Bar-B-Que

Volcano Chilli - BBQ Lava

Volcano Chilli - BBQ Lava

Volcano Chilli is the brain child of Rosie and Chris Jagger, who started selling Chilli Products in Lincoln’s Central Market, as they could not find anywhere they could buy quality chilli products locally.

They have now started making their own, this is the first product from them we have reviewed, I did get a sneaky taste last year at the Brighton Chilli Festival, but the product has been improved and developed on since then.

This smells rich with Sun Dried Tomatoes and hints of Garlic then a little smoke from the Chipotles, it is also a  great spreadable consistency, idea of plastering on Chicken legs/thighs or across a burger, and not just when its BBQ weather, anytime is good.

Ingredients: Sun Dried Tomato, Onion, Garlic, Chipotle Chilli, Cider Vinegar, Tomato Paste, Chopped Tomato, Soy Sauce, Demarara Sugar, Olive Oil, Salt.

The taste is a beautiful concoction, with the main ingredients each adding to the overall flavour with out overpowering the others, as it should be for a  BBQ Sauce this is not an extremely hot product, the Chipotles add their smokiness as well as some heat, but this does not again dominate but adds to the whole experience a smooth warming finish.

Rosie and Chris could have a real winner on their hands, they have used top-notch ingredients and it shows in the quality of the product, this won’t last till BBQ season around here, I can already see it as a dip, spread and even just for eating directly out the jar..

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

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Fire Food's Fire BBQ Sauce

Fire Food's Fire BBQ Sauce

Woody at Fire Foods has had a good year, his Infinity Chilli hit 1,067,286 Scovile Units, he has also been building a business that has created some great sauces, we have reviewed a number of them this year and we are delighted to have their Fire BBQ Sauce to try.

This sauce is billed as a BBQ sauce to knock your socks off, with more heat than the usual BBQ sauces, but still with a Smokey BBQ flavour.. Lets see how it does.

The sauce comes in a smart black plastic bottle, so it is ideal for mail order, and comes with a bright red lid, we always had problems with plastic bottles when it came to face to face sales, it seems people expect craft manufacturers to use glass bottles, but this one I have to say does look good, but it does stop you seeing the sauce, which is an important part of the buying process.

Ingredients: Tomatoes, Sugar, Onions, Tomato Puree, Soy Sauce, Chilli Oil, Garlic, Smoke Flavour.

Bottle kindly supplied by Fire Foods.

On opening I have to say this sauce smells hot, it may be the Smokey aroma, that acts as a warning, on poring on to my tasting spoon, I can describe the sauce as a red/brown colour, it a smooth consistency similar to that of a tomato sauce.

The taste is instantly of a smokey tomatoes sauce, with the onions, garlic and Soy sauce combined well in to the mix, the heat is not as great as I was expecting, but it is hotter that any BBQ I have tried this year.

It is a great flavour, and would make an ideal coating for BBQ ribs (basted on during the last few minutes of cooking), also works well wished into mayo for dip with a bit of bite.

You can order this sauce on-line at www.firefoods.co.uk and at £3.50 a bottle, you are getting a lot of heat and flavour for your money

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

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Nando's New Improved Sauces

Nando's New Improved Sauces

A few weeks ago I picked up a couple of bottles of New Improved Nando’s Peri-Peri BBQ Sauce and Peri-Peri Tomato Sauce in my local supermarket (Yes sometimes we have to purchase sauces), unfortunately I had not tried the previous version of these two products so I cannot tell how much they have improved.

Both of these products are rated by Nando’s as medium, they contain no artificial Colours, Preservatives, and MSG and both are suitable for vegetarians. (Did you know that the word vegetarian comes from the Latin “vegetus” meaning “lively”.

Now back to the sauces:-

Nando’s Peri-Peri BBQ Sauce

This is described on the bottle as “Take BBQ sauce. Blend with Nando’s Peri-Peri sauce. Beat chest. Lick lips. Tuck in”.

I have to say on opening the sauce does smell like BBQ with Lemon, which is one of the major flavour ingredients in Nando’s sauces I have tasted in the past. The Initial taste is very strongly of Lemon as well, with a tomato overtone followed by a hint of BBQ flavour, before the Lemon takes back over again.

There are a few seeds floating in the mix which is otherwise a smooth thick consistency.

Ingredients:- Sugar, Water, Tomato Paste, Malt Vinegar (from Barley), Spirit Vinegar, Soya Sauce (Water, Salt, Glucose, Soy Beans, Barley Malt Extract, Spirit Vinegar, Wheat Flour), Thickener (Modified Maize Starch), Vinegar, Onion, Lemon, Paprika, African Bird’s Eye Chilli (Peri-Peri Chilli), Vegetable Oil, Salt, Cayenne Pepper, Molasses, Smoke Flavouring, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Garlic, Stabiliser (Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum).

There is a little bit of heat that builds up in the back of the throat, but nothing to cause any concern to putting this sauce out with children present.

Flavour
(6/10)
Heat
(2/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value
(5/10)
Overall
(6/10)

Nando’s Peri-Peri Tomato Sauce

This is described on the bottle as “Tomato sauce blended with Nando’s Peri-Peri sauce. Rocket science? No. Delicious? Yes.

Like the BBQ this again has a Lemon smell on opening, it is a lighter red colour, and the consistency you would expect from a Tomato sauce.

If anything this has an even more Lemon taste, and while not hot the warmth is now on my tongue , the Lemon is the flavour you expect from Nando’s sauces and this defiantly has Lemon coming over all the other flavours, I did not feel that the tomato flavour was strong enough, while not unpleasant this sauce is not a winner for me, if anything the Lemon is a little bitter and has had to be sweetened with to much Glucose-Fructose Syrup and sugar, the sweetness and flavour of the Tomatoes has been lost.

Ingredients: Water, Tomato Paste (15%), Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Sprit Vinegar, Sugar, Thickener (Modified Maze Starch), Vinegar, Salt, Onion, Lemon, African Bird’s Eye Chilli (Peri-Peri Chilli), Vegetable Oil, Garlic, Cayenne Pepper, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Bay Leaf, Chilli Pepper, Paprika, Natural Flavouring, Stabiliser (Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum).

I love some of the Nando’s product range, and while the BBQ sauce, I can see myself using if I find it at a BBQ, the Tomato sauce is not better for the addition of the Nando’s magic.

Flavour
(2/10)
Heat
(1/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value
(2/10)
Overall
(3/10)

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Old Texas BBQ - Original Barbeque Sauce

Old Texas BBQ - Original Barbeque Sauce

The bottle tells us that this Barbeque Sauce comes from authentic recipe via the cowboy trails from El Paso to San Antonio dating back to the 1850’s.

 

I love BBQ and BBQ sauces, but here in the UK we use BBQ Grills and so these type of sauces need to be used correctly and only added to food either after cooking or during the last few moments of cooking. Unlike marinades or rubs they contain lots of sugar, which if used on the direct hear of a BBQ grill will burn and start to taste very unpleasant.

This BBQ sauce is a real find, it is sweet, but not overly sticky, it has a excellent smoky flavour, that is imparted by some liquid smoke, but without the chemical after taste I often find with added smoke flavours.

It coats the food well; we used it on some chicken, adding it after cooking, it really enhanced the flavour of the food.

Ingredients: Water, Brown Sugar, Tomato Paste, Prepared Yellow Mustard, Distilled Vinegar, Liquid Smoke, Molasses, Granulated Garlic Salt, Salt, Chilli Powder, Dehydrated Onion, Onion Granulated, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Cayenne Pepper, Ground Cumin, Ground Oregano, Ground Cloves.

(Bottle kindly provided by Hot Headz)

I don’t think I have tasted a better Texas style BBQ sauce in the UK, each of the ingredients works well together to produce a product packed with flavour. In many cases this sauce can be used rescue that burned burger, chicken, or sausage and make our BBQ Grills a pleasure to use.

If you like BBQ, don’t buy a cheap smoky BBQ sauce from the supermarket again.

You can order this one online at www.hot-headz.com, it comes in a large 510g bottle, so there will be plenty to go around and at only £3.99 it is well worth it.

Flavour
(8.5/10)
Heat
(3/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value
(8/10)
Overall
(8/10)

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