A restaurant can’t always find enough BBQ sauce ingredients, but that’s not always the case.
While many restaurant chains like Chipotle and Panera Bread don’t have the ingredients to make their signature barbecue sauces, some can, and many have been able to get by without them.
“You don’t really know what you have until you get it,” said Amy LeBrun, who worked at a Chipotle restaurant in Chicago and now works as a chef at the South Beach location of Panera.
“The sauces are so popular, and they’re very tasty.”
A few years ago, she was at Chipotle when she tried one of the popular Panera-themed sauces.
“It tasted really great, but I just couldn’t get over how much it was going to cost me,” LeBun said.
“I’m not even going to get a sauce that’s cheap, it’s not good enough.”
The restaurant chain has been working on getting its sauces cheaper.
“We have a new system where we’ve been working with restaurants to make it cheaper,” said Panera spokesman Matt Riddle.
“If you want to buy a Panera bag, they have it at your table, but if you want it for your own kitchen, you have to pay.”
To get the sauce cheaper, Panera partnered with an online marketplace called Zoodles.
They’ve partnered with other food businesses to get their sauces at a discount.
“It’s hard to get your hands on something that’s expensive, but they do have that [online] marketplace that can save you money,” Le Brun said.
For the most part, she said, she finds Panera’s sauce cheaper than the competition.
“But I do like to try out things like the Panera Bistro Chicken and Paneta Pork, which I’ve never had before,” she said.
Panera has been a big fan of the sauces on the menu, and has been able find a way to get its sauces for $1.49 at other restaurants.
But some customers aren’t happy about Panera trying to get them for cheap.
“At least at Chipotles, they’ve got a sauce for every family, and that’s kind of nice,” said customer Erin Cagle, who works at a Paneras in North Carolina.
“You’ve got all the different sauces and the sauces you want.”
Panera has started to make its own sauce, called its B-Sides.
It’s a sauce with some ingredients that have not been found in Chipotle, like a mixture of ground chicken and vinegar.
The sauce is made from ground chicken, and is a little bit thicker and a little more salty than the Chipotle version.
It’s not quite as good as the Chipotle sauce, but it’s pretty good, LeBlock said.
You can find the B-side at Panera restaurants.
“That’s good, because it’s made by a different company,” she added.
“They’re a little harder to find.”
The company says its sauces are made with only the highest quality ingredients and ingredients that are grown on the farm, which means they are the same quality as what Chipotle uses.
“All of our sauces are created with care and attention to detail, which includes our farm-raised chickens and the best natural ingredients we can find,” Riddle said.
The company says it is the only restaurant in the U.S. to use all-natural ingredients.
“With all our sauces, we try to create sauces that are 100% natural,” Riddles said.
Panera and Panerase have also partnered with the restaurant chain to offer free samples of their sauces, which have helped many customers.
“We have really helped many people and it has really been really nice,” Lebrun said of Panerastas samples.
“And I’m sure it’s a good product, but we just feel like it’s been a little too easy to get it.”
Paneras restaurants are known for their barbecue sauces.
They’re not just for home use, but often go on to be featured on television shows, in movies, and in books.
Some restaurants even feature a barbecue sauce in their menus.
“I think we’re a lot more accessible to people who like food that’s different than what they’ve been used to, and I think it’s great that we can do that,” Riddell said.
He said Panerasters has gotten to a point where the company has gotten customers to take their favorite flavors and combine them with other ingredients, creating something new.
“Paneramas are a great place for people to discover a new flavor that they can’t find in any other place,” Riddling said.