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Truly Texas - Mesquite BBQ Sauce

Truly Texas - Mesquite BBQ Sauce

Let hope that after the wettest April on record in the UK we will now be starting the BBQ season, I have to admit this bottle has been waiting for the better weather for me to c rack it open and try to create some proper BBQ.

This BBQ sauces just smell divine, a light smell of vinegar carries the sweet tomato, molasses and smoke it is hard to stop smelling this,  the taste is just as good if a little more complicated, as you can see from the ingredients list there is a lot in here, but when you take out the ingredients in the components used, it starts to look a bit simpler with tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, salt,  some smoke, vinegar and  a few herbs and spices.

The mesquite smoke flavour is not overpowering, if you have ever tried using a smoke extract you know how careful you have to be with the quantities unless you want things to taste like you are licking the inside of a chimney, over the past few years I have tried a lot of BBQ sauces and this must rank as one of the best.

Ingredients: Tomato Puree  (Water, Tomato Paste, Citric Acid), Sugar, Vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce (Distilled Vinegar, Molasses, Corn Syrup, Water, Salt, Caramel Colour, Garlic Powder, Sugar, Spices, Anchovies, Tamarind, Natural Flavour), Salt, Natural Mesquite Smoke, Lemon juice, Apple Cider Vinegar, BBQ Spice (Sugar, Ground Spices, Salt, Corn Starch, Garlic, Onion), Onion Powder, Spices, Xanthan Gum, Mustard Powder, Caramel Color.

Bottle kindly provided by Taste of Texas

Now this is not a grill sauce, if you put it on meat that then over the hot coals on your bbq grill, this this will burn and you will lose all that special flavour, this needs to be added at the end of cooking and gently coated over the meat.

We tested this on some BBQ ribs using the method that the outline in a video we published by The British BBQ Society a few days ago, I saves a few ribs to try before and after the sauce was added and the transformation has to be tasted to be believed, the ribs before where good, but after was to die for, and my ribs did not last long as unfortunately the whole family could smell what was cooking.

Now this is not the kind of BBQ sauce your supermarket sells for £1.49 a bottle, this is a not just sugar and caramel with a hint of tomato, this is the real thing coming direct from the home of real BBQ and it is work the £3.99  a bottle, that said the bottle is 340g  or 12oz of sauce, a little bigger that most.

You can order on-line at Taste of Texas who distribute this sauce in the UK

Flavour
(9.5/10)
Heat
(1/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(8/10)
Overall
(8.5/10)

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While we are the subject of ribs are this weekends Ribstock, I came across this video made by The British BBQ Society and show how to make competition quality ribs.

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Grace - Jerk BBQ Sauce

Grace - Jerk BBQ Sauce

With the warm weather coming, and my BBQ having already been cleaned ready for use, it was time to start looking at some of the BBQ products on our reviews schedule, Now you may not of heard of Grace, but they are part of the same group as Encona, Dunn’s River and bring us lots of interesting foods from the Caribbean.

This sauces comes in a big 510g bottle and is described as a combination of Jerk Seasoning and BBQ sauce, I am pleased to read on the bottle they only recommend adding this to things on the BBQ for the last few minutes, It always drives me mad when I see chicken coated in sweet BBQ sauce in the supermarkets as a kind of ready meal for the BBQ, I cannot think of anything worse you can do than burn a sweet BBQ sauce.

Jerk is a traditional BBQ flavouring Jamaica and normally describes a rub or hot spicy mixture, it uses the local Scotch Bonnet Chillies and Allspice berries for it flavour, but oftern you find cloves, cinnamon, scallions, nutmeg, thyme and garlic, there is no single recipe, everyone seems to have their interpretation.

Well enough waffle, lets see what it is like, the smell is just as you would expect, it is like BBQ sauce spiked with Jerk, the BBQ is winning at this point, but the taste is a different matter, the jerk flavour is bold and and the allspice and chillies are stronger than I expected, I really did not think this would have much go in it, but it has a real bite to it.

Now don’t get me wrong this is no super hot sauce, the heat is medium to mild, but  it is the other ingredients that make this so much better than expected, just a little more heat and this would have got an overall  (8/10) which is unexpected for something I picked up in a supermarket.

Ingredients: Water, Tomato Paste, Cane Sugar, Cane Vinegar, Seasoning (Onion Powder, Modified Corn Starch, Pimento, Mixed Herbs, Salt, Ascorbic Acid (E300), Hydrolyised Vegetable Protein, Citric Acid (E330), Flavourings, Colour (E150a), Yeast Extract, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Anti-Caking Agent (E552), Sodium Bisulphite (E222), Escallion, Scotch Bonnet Pepper, Preservative (E211).

While this is not jerk seasoning, which is normally used to marinate the meat before cooking, this does add that jerk flavour very well and for only £1.99 for a 510g bottle you are getting a lot of sauce for your £££’s

I think I will be adding this to my stock of BBQ sauces for this year, it will be interesting to see what other think of this.

P.S. If you cannot find this in your local supermarket then you can order on-line at the Caribbean Food Centre

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(4/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value
(9/10)
Overall
(7.5/10)

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Bodean's Hot Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Bodean's Hot Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Bodean’s is a small BBQ restaurant chain with 4 branches (Soho, Clapham, Fulham and Tower Hill) we found them at the Grillstock last year where their BBQ pit crew took part in the BBQ competition.  The business was started by Andre Blais in 2002 and he is attempting to provide proper slow cooked  Kansas Style BBQ to the Londener.

The sauce is a nice dark brown colour, and as it contains Chipotles I was hoping to save this for my first BBQ of the year, but I just could not resist popping the lid and tasting it.

The smell is just amazing, it is like walking into a proper BBQ joint, my mouth is watering just thinking about it, the sauce is nice and thick and would make some excellent ribs if there is enough left after I have stopped drinking it from the bottle.

The taste is a mixture of  tomatoes, vinegar and smoke, not a lot of heat from the Chipotles but at only 2.5% that is not surprising, but there is a little tingle on the lips. Often with product with  Hickory Smoke Extract in the ingredients, I find they have over done the sugar to cover the odd after taste, but this sauce show no sign of ether problem.

Ingredients: Water, Sugar, Tomato Puree, Spirit Vinegar, Chipotle (2.5%), Modified Starch, Natural Hickory Smoke Extract, Onion, Mustard, Cider Vinegar, Salt, Garlic, Acidity Regulator: Acetic Acid, Cracked Black Pepper, Colour: Caramel (E150c), Spices, Spice Extract.

The bottle is a smallish at only 220g and unfortunately I cannot remember exactly where is came from, but I think is was Sainsburys or what it cost, but I will be keeping my eye out for it and visiting there stall at this years Grillstock competition.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(1/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value
TBA
Overall
(8/10)

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