Here in the U.P. of Michigan, I'm considered a "troll", (sounds crazy I know), but I hail from the Detroit area, (which is "downstate" under the Mackinaw Bridge- thus the "troll" under the bridge. Get it?) Well anyways, my mother grew up in Delray Detroit, (an immigrant neighborhood within the city of Detroit.) My grandpa worked for Ford Motor Co. most of his life, (a true "Detroiter"), and boy did he love the Open Pit BBQ Sauce!! Ever since I can remember, any time meat was cooking on the old Weber, it was pretty much guaranteed to get a good slather of this sauce that is still on shelves today! He was the only one I ever knew to even put it on our hamburgers, (which we loved of course!)
Open Pit actually came out in the 1940's- first being introduced to food service markets. It wasn't until 1953 that the sauce became manufactured in Detroit, and entered the retail markets on a national level. In 1960, General Foods Corp. purchased the brand "Open Pit Sauce", and eventually merged with Kraft Foods in 1989. The sauce has been owned by Kraft since, and the line has expanded over the years to include: 6 varieties of the Blue label, 3 flavors of Thick & Tangy, and 3 flavors of Thick & Sweet. As with any product, you have those who love this sauce as it is, (or will use it as a base for their own sauce), and those who don't like it at all! (It is a well-known sauce in the Mid-West, but not available in all states/regions. Kraft Foods also sells the Bull's Eye brand, along with Kraft's own BBQ sauce.)
As for me, I've tried other sauces over the years, (as well as make my own.) But, I'm a nostalgic person, so although I may not use it regularly, I do plan on using it on the chicken I'm grilling tonight! (Ok, so I might add a few extra ingredients?!) Although my grandpa passed away several years ago, when I smell that charcoal or grill smell, it reminds me of how much he enjoyed grilling in the summer, and all the wonderful memories I have of summer holidays and cook-outs growing up. Food is a powerful source of memory, isn't it?
Cheers to summer fun, and all the memories that you will create!