When I started working making and selling food products there was always a very limited supply of bottle and jars for packaging, we spend ages looking for the perfect packaging for our BBQ rubs, in the end we opted for a plastic container as we just could not find a glass jar that was suitable in size and especially price.
Well now we have a growing list of potential suppliers, many of which will sell small quantities for the amateur producer as well as offing discounts for the professional manufacturer.
Today we have two sauces from Jack Daniel’s both are Barbecue sauces, both look very similar, I have a couple of question when we get products like this in for review.
Are they any good…
What is the difference between them
The first one we are going to try is:-
Jack Daniel’s Hot Pepper Sauce
On popping open the bottle the initial smell is a slightly sweet vinegar mixed with tomatoes and I think I can smell the tamarind, but that soon makes way for a more fruity smell. The sauce is thick, thicker that tomato sauce and slower to pour from the bottle.
First taste is a type of sweet and sour feeling that makes way for the heat from the chilli, then in the background there is the hints of the Jack Daniel’s whiskey giving a little dryness to the back of the throat. A second spoonful and I can taste the fruit and tomatoes. Not bad, a much more complicated taste that I expected.
I am quite enjoying this sauce, it is sweet and sticky as I would expect from this type of BBQ sauce, but with a more grown up flavour..
Now for the second sauce, will this be just a copy of the first with just a little extra heat from the now named chilli variety.
Jack Daniel’s Extra Hot Habanero BBQ Sauce
The smell is completely different, much more earthy and dark. I am not getting the sweet vinegar as I did from the first one. Lie the first this is thick sauce that seems to take ages to pour. First taste is not as instantly sweet, much dryer. There is not a lot more heat, but this one is making my mouth water (May have to have ribs later).
No where as sweet, and even a little bit more grown up than the first, once I have swallowed, I can taste the some residual flavour from the lemon and the whiskey. Of the two this is the one for the ribs and the bbq’d beef, while the first was much more what I expected for chicken and burgers.
I am a little surprised how much I enjoyed these, neither are hot sauces in the terms of chilli sauces, but they are much much better than the standard fare BBQ sauces you are offered at this price range.
Did I forget to mention this are about £1.99 for a 260g bottle and are available in most major supermarkets. Given a choice of supermarket sauces, I would put both of these in my basket, they may not be quite up the of the artisan products we normally try, or what I can make given a few hours in the kitchen but at only £1.99 they are a bargain
All the way from New Zealand we review this American Hickory Chili sauce made by Culley’s. Based in Auckland Culley’s make there own range of sauces also now stocking other sauces from around the world.
Culley’s story:- ‘Chris Cullen, or “Culley”, has always had a passion for food, and in particular the odd chilli here and there! Chris was a successful Chef in both Auckland and Melbourne for over 10 years, focusing primarily on corporate catering and private dining. During this time he was using only the highest quality ingredients, a mantra he has maintained to this day.’
Made and available by Culley’s http://www.culleys.co.nz
Priced at NZD $8.90 (Price correct at time of publishing)