Jamaican Jerk BBQ Sauce – Encona

A dark and peppery barbecue sauce with a Jerk twist, this sauce is packed with Jamaican flavour and fairly mild heat. Strong tomato ketchup flavour at first, but then the smokey Jerk taste comes through well and provides a nice balance to the sweetness. Nice lip stinging heat from the Habanero, but nothing serious and this heat is dulled when added to food. The strong black pepper and allspice really stays with you and provides good depth to what could have been an average bbq sauce. Goes great on a hot sizzling sausage, and fantastic on chicken and rice. Reggae Reggae sauce is still the King of Jerk BBQ sauces in my opinion, but this effort by Encona fairs well and only cost me £1! Rating: 4⃣/5⃣

Mr. Singh’s BBQ Chilli Sauce

Mr. Singh’s is a family success story, one that started in a garden shed and now has it’s products in stores such as Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, and Ocado.  It seems now that Mr. Singh’s is going from strength to strength and is planning to release more sauces and products later in the year.

First of all, I was struck back by the fantastic packaging and bottle design of Mr. Singh’s BBQ Chilli Sauce, a real gem on the shelf this one.   Twisting the lid off for the first time, a big, rich aroma hits me – dark soy and sour fruit notes makes my mouth water.

Mr. Singh’s BBQ Chilli Sauce has a lovely smooth, thick consistency; it appears to the eye as sticky but actually it’s just got a glossy shine to it – a real good looking sauce that is great for pouring or dipping.

On my first try of Mr. Singh’s BBQ Chilli Sauce I immediately get a dark, sour, soy taste, a strong tamarind flavour is present.  A sharp yet warming heat makes it’s presence, followed by a long after burn.  The sauce is finished with subtle sweetness, which compliments the sourness perfectly. Really big flavours going on here.

The heat lasts but is not unpleasant; it’s a complex chilli profile and clearly comes from fresh chilies rather than an extract, lots of layers to the heat.

This BBQ Chilli Sauce is so far proving to be a versatile sauce; amazing with rice, noodles, and roasted meats, and also goes well with eggs, vegetables, and in sandwiches.

Mr. Singh’s BBQ Chilli Sauce is not a standard tasting American style barbecue sauce – it’s more soy flavoured than ketchup & sugar, and has much more sourness than sweetness.  In fact, I’d be happy to say this seems like a successful experiment between a chilli-barbecue sauce, and a HP style brown sauce.

A huge, dark monster of a sauce, Mr. Singh has torn-up the Barbecue sauce rule book and delivered a unique and standout sauce.  I’m really enjoying the sauce and look forward to using it each time.

 

Crucials Brazilian BBQ Sauce

I purchased Crucials Brazilian BBQ Sauce from my local pound shop and thought It would be worth a try.

The texture of Crucials Brazilian BBQ Sauce quite gloopy and slightly unnatural looking.  A very smooth sauce with no bits or chunks.

Pretty generic barbecue sauce flavour here: sweet, smoky, strong  tomato. There is a small amount of fruity tang that brightens up the sauce, but this is really only detectable when eating a very small amount and generally gets lost among the other strong barbecue sauce flavours.  I can’t detect any heat here which is quite disappointing considering it’s meant to be spiced with jalapeno peppers.

Calling this sauce Brazilian is questionable, but then again what is a traditional Brazilian barbecue sauce – care to let me know?  Encona recently put out an Encona Brazilian BBQ sauce which I thought was great since it was really quite different to other generic barbecue sauces.

A good sauce to put out for children at a barbecue, or for folks that just like a mild sweet barbecue sauce.  This isn’t a bad sauce, I just wish Crucials would have been a bit more bold with the Brazilian flavour (mangos) and jalapeno heat. There are plenty of barbecue sauces out there, and I’d certainly never reach for this one if I had the choice.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Creole Honey Mustard Sauce

I wouldn’t normally buy mustard based sauces since I’m not a fan of the hot yellow seed, but this one caught my eye and I’m ever so pleased I did a couple of reasons. First of all, this sauce is bloody delicious. Secondly, I’ve opened up to mustard in general, and I’m really starting to like it with more and more foods.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Creole Honey Mustard Sauce has a glossy, thick consistency with lots of small bits which give the sauce a natural appearance.  The aroma is sharp mustard, not far away from ‘French’s’, and gives off a good hit of black pepper.  It smells divine, and this aroma from this sauce intensifies when the sauce is cooked.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Creole Honey Mustard Sauce has such a great balance when it comes to taste, this is one of my favourite sauces since four flavour sensations gets delivered separately when tasted.  First you get sweet mellow mustard, which then gets kicked out by a super-tangy mustard-vinegar tang, which is then calmed by a very earthy and warming black pepper spread of heat, finishing off with a tiny bit of chilli heat that rounds the sauce off.

The bits in the sauce seem to be black pepper which gives a prolonged warm pepper flavour in the mouth as you eat more of the sauce, and the sharp, vinegary mustard tang stays present also.

What makes this sauce exceptional is that it’s different with every bite – sometimes you get more black pepper, sometimes you get more chilli heat, but it’s always balanced well with the acidity from the mustard.  It leaves a moreish, slightly acidic after-taste, and a cool chilli and black pepper burn that makes you want to down the entire bottle.

I’ve mainly eaten this sauce with pork and beef steaks, it goes so well with a little charred fat on the edge of steak, the acidity of the sauce is perfect.  Also, this sauce goes great with veggies, it’s excellent on broccoli and cabbage.

This is not a hot sauce, the heat is barley noticeable but it’s so well delivered it doesn’t need to be any hotter.  What this sauce leaves you with after eating is truly delicious.

Certainly a runner for my favourite sauce of 2014, even though it’s not hot! 🙂

 

Tabasco Sweet Chipotle and Cola Sauce & Marinade

Tabasco have got to be one of the biggest hot sauce brands out there right?  I’ve always been surprised by how little they’ve expanded their product range, so I was not surprised to see this Tabasco Sweet Chipotle and Cola Sauce & Marinade in my local Sainsbury’s.

Say the words Tabasco, Chipotle, and Cola in the same sentence to me and I’ll always get very excited, until now.  Yep I’m not impressed with this effort from Tabasco and it’s been hanging out in my cupboard for months now, I keep trying with it different foods either as a sauce or marinade but I just can’t get on with it.

The sauce is very thick and comes out of the bottle quite clumpy, great for a marinade but not great for a table sauce.  The taste is very sweet with a tame cola-ish flavour, which then gets backed up by a slightly smoky heat which is actually quite pokey if you eat enough of it.  Strangely the heat doesn’t hang around when applied to food which is then later cooked (ribs, chicken thighs etc), which is disappointing.

Overall this sauce is overly sweet, quite bland, and doesn’t have any depth.  It could do with some more acidity and perhaps more seasoning.  When you look at the long ingredients list (see image below), it’s not surprising that this sauce just tastes a bit generic and sugary.  It’s such a shame since Tabasco’s core product has only THREE ingredients, all natural, which is a world away from Tabasco Sweet Chipotle and Cola Sauce & Marinade.

Not impressed Tabasco, you need to try much harder than this.

 

Encona Brazilian BBQ Sauce

A short review today since I doubt you’ll able to buy this sauce anymore because Encona released this limited edition to coincide with the World Cup 2014 in Brazil (England fans have already forgotten this ever happened).

This is a very brave sauce to call BBQ in my opinion, and I must applaud Encona for doing so since it’s really something quite different to other barbecue sauces.

The colour is a rich mahogany, consistency is oily and smooth, but not sticky and gloopy like a lot of US style barbecue sauces. Encona Brazilian BBQ Sauce has a nice sweet smokey taste which is livened up by a strong woody herb flavour, think thyme or marjoram.  A slight hint of citrus brings the smoke and herbs together.

There isn’t really much heat to it, but it’s got a pleasant warmth. This sauce isn’t mind-blowing by any means, especially when tried by itself alone, but add this to a burger or any kind of grilled meat or vegetables and this sauce really offers something very tasty and unique, which is more than can be send for a lot of barbecue sauces out there.