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Barbecue sauce is the Goldilocks story retold to grown-ups. Some are too hot. Many are too sweet. But Gates Bar-B-Q sauce is just right. It has the proper consistency — like a good, slow-pouring milkshake — and it's the correct shade of red, indicative of the tomato concentrate that forms its base. The Classic Original, created by founder George W. Gates more than 60 years ago, is a beautiful blend of vinegar, chili powder, cumin, celery and other spices. For those who want more heat, Extra Hot does the trick; Sweet and Mild pleases palates on the other side of the Scoville-unit divide. A well-stocked refrigerator in these parts needs only milk, eggs and a bottle of Gates, the rare condiment that tastes good on everything.