Bar-B-Que

Dinosaur Bar-Q-Cue - Garlic Chipotle Pepper Sauce

Dinosaur Bar-Q-Cue - Garlic Chipotle Pepper Sauce

All the way from Syracyse, New York comes Dinosaur Bar-B-Cue’s Garlic Chipotle Pepper Sauce. Surprisingly light in colour for a chipotle based sauce, this bottle comes with a dinosaur motif breathing fire on chicken, steak and chips – it’s quite a lively label with plenty to say. I’m not completely sure which dinosaur breathed fire, but that definitely isn’t going to come from the heat contained in the innards.

With the top gone, the aromas that emanate from the bottle are not that distinguishable. There is a hint of garlic on the nose, but trying to tie down the chillies inside is not easy, the distinct chipotle smell you’d expect is well disguised. The prose on the bottle goes for a beer metaphor claiming it will make your food all hopped up with its tempestuous brew of cayenne, habanero and chipotle chilli mix.

Ingredients: Water, Cayenne Peppers, Sugar, Vinegar, Garlic, Chipotle Peppers, Spices, Xanthan Gum, Habanero Peppers, Honey, Spice Extracts and Natural Flavour.

Bottle supplied by Hot-Headz.com

It’s certainly an eclectic mix though the “natural flavour” was a bit concerning as to what it might be – if it’s natural, why not just say what those flavours are? The sauce pours easily onto the spoon as it is quite thin in texture, a few flecks of peppers but no seeds, so be careful when tipping the bottle.

The flavours that come through on the first taste are unusually meaty, like a beef chilli, this is mixed with a hint of garlic and the cayenne peppers creeping in. What is difficult to pick out is any chipotle; if it’s there it’s very lightly smoked and well-disguised, but that’s not to say it isn’t tasty. I’ve now used nearly two thirds of the bottle as it has a very moreish quality to it. It goes great with most things included pizza and sausage sandwiches. What heat that is there hits straight away, though it’s fairly mild with just a hint of habanero fire to give it a little more kick than is normally associated with this style of sauce – it peaks straight away and just
lingers nicely.

Overall Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s Garlic Chipotle Pepper Sauce is a very usable everyday hot sauce with quite an unusual meaty flavour to it, even if it’s a bit lacking in chipotle tang. Given I’ve managed to get through most of the bottle in under a week, I’d definitely recommend giving this a go, particularly if you like the milder sauces and especially at £3.99 for a 148ml bottle from Hot-Headz.com.

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(3/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value
(6/10)
Overall
(7/10)

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Devils Duel

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Devils Duel

Of all the sauces I received in my box from Hot Juan a few weeks ago for review, this is my favourite. It’s a Habanero-based effort from the US with a heavy vinegar note being the primary smell off the top of the bottle.

Whatever’s been used for vinegar, however, has a mellow flavour, with any bitterness removed. Well-placed celery and lime pull together with the Habaneros and vinegar to give a deeply savoury effect.

All the flavours and aromas are distinct, including the Habanero.

Ingredients: Water, Mustard (Mustard flour, Vinegar, Salt), Vinegar, Habanero peppers, Sugar, Garlic, Onion, Xanthan Gum (natural food fibre), Green bell pepper, Celery, Caramel colour, Lime juice, Spice extractives.

Bottle kindly provided by Hot-Headz

Mayonnaise-based salads – pasta, coleslaw, etc – love it, and I’ve found myself specifically making them just so I can eat more sauce. A good sign (unless you’re my belt).

As for heat, there’s just enough. It’s a straight-up hab burn on the back of the throat and the tip of the tongue. I’m guessing decent stock was used; the flavour’s unmistakable. As there’s no additive aside from the chillis themselves and the main ingredients are water, mustard and vinegar, the heat vanishes quickly in the main then lingers in the throat. The lower level of hotness means it’s perfect for everyday use.

The consistency’s thin and it’s easy to pour. A caramel colouring’s been used to make it browner, and you can see the pieces of chilli if you squint.

You’ll get a 148ml bottle for £3.99. The packaging features a T-Rex stabbing Satan, so it’s difficult to fault. Dinosaurs make everything better. You can purchase this sauce from Hot-Headz

The icing on the cake is a refusal to use anything artificial. For a “commercial” hot sauce this is pretty much brilliant.

My only real complaint is that I had the last spoonful as a reminder to write this review.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(6/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(8/10)
Overall
(9/10)

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Our great thanks to Scott Roberts for putting this youtube video up on this site. I have an BBQ like this at home, but have never been 100% happy with the results, maybe I will give it another go after watching this video.. Now the problem is finding this cut of meat in a UK butcher..

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We came across the Exclusive Importers and Sole Distributors’of the Truly Texas range at Grillstock. Taste of Texas has been in business for a couple of years and we are please to see that they are appearing at West Dean later this year.  We have two of their BBQ sauces to review the first of which is the Southern Pecan BBQ Sauce.

Truly Texas - Southern Pecan BBQ Sauce

Truly Texas - Southern Pecan BBQ Sauce

BBQ in Texas is an art form, this is not grilling burgers over hot coals, but a slow cooking method, that can take 10-12 hours to produce some of the most tender and succulent flavoured meat I have tasted. For meat prepared with such care you need a BBQ sauce of equal quality. That is not to say you cannot use good BBQ sauce on your burgers, cooked on the BBQ grill while enjoying  a nice warm summer evening with a beer of two.

I have had been lucky to have some excellent BBQ cooked over hickory wood a few time in my life, and each time the flavour has been outstanding, wood smoked BBQ is a strong flavour idea of slow cooked pork of beef. On opening this bottle I get that memory of real BBQ from just the smell, it makes my taste buds start working overtime. I can now  remember eating beef ribs so large that I got sauce on both ears while eating them..

FYI – The Pecan is a species of Hickory and is the state tree of Texas, both the nuts and the wood are much prized for their excellent flavour.

Ingredients: Tomato Puree (Water and Tomato Paste), Brown Sugar, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Pecans, Red Wine Vinegar, Prepared Mustard (Vinegar, Water, Mustard Seed, Mustard Bran, Salt, FD & C Yellow #5, Turmeric), Molasses, Onion, Carmel Colour, Xanthan Gum, Pepper Sauce ( Cayenne and Habanero Peppers, Vinegar, Salt), Garlic Powder, Hickory Smoke, Natural Flavorings, Spices. Note: Contains Anchovies.

Kindly provided by Taste of Texas

This sauce has that smell, but how does the taste stack-up, the instant first flavour is of mildly smokey tomatoes, there is an excellent balance between the sweet sugar and the vinegar that keeps you coming back for more. Often the smoke flavour is  acrid, like licking the inside of a chimney ( No I have not does this yet, but my imagination is good). This sauce is a work of art, the more I taste it the better it gets, it is not designed to be macho or overpower the food, but to enhance the flavours or in the UK rescue us from the burnt burgers and charcoal coated sausages.

Throw out that sweet sticky muck that is peddled as BBQ sauce in the UK supermarkets and get some real BBQ sauce, you will be glad you did and this is one of the best examples of it type you will find.

At £4.50 a bottle this is not cheap, and it tastes so good a bottle does not last long, but it is worth every penny, for more information and to place an order visit www.tasteoftexas.co.uk.

Flavour
(9.5/10)
Heat
(1/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value
(8/10)
Overall
(8/10)

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