YT’z Carolina Shark Byte Sauce – Western Carolina Style
Quick LookSauce Type: BBQ Sauce
• “This goes very well with pulled pork, and I’d like to try it with baked chicken as well.”
• “It wasn’t as hot as the “shark byte” might suggest, but it was very good regardless.”
e received a nice care package from the kind folks at YT’z Trading Company and I was very anxious to try their sauces. This one in particular was the Shark Byte Sauce, Western Carolina Style – which I was excited about because at the time of taste-testing it I hadn’t had a vinegar-based Carolina sauce in quite some time.
The label pretty much spoke for itself – very well labeled with the type of sauce it was. It had a skull and crossbones on the front as well, so I was anticipating much more of a kick and hot spice to it, but I will get to that later.
When looking at the bottle, it was a red color and the peppers and spices were evident throughout. I opened the bottle and it smelled a lot like ketchup (go figure – ketchup is the second ingredient mentioned!) but you could also smell a hint of vinegar as well. I was intrigued by the smell regardless.
I poured a little onto my finger to taste-test it first. It was a lot thinner and runny than what I initially anticipated. I figured it was going to be a little thicker, so I rated it just a 1.5/5 on thickness. It was pretty good though, with a kick at the very beginning. Going back to the skull and crossbones though, I don’t think it was as potent as I might have thought when seeing the label.
I tried it on a pulled pork sandwich and really enjoyed the overall taste of it. Like I said earlier, it had a little kick that lingered, but it wasn’t overwhelming by any stretch. It definitely had a Carolina flavor to it, and I was impressed with the way it went with the pork. I think it would also go well with chicken, but I’m glad I had pork to be honest. Overall, I rated it a 4/5 and would definitely recommend it to those who like thin, Carolina BBQ sauces.
This sauce is a true Western Carolina BBQ sauce. I use the word BBQ lightly as this tasty sauce can be used for anything and everything!