Yummy Deer Camp sauces hit the market

Gary LaPlante’s Buen Apetito Waterville restaurant is one of our favorites, partly because he offers amazing dipping sauces. Some of them have been available in Barrels Market in Waterville, but now Gary has hit the big time with a whole new line of sauces.

The line is called Deer Camp. The small flask bottles are hot sauces that can be used as a table condiment (like Tabasco). So far we’ve tried Buckshot Blueberry and Big Bore XXX Hot Sauce. Both are very nicely spiced but not so hot that you stop breathing. Linda especially enjoyed the blueberry sauce, very different from anything we’ve tried. I loved them both.

The larger Deer Camp bottles contain barbecue sauce. We tried one of those sauces last night for our moose steak barbecue.Just as the steaks were finishing on the grill, I poured on a good dose of the Blackbear Bourbon Chipotle BBQ Sauce. And later, at the table, we both added more. This sauce is fantastic! We both judged it one of the best BBQ sauces we’ve ever had.


The Deer Camp line of sauces is now available at Joseph’s Market and Barrel’s Market in Waterville, some of the Shaws Supermarkets (I’m told they may be in Shaws stores in Freeport, Falmouth, Auburn, and Ellsworth). The sauces can be found in all Whole Foods stores in New England, New York, and New Jersey (including the one in Portland). And you can pick up the sauces at the Flaming Gourmet in Kennebunkport and (of course), at Kittery Trading Post. After all, they are called Deer Camp!

But while you certainly should be carrying these to your own deer camp this year, you ought not to wait that long to try them. It’s BBQ season!

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.