Bar-B-Que

We had a great Sunday at Grillstock in Bristol, lots of BBQ sauces and Chilli Sauces to taste, and some cool BBQ kit to drool over, I know five BBQ’s and 4 smokers  is enough for anyone, but I can always look, I did love the look of the Big Green Egg and the BarbeSkew (Do you think they do samples?).

Picked up a new curry to try from Chiman’s this one is called “The Colonel’s Curry” and is based on an original recipe by Colonel Kenney-Herbert, we will be reviewing that in the next few weeks.

We also have a couple of BBQ sauces from Taste of Texas to review and we tasted a lot of others at the event, so we hope to get some more samples in the post soon.

Below you will find some of the picture we took at the event, you can click on them to see larger versions.

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Why does all the best BBQ sauce come from the USA, I think it because they have real BBQ, a slow cooking process, where they use lower temperatures (200F approx 95C) for long periods measured in hours not the minutes we use here. A typical UK BBQ is cooking directly over hot charcoal, and it not really BBQ at all more outdoor grilling.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Sensuous Slathering BBQ Sauce

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Sensuous Slathering BBQ Sauce

So why does this produce better BBQ sauce, well they do not use the BBQ sauce as a cooking sauce, but add it in the last few minutes of cooking or just before serving. In the UK you find BBQ sauces full of sugar coated over pork in trays in the supermarkets.

There is nothing wrong with grilling, burgers and chicken drumsticks taste much better grilled over hot coals. The fat drips on the coals, burns and flavours the meat.

On opening the bottle there is that reassuring pop that is has been sealed when hot, the smell is almost perfect BBQ, Tomatoes, Vinegar, Molasses waft from the bottle carried by a little smoke…  This sauce is not the thick sticky sugary muck  that we find called BBQ sauce in squishy bottles our supermarkets.

Ingredients: Crushed Tomatoes, Vinegar, Sugar, Mustard (Mustard Flour, Vinegar, Salt), Spices, Brown Sugar, Salt, Molasses, Xanthan Gum (Natural Food Fibre), Natural Smoke Flavour, Onion, Garlic, Green Bell Pepper, Lemon Oil, Spices Extractives.

Jar kindly provided by www.hot-headz.com

Slap this on some slow cooked pork (pulled pork) and I am in heaven, there is a little warmth from the spices, but this is not designed to be hot, they have another one for that. The sauce is much thinner consistency that you may expect, but it does not lack flavour, the initial flavour is from the vinegar and tomatoes and then mustard and molasses, the smoke flavour is subtle enough for UK tastes, while it has a initial vinegar taste, this is much less noticeable when used as intended and not swigged straight from the bottle.

You get a good sized 539g bottle for you £3.99 that should last a few BBQ’s if you can keep from using it as a dip for everything.  How would I use it.. on anything from the grill or BBQ

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(1/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(9/10)
Overall
(8.5/10)

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Bim's Kitchen - Hot Tangy BBQ Sauce

Bim's Kitchen - Hot Tangy BBQ Sauce

Bim’s Kitchen is a relatively new company to us, we have reviewed their African Chillinut Sauce just a few weeks ago, and that was excellent, a unique flavour, today we are going to try the Hot Tangy BBQ Sauce.

This BBQ sauce comes in a 420g jar, it is dark brown in colour, on cracking open the lid there is a strong aromatic BBQ sauce smell from the Soy sauce and Molassess, but with something I cannot identify.

The sauce is nice and thick and not overly packed with sugar, which for me is a big bonus, I am getting to the point where I will pass on the sugar packed BBQ sauces as I know they will be just sweet and sticky and cheap.

This however is tasty, and while not really hot it definably lives up to tangy description, these is however a flavour in these I cannot identify, it does however taste WOW. There is something in the sauce that has a slight bitty texture to it, but I suspect this a one of the peppers or seeds not being ground to a complete powder (that is no a complaint).

What ever Bim has added to get that extra flavour is a winner for me, this BBQ like the  African Chillinut sauce is again unique and very very moreish.

Ingredients: Soy Sauce, Tomatoes, Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Honey, Molasses, Onions, Garlic, Sunflower Oil, Mixed Herbs, Salt, Alligator Pepper, Cubeb, Ginger, Paprika, Birdseye Chilli, Celery Seeds, Cumin, Natural Hickory Smoke.

Jar kindly provided by www.bimskitchen.com

I can see I am going to have to get some Alligator pepper and Cubeb to try so I can see what and how they have added that flavour to the sauce, it is defiantly a flavour I have not tried before, and it is good….

On Bim’s web site they have an interesting recipe for BBQ chicken wings:- “Place wings in a large saucepan, cover wings fully with cold water. Add some fresh (or dried) thyme, parsley, bay leaf, black pepper, onion and salt. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove wings and allow to cool down before liberally covering with BBQ sauce. Leave for at least 45 minutes (overnight if you’ve really got time) then grill in oven or BBQ, basting occasionally with a bit more sauce if you want.

As you can see the recipe involves boiling the wings in water and simmering them with some herbs, I have not tried this before, but I will certainly be giving it a go very soon.

This BBQ sauce costs just £3.50, putting in the great value for money category, so hunt this stuff down and give it a try, and let me know what you think gives it that boost of flavour, on the web site www.bimskitchen.com you can order this or find your local stockiest.

Flavour
(8.5/10)
Heat
(2/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value
(8.5/10)
Overall
(8/10)

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The Bay Tree -Smokey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

The Bay Tree -Smokey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

The Bay Tree all started in 1994 after a meeting between Emma Macdonald and Lucie Lewis, Emma’s Sweet and Sour Cucumber Relish so impressed Lucie that she went into business with Emma. Lucie  introduced the products to some ex colleagues at Harvey Nics and Fortnum’s and orders soon followed.

The business has since gone from strength to strength with a nice new factory just up the road from us here at the ChileFoundry, their products are in all the local deli’s and specialist shops, the range is now massive and spreads from condiments to biscuits and snacks.

This BBQ sauce is a dark brown colour, on opening there is a sweet smell from the mixture molasses and soy sauce, the sauce is thick and sticky with some texture from the onions flesh in the mix.

Ingredients: Brown Sugar (Sugar, Molasses), Soy Sauce (Water, Soya Beans, Wheat Flour, Salt), Balsamic Vinegar (White Vinegar, Concentrated Grape Must, Colour: Caramel (E150 (d)), Onion, Water, Tomato Puree, Ginger, Starch, Rapeseed Oil, Garlic, Chipotle (<1%>).

The flavour is a definite mixture of the sweeten Soy sauce and Balsamic Vinegar, while it is sweet, it is not as sweet than the normal super market sauces, unfortunately there is only the mildest hint of smokey flavour from the Chipotles and for me an almost complete lack of warmth. This sauce needs a bit more Chipotle before it is named a Smokey Chipotle BBQ sauce.

But at only £2.50  for a  275g  bottle, it is a much better value/flavour combination than the cheaper BBQ sauces found in your local supermarket, but like them as it still has a high sugar level and should only be added to the BBQ foods in the last few moment of cooking, else it will burn and turn bitter.

This plus the rest of the range is available at www.thebaytree.co.uk where you can also find a massive list of their stockists.

Flavour
(5/10)
Heat
(0.5/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value
(7/10)
Overall
(6.5/10)

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