It is Bacon Connoisseurs Week but Brown or Red – That is the real question ?

by Hot Juan on March 19, 2012 · 1 comment

in Product Reviews

Now this week is Bacon Connoisseurs Week (19th-25th March 2012) and by now you will have selected your bacon and are now ready to eat, but then comes the question, Tomato Sauce or Brown Sauce?

Red or Brown?

Red or Brown?

I have always been a brown sauce with bacon/breakfast and tomato sauce with burgers kind of guy, but recently the nice people at Tracklements asked me to taste their two versions of these all time classics.

The Fruity Brown Sauce

This brown sauce is much less sweet than the normal supermarket fare, which means you can still taste the other ingredients without being overwhelmed with a sugar rush. The Dates, Tamarind , Soy sauce and Garlic are all there in the mix. This sauce has a wonderful slightly acidic flavour that tingles on the tongue, ideal for that bacon roll, stuffed with some premium smoked back bacon

Ingredients: Tomatoes (37%), Raw Cane Sugar, Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Onions, Dates (1%), Tamarind (1%), Garlic, Chillies, Sea Salt, Lemon Juice.

Not much heat from the chillies here, but a dam fine brown sauce.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(0/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(7/10)
Overall
(8.5/10)

 

The Tomato Ketchup

This has a completely different aroma, it is like sticking you head in a bag of tomatoes, again this is not a sweet tomatoes sauce when compared to the normal Heinz offering, it is also not as deep red, but it tastes so much more like fresh tomatoes which is greatly helped by that amazing aroma, for me it did not quite live up to the aroma

After the tomatoes, the use of apples to sweeten and thicken the sauce is inspired, once you know they are there it is remarkable how much they then bring to the flavour and texture.

Ingredients: Tomatoes (37%), Onions, Bramley Apples, Raw Cane Sugar, Spiced Vinegar, Sea Salt, Chilli, Black Pepper.

Again not a lot of chilli here, but another example that Tomato sauce does not need to be just sweet and red.

Flavour
(7.5/10)
Heat
(0/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(7/10)
Overall
(7.5/10)


Conclusion

It is interesting to see that both sauces share the same main ingredient at the same percentage ” Tomatoes 37%” and that we get two such different sauces, for me the Fruity Brown Sauces is the winner, but by a much closer margin than I expected, that aroma from the Tomato Ketchup almost had be for a while, but I am a definite addict for brown sauce in my bacon roll, and now not just any brown sauce will do.

You can find your local stockiest at the Tracklements web site or even buy from them direct, so start Bacon Connoisseurs Week by getting down to your local farm shop or deli and buying some real bacon, dry cured is the best in my book.

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