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.

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.

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.

Windward West Indian Hot Pepper Sauce

Windward’s Indian Hot Pepper Sauce is a blinder!  The sauce has a traditional Caribbean pepper sauce flavour that you may have tried before with sauces such as Baron and Encona, very fruity, quite sharp, but with an undercurrent of mellow thyme.

The Wiltshire Chilli Farm Fruity Chilli Sauce

Lovely, a proper British chilli sauce made with home-grown chillies, and containing nothing but natural ingredients.  The Wiltshire Chilli Farm Fruity Chilli Sauce is a very vibrant and fruity chilli sauce that is not too far away from a spicier version of HP sauce.  The main flavour profile is brown sugar, dried fruit, with a zingy kick of chilli.