Chefs Colby & Megan Garrelts, the husband and wife chef duo behind Kansas City dining institutions Bluestem and rye, launched Genuine Kansas City BBQ and Hot Sauces. Created by Chef Colby Garrelts and his team at rye, the two condiments debut this summer just in time for grilling season.

An accomplished chef and avid competitor on the Kansas City BBQ circuit, Chef Colby Garrelts presents his take on one of the city’s most famous exports – BBQ sauce. Already featured on the menu at rye, slathering dishes such as the Burnt Ends, this classic representation of the sauce is made with molasses, apple cider vinegar, white wine, Dijon mustard, and spices. The 15-ounce bottles are the same as those featured on the tables of their restaurant, rye, celebrating the very best in Midwestern cuisine.

In addition to rye BBQ Sauce, the husband and wife team present an accompanying Hot Sauce. To make their spicy sauce, the team smokes fresno chiles and jalapeños, adding depth and flavor before adding cider vinegar, garlic, and brown sugar. The resulting sauce includes woody, smoky notes as well as a hint of balanced sweetness.

“We are so proud to be able to contribute to the rich food culture of the Midwest” says chef and co-owner Colby Garrelts, the 2013 James Beard Foundation Best Chef: Midwest. “Now, with these two sauces, our guests are able to bring the experience of our restaurants home with them.”

The Garrelts BBQ and Hot Sauces are available for purchase individually or as a saucy set. To purchase the sauces online please visit or in Kansas City, pick up the pair at Joe’s BBQ Store (11922 S Strang Line Rd., Olathe, KS) and Lukas Liquor (15678 Manchester Rd., Ellisville, MO). The avid griller, sauce connoisseur, and guests can purchase the sauces packaged with a gift card at the original rye location in Leawood, KS and the soon-to-be-opened second rye restaurant in Country Club Plaza.

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