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Cochon Volant BBQ Sonoma BBQ Sauce

Cochon Volant BBQ Sonoma BBQ Sauce

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Cochon Volant BBQ Sonoma BBQ Sauce

Cochon Volant BBQ

$12 for 16oz at St. Helena Olive Oil Co.

Chili Sauce, Molasses, Sugar, Mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, Lemon Juice, Ren Wine Vinegar, Water, Dried Chili, Black Pepper

Cochon Volant BBQ Sonoma BBQ Sauce


This bottle was sent to me by Rob Larman, the man behind Sonoma's Cochon Volant BBQ—a mobile barbecue business that focuses on slow smoked meats that have been naturally raised and are hormone-free. To compliment these chickens, hogs, and steer, Rob created this Sonoma BBQ Sauce that carryovers the same focus on all natural ingredients to strike a balance between sweet and spicy, with a light smokiness.


A sweet chili aroma fills the nose of first whiff. A slight tanginess that's easy on the nose comes out next. Smell a little deeper and there's a spice mixture that has distinct notes of garlic and chipotle, which also brings with it a very light smokiness.

Thickness & Texture

This orange-red sauce weighs in right below the medium line. It has a textured look that isn't chunky, yet not smooth either, reminiscent of a smooth restaurant salsa. A few specks of black pepper and chili seeds can seen, but otherwise there are few visible spices. Drizzled from a suspended spoon, the sauce falls off quickly in chunks with just a thin coating of sauce left clinging to the silverware.

Out of the Jar

Just as with the aroma, the first taste is of sweet chili. This gives way to a mild vinegar tang, which then fades into a pleasing heat that leaves a little kick on the tongue. Beyond the main contenders, Worcestershire and garlic pop out the most, mainly at the same time the vinegar starts to kick in. The sauce has a textured feel on the tongue, with a few little chunky pieces that add just a bit of crunch here and there.

Cochon Volant BBQ Sonoma BBQ Sauce

Slathered & Cooked

The medium-thin sauce coated the chicken lightly, but baked in well over indirect heat. There was a little burn off over direct heat, which was fixed by a final brushing of sauce once the chicken was finished cooking. The flavors were all very bright and fresh. A sweet and tangy chili and tomato dominated, while a slight kick at the end left a trace of heat lingering. Overall, this sauce created an exemplary pice of barbecue chicken, hitting the right notes of sweet, spicy, tangy, and smoky.

Put to Use

Standing somewhere between bold and mild, Cochon Volant Sonoma BBQ Sauce is an all around great standard barbecue sauce. It traverses all the flavors you want from a barbecue, and does it with a very fresh feel. These properties held up both on and off the grill, making the sauce perfect for both basting and dipping. It did the chicken great justice, and would easily be a top choice of mine for coating even more birds. A good all-purpose solution, this sauce would pretty much work well anyway you'd want to use barbecue sauce—topped on burgers, slathered over pulled pork, a dip for fried chicken, and so much more.


Meatwavers, give thanks to Rob Larman, who was generous enough to send a second bottle of sauce just for you. A great opportunity to get your hands on this excellent sauce, I'll be giving the second bottle away in a giveaway. To enter the giveaway, comment on this post with how'd you'd use this sauce on or off your grill. Deadline for entries is 11:59pm on Tuesday July 10, 2012. Read the official rules for more details. One entry only per individual. Good luck!

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  1. dru I would use this sauce on various meats -- chicken wings, for thinly sliced skirt steak, and even a glaze for meatloaf.

  2. Shuggie Otis 1st - I would never pay $12 bucks for a jar of sauce, so this will be the only way to try it
    B- your are my favorite nephew
    Lastly - you will save on shipping as you could bring it on the 15th....

  3. Shuggie Otis Just read the rules
    Mixed into a meatloaf...... Oooozed all over a piece of salmon

  4. Chris Not an entry - I already have too many jars of sauce around the house (I'm sure you know the feeling). But I did post this on my FB page and will tweet it to get the word out.

  5. BBQ Grail You an never have to many BBQ Sauces. You can rest assured this sauce would get used. I'm thinking pulled pork or country style ribs would be a could main course to give this sauce a try.

    Or maybe some smoked and braised pork belly...yeah that's the ticket. Pork Belly.

  6. Jeremy P A good all purpose BBQ sauce is hard to find. Especially of this texture and quality. I can almost taste its spicy sweetness from the pictures alone. Definitely slather it on some pork or beef ribs smoking on my Big Green Egg, or use it as a finishing sauce for my pulled pork. While you shouldn't need to put any sauce at all on pork that has been smoking slowly at 220 for 16 hours I would love to use some Cochon Volant Sonoma to add some sweet, spicy, tangy heat. Looks like a great dipping sauce as well. Cheers and Happy Grilling!

  7. Ryan Ellison I'd grill up a mess of BBQ chicken wings and wash it down with some Colorado Native lager!

  8. Kevin Smith Finishing sauce on some dino bones.

  9. Thomas Sobeck I have to give bbq sauces a first shot on pulled pork.

  10. Carolsue I would use this on ribs. I'm always looking for the perfect BBQ sauce and I'm pretty sure this is much better than store-bought sauces.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  11. meredith my husband loves grilled chicken an BBQ sauce - this would be right up his alley!

  12. Kris I have some beef ribs in the freezer I'd use it on.

  13. katherine d i'd use to sauce to make some killer baby back ribs on the grill, of course.

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. Rob Been looking for a good sauce. I have a pork butt, and 2 slabs of ribs in the freezer ready to hit the smoker! From the description, it sounds great!

  15. Jared Sounds like this could be excellent on grilled shrimp!

  16. Mike Always looking for an exciting new sauce to try.

  17. Josh I'd like to try it on some BBQ oysters!

  18. Josh The contest is over. Congrats to Katherine D for winning the sauce!

  19. erica best no grill but i would use it a baked chicken