Barry Hinson's BBQ Sauce debuts at Thursday's football game

    Barry Hinson's BBQ Sauce

    Barry Hinson's BBQ Sauce
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    Aug. 27, 2014

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Saluki men's basketball coach Barry Hinson has a reputation as a connoisseur of barbecue, and now he has unveiled his own line of sauce to prove it.

    Barry Hinson's BBQ Sauce will go on-sale to fans on Thursday at the concession stands of Saluki Stadium during the football team's season opener against Taylor. The sauce will cost $8 per bottle and all proceeds will benefit the academic department of Saluki Athletics.

    "My momma started serving me Gerber's brisket when I was six months old, and I've been eating barbecue ever since," said the 52-year-old Hinson, who enters his third season as head coach at SIU. "Through all my travels, I've tried to taste every barbecue sauce across this country, and I feel like we've finally come up with the best barbecue sauce ever."

    On the label of the sauce is a quote from Hinson that states, "If this ain't the best BBQ sauce you ever had -- you're a liar."

    "It's something I've dreamed about for a long time, having my own sauce and being able to use it to benefit some sort of charity," Hinson explained. "Every dime raised from this barbecue sauce will go to academic improvements for all of our student-athletes, regardless of sport."

    Kristina Stepps, the school's Associate AD for Student Services, is ready to put the money to work.

    "The proceeds from Coach Hinson's barbecue sauce will allow us to purchase high-tech items, such as a Smart Board, that will enhance our ability to tutor student-athletes," she said.

    Hinson said he's literally sampled thousands of sauces in his lifetime until discovering the formula for his own signature line.

    "When I go on the road, I would always go into the local grocery store and buy the local sauce and try it, or if I went to a local restaurant, I'd get their sauce," he said. "I found one that I really liked. I visited with the company that produces it, and we were able to put our label on it."



    The sauce can be purchased at the concession stands of Saluki home football and basketball games, and Hinson said he hopes to have a "Sauce Signing" event prior to a future football game, where fans can get the popular coach's signature on their bottle.