER! These all sound incredible & I’d love to experiment w/ them.

  18. Brenda on July 27th, 2011 1:06 pm

    Bourbon Brown Sugar! Yep!

  19. Anastasia on July 27th, 2011 1:13 pm

    I’d love to try the Kansas City Barbeque Sauce.

  20. Kathleen on July 27th, 2011 1:24 pm

    I would love to try the Kansas City Barbecue Sauce on some St. Louis pork steaks!!

  21. Paula Decaria on July 27th, 2011 1:33 pm

    I would love to try the Kansas City Barbecue Sauce.

  22. Denise Fedor on July 27th, 2011 1:36 pm

    I love that these are gluten-free! I would most like to try the salsa verde along with the rest of the bbq sauces

  23. Alisa Fleming on July 27th, 2011 1:37 pm

    I’m a barbecue sauce addict and would love to try those! Probably whichever has the least amount of sugar as most brands seem to be too sweet for me.

  24. Cindy Bean on July 27th, 2011 1:59 pm

    Love, love, love this! With 2 teenaged boys with lots of friends and a hubby – BBQ and salsas take up 1/3 of my fridge. We are always trying new ones and as a new celiac, these sound amazing! Cannot wait to try them!

  25. Cinde on July 27th, 2011 2:08 pm

    I would love to try them all, but the Chipotle Salsa: Da $pice Is Right sounds particularly yummy!

  26. Alison St. Sure on July 27th, 2011 3:25 pm

    Nice thorough review Shirley! My hubby is the sauce fan (and he’s also gluten-free) and his favorite show is Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Guy is also from my hometown. :) So I would definitely like to win these! (Think I could use as an anniversary present?)

  27. Aunt Jayne on July 27th, 2011 3:41 pm

    These look good enough to eat! LOL
    I am going to get me some :)

  28. Cindy on July 27th, 2011 5:37 pm

    The Bourbon and Brown Sugar sauce sounds great.

  29. Caren on July 27th, 2011 6:12 pm

    I’d love to try the Kansas City BBQ sauce.

  30. Nicole @ Special Diet Creations on July 27th, 2011 6:25 pm

    I would love to try the 7 Pepper Salsa. It can’t be too hot for me!

  31. Susan R on July 27th, 2011 9:51 pm

    I never know what to buy, and never make my own, barbecue sauce so I’d love to try this on wings:
    • Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbeque Sauce: Sweet & Sticky

  32. InTolerantChef on July 28th, 2011 8:18 am

    I think the Bourbon Brown Sugar Sauce sounds perfect, but would I use it on pork ribs, lamb ribs or chicken wings….. I say try all 3! At once, yes it has been known to happen :)

  33. Sunnie on July 28th, 2011 11:24 am

    My husband and I LOVE Guy ever since he was on Food Network Star. It is cool that gluten free is getting so big. I love that there are so many more choices now. I agree they should just use gf soy sauce. Do you know if they are produced on the same line, in regards to cross contamination?

    My husband likes HOT too! I have a very bland palate but working on trying more things! I think we’d like to try the Brown Sugar BBQ.

  34. susitravl on July 28th, 2011 12:01 pm

    My first choice – the Kansas City BBQ Sauce. I grew up on this stuff and want to see if Guy knows BBQ sauce! LOL

  35. susitravl on July 28th, 2011 12:01 pm
  36. Frannie on July 28th, 2011 5:14 pm

    I make my own salsa, but like trying others to compare. I’d like to try the Chipotle salsa.

  37. Carol O'Neal on July 28th, 2011 9:24 pm

    I’d love to try the Bourbon and Brown
    Sugar BQ Sauce. Makes my mouth water thinking of it on chicken or ribs.

  38. Alli on July 29th, 2011 5:28 pm

    Kansas City BBQ Sauce calls my name.
    It’s smoky+ sweet.

    Just like me.


  39. Keesha on July 30th, 2011 12:06 pm

    Would love to try the Carolina style!

  40. Joanne Kuchinski on July 30th, 2011 1:00 pm

    Love Guy and the shows on the Food Channel. Would love to try the BBQ sauces and salsa as I use tons of them. Would love to win.

  41. michelle wilkerson on July 30th, 2011 1:00 pm

    I’d love to try all of them, being new to GF. I’d love to turn my husband on to some great tasty GF products

  42. Lisa Grisham on July 30th, 2011 1:01 pm

    These all look wonderful, but I would especially love to try the Carolina sauce!

  43. Tricia on July 30th, 2011 1:02 pm

    I DO love me some vinegar sauce and think the Carolina #6 sounds divine. Count me in!

  44. Krista Varszegi on July 30th, 2011 1:03 pm

    They all sound delicious. It’s nice that most are GF to boot. That’s a really good thing. :)

  45. Samantha on July 30th, 2011 1:08 pm

    They all look incredible, but that brown sugar and bourbon one is calling my name!

  46. Carolyn on July 30th, 2011 1:08 pm

    The bourbon brown sugar barbecue sauce woud be my choice!

  47. Lisa on July 30th, 2011 1:13 pm

    Those BBQ sauces sound fantastic! I love ‘em sweet.

  48. Kristi Richards on July 30th, 2011 1:14 pm

    All look yummy, but I would love to try the Carolina #6! We all love BBQ sause at our house!!!

  49. Kristi Richards on July 30th, 2011 1:15 pm

    **Shared the giveaway on FB! Thanks!

  50. Rick on July 30th, 2011 1:17 pm

    So many of the sauces we used to use became off-limits when we went gluten-free. Looking forward to trying these!

  51. Gail on July 30th, 2011 1:21 pm

    so glad to see that gf products are getting out there!!!!! they look super yummy too!!!

  52. Gina Klauba on July 30th, 2011 1:21 pm

    I would love to try them all, but the Bourbon Brown Sugar and the salsa verde sound especially good!

  53. Gina Klauba on July 30th, 2011 1:26 pm

    Shared on FB, tried to tag you but I don’t think it worked…

  54. Gina Klauba on July 30th, 2011 1:28 pm

    Shared on twitter….

  55. Linda Crum on July 30th, 2011 1:29 pm

    I really want to try the brown sugar and bourbon sauce! It is always exciting to see new gf products on the market :)

  56. Shannon J on July 30th, 2011 1:39 pm

    I’d like to try them all but that Bourbon Brown sugar sauce sounds devine!

  57. Tracy Moore on July 30th, 2011 1:43 pm

    Would LOVE to try the Carolina sauce. I’ve been looking for a really good one and can’t. shared on FB. Will try to tag.

  58. Carolynn Wiens on July 30th, 2011 1:57 pm

    I would LOVE to try the Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbeque Sauce!!

  59. Amy P on July 30th, 2011 1:59 pm

    Yeah for Guy providing a GF Option!! I want try them ALL! I especially want to try the 5 Pepper Salsa and NC BBQ Sauce.

  60. Carolynn Wiens on July 30th, 2011 2:02 pm

    I would LOVE to try the Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbeque Sauce!! Posted on Facebook!

  61. Stephanie on July 30th, 2011 2:04 pm

    The Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbeque Sauce: Sweet & Sticky is at the top of my list to try!!

  62. Carolynn Wiens on July 30th, 2011 2:07 pm

    I would LOVE to try the Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbeque Sauce!! Tweeted it too!

  63. kim on July 30th, 2011 2:08 pm

    I want to try Guys’ Barbecue sauces!! Any, or ALL!

  64. kim on July 30th, 2011 2:09 pm

    I follow you on twitter as kledford65

  65. kim on July 30th, 2011 2:09 pm

    I “like you on FB

  66. kim on July 30th, 2011 2:11 pm

    I RT the contest as kledford65

  67. Kandy on July 30th, 2011 2:21 pm

    Oooh – Salsa Verde!!! Yum!

  68. Rena on July 30th, 2011 4:02 pm

    The bourbon brown sugar sounds yummy.

    • Rosa Sundquist on July 30th, 2011 4:40 pm

      Gluten free and MSG free!! Double bonus!
      They all sound delish!

  69. Peggy Schuh on July 30th, 2011 4:33 pm

    these sound amazing! Finally GF products by a world class chef!

  70. Amy Sorenson on July 30th, 2011 6:32 pm

    I’d like to try all of the salsas!

  71. SherriS. on July 30th, 2011 6:37 pm

    How can I pick just one:D I love Guy so I’m gonna choose the Kansas City BBQ Sauce. Thanks for the chance Shirley.

  72. Becky on July 30th, 2011 7:37 pm

    We love Guy in our house and my husband is so excited that we can try some of his sauces. :)

  73. Stephanie on July 30th, 2011 7:52 pm

    Do I have to choose just one? All three BBQ sauces sound delicious. But if I have to choose I’d say the Kansas City sauce. So glad they are G-free!

  74. Lauren @ As Good As Gluten on July 30th, 2011 10:13 pm

    I’d love to try the Bourbon Brown Sugar

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  77. becky on July 30th, 2011 11:46 pm

    They all sound wonderful! I think I’d love to try the brown sugar bbq sauce! Thanks for reviewing and sharing!

  78. Melanie Binkley on July 30th, 2011 11:48 pm

    Already like gfe

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  80. Becky on July 30th, 2011 11:50 pm

    We love Guy and are GF. These ingredients sound wonderful! I think the first I’d like to try is the Bourbon Brown Sugar. Great review! Thanks for sharing!

  81. linda on August 2nd, 2011 12:53 am

    mmmmmm sounds delish….would love to get creative with any or all of these new sauces…yum!

    • Shirley on August 2nd, 2011 10:50 am

      Hi Linda–Welcome to gfe! :-) Unfortunately, this giveaway has already ended. Stay tuned for more though. ;-)


  82. linda on August 2nd, 2011 12:54 am

    yum, sauces, salsa’s these all sound so yummy…would love to get creative with any or all of them~!

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