The brains behind the Twisted 7 organisation is a chef and winner of a second place fiery foods award for their one sauces the delightfully names Organ Grinder! If you ask Dean “why twisted 7” the answer you will get is “it’s as simple as lucky number 7, I was born on the 7th and there are 7 letters in twisted”
The bottle is a standard 100ml and matches the rest of their range in size, shape and label design. The shape of the bottle does unfortunately make it look smaller than bottles used by other producers. Rather than any pictures that stand out Twisted 7 have opted for a running graphical theme across all their labels with different colours for each different sauce. As a result the set looks nice when altogether and lined up.
On the label you will also find this from the brains at Twisted 7
“This is not your average BBQ sauce it has more in common with a Carolina style BBQ sauce – this is based on an old family recipe that will blow your perception of BBQ sauces/marinades away. Super tangy and packed full of flavour, give it a go, it’s sure to make your burger taste better – marinade your meat before BBQing and get a proper bit of pork, or using it for basting your best bit of beef!”
Tomato Sauce, Tarragon Vinegar, Onion, Lemon Juice, Sugar, Worcester Sauce, Garlic, BBQ Seasoning, Salt, Tabasco, Chipotle Chilli Powder, Cumin, Smoked Paprika, Sage, Bayleaf
Bottle kindly supplied by Twisted 7 sauces
The Carolina Charm sits at the low end of heat in their hot sauce range with their own classification of 1.5 heat level. The ingredients only specify Tabasco and chipotle, but not what percentage, so I am not expecting much in the heat department here. However as a big BBQ fan, lover of rich both smoky sauces and South Carolina cooking what I am hoping for is a nice tangy BBQ sauce with all the feel of the Deep South!
This sauce is thick, making it ideal to stick to any meat; the aroma brings out the cumin and tomato with so far only a sense of the south. The first mouthful tastes a little like a liquid version of many South Carolina dry rubs I have tried. Perhaps I have been swayed by a recent Caribbean trip and the wonderful tangy fruity sauces they offer but I’m not sure if using this as a dipping sauce works well as isn’t doing the product much justice based on their description given by Twisted. So to give it a chance I am going to check out how it performs on a BBQ and mix it with some meat.
With anything South Carolina what I want to get that home made mammas cooking feel that makes me think of Bubba Gump shrimp. Though this sauce undoubtedly has the ingredients of the south in it for me it does not feel right. I am overpowered by the cumin and missing any kind of warmth from the chilli I would like.
The chipotle too has wonderful flavour and aroma as we all know but I can’t pick up even a hint of it. However on meat, this sauce does perk up a little mixing with the juices of a burger or slightly caramelised on chicken or a nice rack of ribs I am reminded of the flavours my palate is looking for. This sauce will no doubt add some unusual tasty flavours to your regular cooking and bring a change to regular BBQ sauces but sadly I don’t think it will have you reaching for more too soon.
In the summer hold a South Carolina themed BBQ party and add this sauce to your collection on the day and enjoy you won’t be disappointed. But as winter sets in, this sauce didn’t charm me, it won’t keep you warm and will leave you wanting more from it.
This 100ml bottle is £4.00