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30 October 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Creole Honey Mustard Sauce

"What this sauce leaves you with after eating is truly delicious."

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. And secondly, I've opened up to mustard in general, and I'm really starting to like it with more and more foods.

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! 🙂

 

29 October 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Louisiana Wing Sauce – The Original

"This is the best wing sauce I've ever had"

Louisiana Wing Sauce – The Original

Buffalo Wings. Man, I love Buffalo Wings. My friend got me this sauce from Texas, saying that it's very popular over there. I know that Frank's hot sauce is the most popular sauce for making Buffalo wings, but I wondered what the next big 'go-to sauce' is for wings, and apparently it is Louisiana Wing Sauce by Bruce Foods Corporation.

Buffalo Wings.  Man, I love Buffalo Wings.  My friend got me this sauce from Texas, saying that it’s very popular over there.  I know that Frank’s hot sauce is the most popular sauce for making Buffalo wings, but I wondered what the next big ‘go-to sauce’ is for wings, and apparently it is Louisiana Wing Sauce by Bruce Foods Corporation.

Well, Louisiana Wing Sauce certainly doesn’t disappoint, this is a wing sauce that is really worth seeking out if you like your Buffalo Wings.

The sauce is slightly thicker than original Frank’s, but very similar to Frank’s Wings sauce (surprisingly!).  A glossy, dark looking sauce, that smells quite acidic and almost punches you up the nose with it’s sharp tang.

I’m actually not so keen on this sauce when tasted by itself, it has a slightly odd flavour which I can’t put my finger on, a slightly artificial flavour, and tastes slightly too acidic. But this is a wing sauce after all, and so far I’ve found that most wing sauces aren’t great by themselves or served directly onto food…. Wing sauces are for WINGS.

I’ve cooked three batches of wings on separate occasions with Louisiana Wing Sauce, and I’ll say now those were the best wings I’ve ever eaten, and this is the best wing sauce I’ve ever had.  The high acidity goes perfect on the crisp, fatty chicken skin, and the full pepper flavour really compliments the white meat.  As the sauce caramelises on the meat, it goes a little ‘Marmitey’, a strong umami hit for the tastebuds.  It’s not  a complex sauce, and it’s made for one objective alone, to make f*cking A.M.A.Z.I.N.G tasting wings.

It would be only fair to compare it to Franks, and I’d say it’s more acidic, has much more heat, and has an overall fuller flavour than Franks.  Plus it came in a decent size bottle (354ml), something I wish Frank’s would.

So if you like making Buffalo wings, get yourself some of this sauce and let me know what think.

What’s your favourite wing sauce?

27 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Smack My Ass & Call Me Sally

"If I was going to call this sauce something, it certainly wouldn't be Sally."

Smack My Ass & Call Me Sally

So, Smack My Ass & Call Me Sally is a novelty Habanero hot sauce which comes from Florida, US. As you can see, some poor lad has had his bare bottom smacked hard, and crying

Comedy-named novelty sauces – love them or hate them?  Personally I love them (‘Professor Payne Indeass Sphincter Shrinker’ is one of my favorites), but I’ll rarely buy them since I can’t help but think that a sauce should be sold on its description and ingredients alone, but perhaps I’m just being a bit stuffy?  They are just a load of fun afterall.

So, Smack My Ass & Call Me Sally is a comedy-named Habanero hot sauce which comes from Florida, US.  As you can see, some poor lad has had his bare bottom smacked hard, and crying.  Fine.  What I haven’t figured out is whether he is crying due to a sore derrière or whether he has had the displeasure to try this sauce.

This comedy sauce doesn’t offer much other than the humorous packaging; what we have here is a bland, artificial, watery hot sauce which just burns your tongue and doesn’t offer much else.  Not much aroma to mention, and the colour of the sauce is quite pale and almost anaemic.   The ingredients list (image below) promises so much, but it feels like those ingredients have had the soul slapped out of them, and if I was going to call this sauce something, it certainly wouldn’t be Sally.

24 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Tabasco Sweet Chipotle and Cola Sauce & Marinade

"Say the words Tabasco, Chipotle, and Cola in the same sentence to me and I'll always get very excited, until now. "

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 & Cola Sauce & Marinade in my local Sainsbury's.

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.

 

22 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Mrs Renfro’s Habanero Salsa

"The heat from the Habanero kicks in and stays with you...for quite a while! "

Mrs Renfro’s Habanero Salsa

I'm not a salsa guy, mainly since I try not to buy crisps for consumption at home, but when I do actually get the chance to eat salsa, then forget the opening of this sentence. I was bought this salsa as a present from a local Whole Foods store, and I'm delighted I got to try it.

I’m not a salsa guy, mainly since I try not to buy crisps for consumption at home, but when I do actually get the chance to eat salsa, then forget the opening of this sentence.  I was bought this salsa as a present from a local Whole Foods store, and I’m delighted I got to try it.

Mrs Renfro’s Habanero Salsa is clearly quite an artisan product; the packaging is classy, ingredients natural, and comes with a nice back-story.  It feels homemade, far away from glass jars that Doritos have been pushing on us for years.

The first thing that hit me when I tried the sauce was how fresh and zingy it tasted, considering the jar must have been at least a few months old and shipped from the US I thought that was quite impressive.  A strong tomato base is complimented by fruity high note which is continued with a hit of sweet and sharp vinegar.  The heat from the Habanero kicks in and stays with you…for quite a while!  Mrs Renfro’s Habanero Salsa has a long lingering heat which works really well since it can only be stifled by eating more crisps – quite clever really.

Really worth getting some and sharing with others, tastes amazing and the heat is fierce but pleasing thanks to the fresh chilli peppers.

 

20 October 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Encona Brazilian BBQ Sauce

"This sauce really offers something very tasty and unique"

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).

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.

17 October 2014 ~ 21 Comments

Sainsbury’s Hot Pepper Sauce

"Well Sainsbury's, this one is a blinder."

Sainsbury’s Hot Pepper Sauce

I like to keep an eye on what supermarkets are doing with their own brand sauces, and it's great when you come across an attempt that is actually quite good. Well Sainsbury's, this one is a blinder.

I like to keep an eye on what supermarkets are doing with their own brand sauces, and it’s great when you come across an attempt that is actually quite good.  Well Sainsbury’s, this one is a blinder.

Sainsbury’s Hot Pepper Sauce is very much in the style of a Caribbean Scotch Bonnet sauce such as Windward West Indian sauce, or the Encona Hot Pepper sauce.  The sauce has a great colour and large visible pieces of Habanero within it, and has a loose and chunky consistency.

The flavour is fresh and fruity (what you’d expect from a Habanero sauce), and has short punchy heat followed by a longer burn which is actually quite devastating if you have a lot of it, we’re talking tears over a tablespoon.

A really good own-brand sauce.  Although it’s a great sauce for the price (£1.25), I personally wouldn’t buy it again since there are better examples of this style of sauce out there, however it’s worth a punt if your Sainsbury’s stocks it.

UPDATE:

After a few more tastes and chats with friends, I think I would perhaps buy this again over brands like Encona or Windward (which share shelf space) .  This sauce by Sainsbury’s has an very special individuality; for an own-brand sauce I can do nothing but tip one’s cap.

16 October 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Jalapeno, lime, & coriander chilli sauce recipe

"It's best eaten fresh."

Jalapeno, lime, & coriander chilli sauce recipe

I'm all up for spending a couple of hours in the kitchen coming up with a crafted chilli sauce recipe, but sometimes you want to come up with something quick and that will work every time.

I’m all up for spending a couple of hours in the kitchen coming up with a crafted chilli sauce recipe, but sometimes you want to come up with something quick and that will work every time.

Well, here’s a little quick chilli sauce recipe I make now and again which is so easy to do, you don’t even need to bottle it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large jar of pickled green jalapenos  (I buy the big tall jars from Tesco or if I’m in town the poundshop!  The Discovery or Uncle Bens smaller jars are fine but a lot more expensive most of the time pack less heat.
  • 2 limes
  • A handful of fresh coriander, stalks on (cilantro)
  • Salt & Pepper

Method:

  1. Add the jalapenos to a blender or food processor with all the liquid from the jar.
  2. Add some of the coriander, juice of one lime, and salt  and pepper.
  3. Bliitz to the consistency you want (chunky or smooth), and taste.  Here it’s up to you whether you add more coriander and lime, I usually add juice on another lime and a lot of coriander.
  4. If you need to loosen the consistency just add a touch of water or white wine vinegar and blitz.

You can bottle or jar this, and it will keep in the fridge well for at least a couple of months – but it’s best eaten fresh.

 

15 October 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Cholula Chilli Garlic

"This Chilli Garlic variety is not as good as the original, let's say that now"

Cholula Chilli Garlic

I'm a big fan of the original variety of Cholula, it's the perfect beginners hot sauce since it has a heat which almost anyone can manage, but packs in such a good taste. I usually have a bottle floating around somewhere since it's so versitile thanks to the big fresh flavour and splash on consistency.

I’m a big fan of the original variety of Cholula, it’s the perfect beginners hot sauce since it has a heat which almost anyone can manage, but packs in such a good taste.  I usually have a bottle floating around somewhere since it’s so versitile thanks to the big fresh flavour and splash on consistency.

This Cholula Chilli Garlic variety is not as good as the original though, let’s say that now.  The reason Cholula original such a popular and bestselling sauce is because the exceptional balance of chilli peppers and vinegar.  This Chilli Garlic variety pushes a much stronger garlic flavour but for me it’s not particularly tasty; it’s more like a dried garlic than fresh garlic flavour.  It’s also worth noting that this has no more heat than the original.

Nonetheless, Cholula Chilli Garlic is a good sauce and worth trying if you particularly like garlic, but personally I’ll stick with the original and Chipotle varieties.

08 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Panola Cajun Hot Sauce Salsa Picante

"Combine pepper mash with vinegar and you have a straightforward Louisiana Hot Sauce."

Panola Cajun Hot Sauce Salsa Picante

I got this Panola sauce as part of a gift pack which came with a total of four sauces, and was surprisingly quite cheap for imported sauce (£4.99). Panola Cajun Hot Sauce Salsa Picante seems to be the 'Original' variety in the gift pack so I thought I would review it first.

I got this Panola sauce as part of a gift pack which came with a total of four sauces, and was surprisingly quite cheap for imported sauces (£4.99).  Panola Cajun Hot Sauce Salsa Picante seems to be the ‘Original’ variety in the gift pack so I thought I would review it first.

The sauce comes in a 177ml plastic bottle, and has a liquid/splash consistency to it.  The colour of the sauce is blood red, and imparts strong colouring on most foods you add it to, however the sauce is 100% natural.  Just four ingredients make up this sauce, the key being the ‘Aged Pepper Mash’ which is used in sauces such Frank’s Red Hot and Tabasco.  Combine the pepper mash with vinegar and you have a straightforward Louisiana Hot Sauce.

The sauce has great depth of flavour from the aged peppers, with a rich backbone and a floral finish.  I’m a big fan of vinegar sauces, but this has a slight unpleasant acidity to it which I can’t put my finger on.  On foods the flavour tends to get a little lost, so I’d perhaps keep this sauce for adding to blander items such as nachos and eggs.

Not bad, I’d imagine this sauce sits on a lot of Louisiana cafe/diner tables, but it’s not one I’d bother with having at home.

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