Tonight was a night of unexpected opportunities. My wife had planned on cooking dinner tonight. However, I was unable to get one of the main ingredients for the planned meal, so those grand plans fell through. She finally suggested that I do the Hot-n-Nasty Burgers that I did earlier this week. Turns out this was the perfect opportunity to try out the Spicy BBQ Sauce from Uncle Kenny’s BBQ!
Uncle Kenny’s BBQ is based in the Orlando, FL area. Started by college friends Mike Smith and Kenny Nadeau (the namesake for Uncle Kenny’s BBQ) in 2004, Uncle Kenny’s BBQ caters private events and festivals as well as participates in competitions sanctioned by the Florida Barbecue Association and the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Kenny and Mike cite their Missouri roots in the flavors that they impart into their BBQ.
A few weeks ago, Kenny reached out to me and asked if I would like to try out his sauces. We agreed that I would do reviews of his sauces, and about a week later I received a package containing a bottle of each of the sauces — Original, Mustard, and Spicy. I love food that has a kick to it, so I decided tonight was the night for the Spicy BBQ Sauce.
With all new sauces and rubs that I try, I always take a sample of it as it stands prior to being used on any food. I spooned some of the sauce out on to a plate to get a good look at it.
The sauce is a thick sauce with a tomato and molasses base, which is classic of Kansas City styled sauces. It has a dark red color with specks of black pepper evenly distributed throughout.
I took a brief smell of the sauce and definitely obtained the molasses and black pepper flavors. It was not an overly sugary or sweet smell. Then I took a taste. I immediately noticed the sweetness from the molasses followed by the spiciness from the black pepper. As the black pepper flavors hit my palate, the back heat started to come into play. It was definitely noticeable, yet the heat did not overpower the sauce or throw off the balance of the flavors. I was very pleased and looking forward to trying it with my meal.
As I mentioned earlier, tonight’s meal ended up being burgers. I’m not sure if others are like this, but my wife and I enjoy burgers that are basted with BBQ sauce 5-10 minutes prior to coming off the grill. So tonight’s burgers got basted with the spicy BBQ sauce twice — once 10 minutes prior to being pulled off the grill, and once 5 minutes prior. The burgers had a nice dark red color from the sauce, and the sauce did not overpower the burgers. Rather, it worked in harmony with the other flavors in the burger. I would have taken pictures, but quite frankly… my wife and I were hungry and there was no time! Based on the way the sauce worked with the burgers, I have a good hunch that it’d work quite nicely with a rack of ribs.
In conclusion… if you like your sauces with some spice and kick, then you will love the Spicy BBQ Sauce from Uncle Kenny’s BBQ. The sauces are all available for purchase online, and there are a few brick-and-mortar retailers where they are available as well.
Website for Uncle Kenny’s BBQ: http://www.unclekennysbbq.com.
I had some requests for burger porn. Luckily, I had some leftover burgers from last night. I reheated them and gave them another dosage of the spicy Uncle Kenny’s BBQ Sauce. So here you go!