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Holy Barbecue Chicken, Batman!!

I had chicken thighs.  I had BBQ sauce.  Lots of BBQ sauce.  And I have a Weber kettle.  Let’s cook some chicken!!

Bok bok bok!

Bok bok bok!

As you can see above, I took a value pack of chicken thighs and trimmed them up just a little bit.  I then seasoned the thighs both under the skin and on the skin with Draper’s BBQ A.P. Rub.

Seasoned Thighs

Seasoned Thighs

On to the grill they go!!  They were cooked skin-side down for about 5-10 minutes, then they were flipped and sauced.  Because this was a test cook for me, I ended up using several sauces.

Sam Dog Yellow Dog & Johnny Harris Carolina Style

Sam Dog Yellow Dog & Johnny Harris Carolina Style

Texas Tamale Co. Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce and Famous Dave's Devil's Spit

Texas Tamale Co. Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce and Famous Dave's Devil's Spit

Instead of my normal breakdown of individual sauces, I decided to do a foursome for this week in one post.  I’ll keep it short and simple for summarizing each sauce.

Johnny Harris Carolina Style Bar-B-Cue Sauce

Johnny Harris Carolina Style Bar-B-Cue Sauce

First up is Johnny Harris Carolina Style Bar-B-Cue Sauce from Savannah, GA.  As you can see from the picture above, the sauce has a yellowish gold color to it. A naked taste reminded me of a pale spicy mustard.  It didn’t really wow me.  It did just okay on chicken.  Again, nothing overly amazing.  But if you like a safe mustard based sauce, you may like this.

Texas Tamale Co. Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

Texas Tamale Co. Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

Next up is Texas Tamale Company Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce.  This sauce had a nice dark red color.  The flavors in the sauce emphasize savory more than sweet.  This could be a very versatile sauce, and I could really see this as an ingredient in someone’s prize-winning chili recipe!  Works great as a condiment too.

Famous Dave's Devil's Spit BBQ Sauce

Famous Dave's Devil's Spit BBQ Sauce

The next sauce is Famous Dave’s Devil’s Spit BBQ Sauce.  Just by looking at the label, you can venture a guess that this sauce has some heat to it.  And it certainly does not disappoint!  The sauce has flavors of molasses and pepper on the front end, and the heat comes up on the back end.  It’s potent, so if you’re averse to sauces with heat, you’ll want to avoid this one.  And when it’s cooked, the heat is even sneakier.

Sam Dog Yellow Dog BBQ Sauce

Sam Dog Yellow Dog BBQ Sauce

The final sauce is one that I have previously reviewed but decided to have again.  This sauce is Sam Dog Yellow Dog Barbecue Sauce.  This sauce won 1st place at the 2011 National Barbecue Association Awards of Excellence, and it’s very obvious why!  This sauce is a perfect blend of sweet, mustard, buttery, and rich flavors.  You would almost never guess that this was a mustard-based sauce.

Since this is my first time reviewing sauces using this format, I’d love to hear your feedback.  Do you like this style?  Or do you like seeing your sauces reviewed one at a time?  Let me know!

Review: Country Chef Honey Grilling Sauce

I’m a firm believer in Mike Espey’s line of Country Chef Grilling Sauces.  They stand out from other sauces because they really emphasize freshness in their flavor profiles.  I’ve done a couple of reviews on this line of sauces which you can view here and here.  Today let’s check out the Country Chef Honey Grilling Sauce.

NAKED OBSERVATIONS

The sauce pours out very thick, and you immediately notice the different spices and ingredients.  This holds true to how Mike constructs his sauces, emphasizing the freshness of the ingredients.  The color is consistent with a homemade tomato sauce, which works in the context that he is presenting the sauce.

I took a taste, and this sauce holds true with the other sauces in this line that I’ve tried so far.  This is a very non-traditional sauce in terms of consistency and taste, but it is very pleasant.  Again, it tastes very FRESH!  I could taste a very faint touch of honey, but it does not overpower everything else going on in the sauce.

TO THE MEAT OF THE MATTER

Yep… it’s that blasted chicken again.  This is the third and final sauce I used in the big test cook I performed over the weekend.  I trimmed up six chicken thighs and seasoned them with chicken rub from Bandiola Spice Co.  After grilling the thighs for 10 minutes skin-side down, I flipped them and sauced them.  The thighs using the Country Chef Honey Grilling Sauce are the two to the left of the mustard.

After about 20 additional minutes on the grill, I pulled them off the Weber kettle and plated.  While they were resting, I decided to grab a quick picture.

When I took a bite of the chicken, my taste buds started dancing in my mouth and jumping for joy.  The sauce really enhanced the flavors that were already present in the chicken.  The honey was more prevalent after cooking on the chicken than when tasting alone.  All in all, an excellent sauce!

You can find Country Chef Grilling sauce on Facebook.  I’m not sure if there is a website yet for this line of sauce, but you can connect with Mike on the Facebook page.  As far as I can tell, you can purchase six jars of sauce for $35.94 shipped to anywhere in the US.  This comes out to be $3.50 per jar plus shipping, which is a great deal!

The Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen: It is That Fast

If you are heavily involved in the food or BBQ industry, you know of the Thermapen.  If you don’t know of it, you should.  And let me be the person to introduce the Thermapen to you.  I want to give a big thank you to Jesse Black from ThermoWorks for sending me a Thermapen to review.

But First, About Thermoworks…

ThermoWorks, the company behind the Thermapen, is located just south of Salt Lake City, Utah.  The company’s focus is all things thermal and temperature related.  Whether it’s thermometers, sensors, or even calibration equipment, you can find ThermoWorks as an industry leader.  You can find their equipment not only in the food service industry, but also in other sectors such as pharmaceuticals, plastics and rubber, and road construction and repair.

Thermapen Physical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 6.1 in. long, 1.85 in. wide, 0.75 in. wide
  • Weight: 4 oz.
  • Probe Length: 4.5 in. long
  • Uses 2 CR2032 lithium coin cell batteries (can be found at most retail department stores)
  • Estimated battery life: 1,500 hrs.

The Story Behind the Colors

Big Wayner, you ask, why are there so many different colors available?  Well, I can answer that from you (with help from the product page for the Thermapen).  Once upon a time, you could order any color Thermapen as long as it was gray. ThermoWorks then decided to add the following colors to correspond with color coding used by many in the food service industry to assist in preventing cross-contamination:

  • Red — Raw beef & pork
  • Blue — Raw seafood
  • Yellow — Raw poultry
  • Brown — Cooked meats
  • Green — Produce
  • White — Dairy/Bakery items

In 2006, ThermoWorks added black and orange as available colors.  Purple and pink came along sometime later, and that is how the color choices came to be what they are today.  (Picture below is courtesy of Thermoworks)

Available Thermapen colors

Impressions

Before I even start to tell about my experience using this tool, I have to say I was already impressed.  On the back part of the packaging that lists out the specifications, there was a hand-written section outlining that the particular unit I had was calibrated at 32 degrees Fahrenheit and 212 degrees Fahrenheit on September 29th.

This past weekend, I took the opportunity to cook up some chicken thighs to try out a few sauces in my arsenal.  As everyone knows, it’s very important to make sure that chicken is properly cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit (as recommended by the USDA).  So this was the perfect opportunity to try out the Thermapen!

When I thought the chicken thighs were done, I pulled them off the grill, took them in, and decided to check the internal temperature using the Thermapen.  The first thing I immediately noticed: it was really fast!  I had an accurate reading of internal temperature in 2-3 seconds (much closer to 2).  In all things grilling and BBQ, this short amount of time usually means not drastically losing cooker temperature when on a tight schedule.

It was seriously easy to use — just flip open the probe to turn on the thermometer, and flip the probe closed to turn it off.

The only thing that I would suggest as an improvement for this tool is to make the LCD screen backlit for viewing temperatures in the dark.  And I’m not the only one to echo this sentiment.

Conclusions

I overwhelmingly endorse the Thermapen as the standard for measuring food temperatures.  The guys at ThermoWorks take their craft seriously, and it shows in the quality product they have here.  While you may be able to purchase other thermometers at a lower price, you will not find the same quality in those that you will find in a Thermapen.  It will make the perfect Christmas gift for the griller or BBQ pitmaster in your family!

If you are interested in finding out more about the Thermapen, you can go to its product page on the ThermoWorks website.  Right now ThermoWorks has prices reduced by $9 on the Thermapen, from $96 to $89.

And for the record, black is the fastest Thermapen…  😉

Review: Doomer’s Hot & Spicy “Q” Sauce

Not too long ago, I did a review on Doomer’s Original “Q” Sauce.  When Todd sent me this sauce to review, he also sent his other two sauces — Dark and Hot & Spicy.  Today you’ll see what I think about his Hot & Spicy Sauce.

Naked Observations

Like the original Q sauce, Doomer’s Hot & Spicy “Q” sauce pours out not quite as thick as a typical Kansas City style sauce.  However, it’s a bit thicker than a pure vinegar-based sauce.  It has a nice dark red color.  You can also see specks of pepper and other spices in the sauce.

Sauce Swatch

Sauce Swatch

When I tasted the sauce, I again got the contrasting flavors of sweet and tangy working together.  The black pepper was definitely present and on the forefront.  However, unlike the original sauce, there was some noticeable back heat.  It was not terribly overpowering, but I definitely knew it was there.

To the Meat of the Matter

I actually tried this sauce in a couple of different manners.  The first was about a week or so ago.  I picked up a BBQ pork sandwich and some mac & cheese from Rock Store BBQ and brought it home.  I used Doomer’s Hot & Spicy Q Sauce on there.  In this picture, you get a better feel of the consistency and thickness of the sauce.

The sauce worked nicely on the sandwich.  It blended down into the meat, thus allowing some of the flavor to be distributed more.  The heat was noticeable but not overly prevalent.  Again, I definitely tasted pepper.

The second time to use this sauce was on some chicken thighs as part of a cook to try out multiple sauces.  I took some chicken thighs, trimmed them up some, and seasoned them with chicken rub from Bandiola Spice Co.

The thighs are then put on the Weber kettle grill skin-side down for 10 minutes (using Kingsford charcoal and wine-infused oak from Greenleaf BBQ).  Afterwards, I flipped the thighs and sauced them.  The thighs sauced with Doomer’s Hot & Spicy Q sauce are the two that are to the left of the ones sauced with the mustard-based sauce.

After about 20 more minutes on the grill, I pull them off the grill and plate them.  And I have to admit… I really, REALLY liked the look of the thighs with the Doomer’s Hot & Spicy Q Sauce.

I was very pleased with how these thighs turned out.  They had a great color.  The meat was very moist and tasty.  There was a little bit of heat, but nothing overly overpowering.  All in all, a nice flavor.

If you are interested in finding out more about Doomer’s Hot & Spicy “Q” Sauce or about any of the other sauces, you can go to http://www.doomersonline.com.  You can also find Doomer’s on Facebook and Twitter.

KLB’s “That’s Good Mustard” BBQ Sauce

A couple of months ago I won a bottle of KLB’s “That’s Good Mustard” BBQ Sauce in a Twitter giveaway.  I finally had the chance to do a big product test cook this past weekend, so let’s take a look at this mustard sauce from South Carolina!

KLB's "That's Good Mustard" BBQ Sauce

KLB's "That's Good Mustard" BBQ Sauce

The BBQ sauce is the creation of Kevin Bobo.  As a lot of you may know, a good portion of South Carolina is known for their mustard-based BBQ sauce, and Kevin’s creation embodies that style.  The sauce claims to work on virtually any meat — chicken, pork, beef, venison, even mahi mahi!

Naked Observations

The sauce comes in a 17 oz. bottle, so you definitely get your money’s worth from the bottle.  It is a golden color, leaning more towards yellow that some other mustard-based BBQ sauces I have used.  It pours out nice and thick, and you can easily see the various herbs and spices that are used throughout the sauce.

Sauce Swatch

Sauce Swatch

When I took a taste of the sauce, there was no doubt whatsoever that this was a mustard-based sauce.  This sauce is really bold by itself.  The mustard is predominant, but it isn’t completely mustard.  The other spices help mellow out the sauce and take a little bit of the “zip” out of the sauce.

To the Meat of the Matter

Chicken.  Lots of chicken.  With my wife being out of town for the evening, I decided to do a product review test cook.  Overall, I ended up using 6 chicken thighs and used 3 different sauces on the meat.  The thighs were trimmed and seasoned with chicken seasoning from Bandiola Spice Co.

Chicken Thighs seasoned with Bandiola Spice Chicken Rub

Chicken Thighs seasoned with Bandiola Spice Chicken Rub

The thighs went on the 18 1/2″ Weber kettle grill where I grilled them for 10 minutes skin-side down.  Then I turned them and applied the sauce.  As you can see in the picture below, I reviewed three different sauces.  You can probably guess which ones had the mustard-based sauce.

Thighs on the grill

Thighs on the grill

Twenty minutes later, I pulled the thighs off of the grill and let them sit for between 5 and 10 minutes.  You can see below how the color of the sauce darkened some, and it looked quite nice on the meat.

Yummy thighs

Yummy thighs

I took a bite, and it was simply amazing!  The mustard flavor blended perfectly into the chicken.  No one particular spice overpowered another, and everything worked in perfect harmony.  This sauce is the real deal!

The “That’s Good Mustard” BBQ Sauce can be ordered for $4.99 plus shipping from the company’s website (KLBFoods) at http://www.klbinc.ws/KLBs_BBQ_Sauce.  If you are in the Charleston area, you can find this sauce at a few local retailers.

Review: Dead End BBQ, Knoxville, TN

For our return trip from Lynchburg, Jay Prince and I ended up travelling through Knoxville, TN.  Naturally, I sent out a tweet asking if anyone had any recommendations for good BBQ in Knoxville.  Within 5 minutes or so, I got a response giving me a place to try out.  So we made a beeline for Dead End BBQ in Knoxville, TN.

At the end of a dead-end street, a group of neighbors gathered to hone and perfect the art of barbecue.  From this group the Dead End Society was formed.  Owners George Ewart and Robert Nutt continued to hone their craft in the dead end as well as on the competition BBQ circuit, and the end result was Dead End BBQ located on Sutherland Ave. in Knoxville, TN!

The restaurant was very neat and clean when we walked in.  The kitchen is partially open, but the area where the smoker is located and the meat prepared is completely transparent and behind a glass window.  The walls are decorated with memorabilia from the area, and some of the walls contain relevant quotes from famous people in the world of BBQ.

I decided to go with a combination plate of pork and brisket with pimento mac & cheese and beans & smoked sausage.  While waiting for my order, I found that Dead End BBQ offers three different sauces, each varying in levels of heat from a mild sauce to a hot sauce.

After about 5-10 minutes, my order arrived, and I have to admit that the food sure did look tasty!  I couldn’t wait to dig in!

Both the pork and beef brisket had an excellent flavor, and I could tell that this was some serious ‘que.  The only drawback was that it was slightly dry.  Saucing the pork definitely helped.  I tried all three of the sauces with pork (because I just can’t bring myself to voluntarily sauce brisket).  All three of the sauces were excellent.  The mild sauce was sweet and reminded me of a sauce made from beer or some other alcoholic beverage (maybe rum or whiskey).   The medium sauce, my personal favorite, added a touch of heat on the back end to let you know that it was there.  The hot sauce packed more heat and flavor into its punch.

The sides were excellent!  The mac & cheese was a very tasty and rich mac & cheese.  The beans and smoked sausage — wow!  I could have made an entire meal off of a large bowl of that!  It was a perfect blend of proteins that complemented each other very well.

The price point was right about where I expected for a combination platter, so it wasn’t insanely expensive.  I think the guys who run this place definitely have a good thing going on with Dead End BBQ.  I just happened to get some meat that was a little dry, but I won’t let that stop me from recommending this place.

Dead End BBQ is located at 3621 Sutherland Ave., Knoxville, TN 37919.  You can find their website at http://www.deadendbbq.com, and you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Checking out The SKrAPr GrILLr, Plus a Contest

Sometime back, I started hearing about this new BBQ & grill cleaning tool on Twitter.  Not too long after, Annette Penney — director of social media marketing for The SKrAPr — contacted me and asked if I would be interested in trying out this tool.  I’m always looking to try out new tools and gadgets, so how could I refuse?  So ladies and gentlemen, I present to you The SKrAPr GrILLr!

The SKrAPr GrILLr

The SKrAPr GrILLr

The BBQ tool is about 8 1/2 inches long from the handle to the farthest tip of the blade.  The blade itself is just over 2 inches long, and as you can see, each side of the blade is notched with one side of the blade coming to a hard point.  The package also came with a GrILLr Jr., a minature all-metal version of the tool that is sized to fit on a keychain.

I can hear some people asking, “Why should I replace my grill brush with this?”  And the answer is, you shouldn’t.  This tool is not meant to replace your grill brush.  It’s intended to complement the grill brush by giving you a durable blade to help remove that crud from your grill grates that is insanely hard to remove.  As you can see in the pictures below, the notched sides come in really handy when cleaning those tight spots.

Using the notches

Using the notch to clean

The result that I found in using this tool is that it’s a great supplement to a grill brush.  The notched edges really allowed me to get in the nooks and crannies of the grill.  One thing that I will note is that the tool is meant to be used on a cold grill.

The website for The SKrAPr line of products is http://www.theskrapr.com.  You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.  A huge thank you goes to Annette Penney for reaching out to me and asking me to try out this tool.

Like this product so far?  I have an extra GrILLr that I will be giving away!  Just leave me a comment below.  You can tell me why you deserve to win this prize, you can tell me a funny joke…  heck, you can even beg!  I’ll pick a winner at random.  Contest ends Saturday at 11:59pm EST.

Doomer’s Q Sauce — Doing it Maryland Style

When Todd “Doomer” Dooms offered to let me review his sauce, Doomer’s Q Sauce, I decided to do a little research.  The reoccurring theme I kept seeing over and over and over again was “Maryland style”.  What exactly is Maryland style?  Let’s find out, shall we…

Doomer's Q Sauce -- Original

Doomer's Q Sauce -- Original

Todd developed his original sauce in 2005, and it was an instant hit among family and friends.  When one of his friends asked to fill up a squeeze bottle with his sauce, that’s when he knew he had a marketable product on his hands.  Soon after, he added a Hot and Spicy flavor as well as a Dark flavor to his line of sauces.

The quality that Dooms talks about the most in his sauces is their versatility.  He admits to making his sauces thinner than a normal sauce so that it can be used as an injection, cooking sauce, dipping sauce, and much more.

Okay, enough talking… let’s eat!

Naked Observations

As I poured out the sauce, I definitely noticed that it was a bit thinner than a traditional Kansas City style sauce yet not as thin as a vinegar-based sauce.  It has a very nice dark red color to it, and in the photo below you can see there are plenty of spices evenly distributed throughout the sauce.

Sauce Swatch

Sauce Swatch

So I decided to take a test.  At this point I find out exactly what he means by “Maryland style”.  It’s balance.  There is a definite trio of sweet, tangy, and peppery at work here in this sauce.  None of the predominant flavor profiles completely overwhelms the others, but I definitely noticed the peppery flavors the most.  This is not a bad thing, in my opinion.

To the Meat of the Matter

I decided to put this sauce to test in two scenarios — as a finishing sauce and as a condiment.  The first test — burgers.  Nice, juicy burgers.

Mmmmm burger...

Mmmmm burger...

Burger Porn

Burger Porn

Grilled up some burgers using 80/20 ground beef.  In the last five minutes, I sauced the burgers very liberally with Doomer’s Q Sauce.

Saucy Burger Porn

Saucy Burger Porn

The sauce gave the burgers a nice reddish tint to the meat.  Upon a taste test, I found that the sauce did not apply a lot of sweetness to the burger, but blended in quite nicely.  Juicy and savory, I decided to eat two of them that night.  Sorry, no photographic evidence.  But I promise I did!

The second test — the condiment test.  I had some leftover pulled pork in the freezer, and I decided (and by me, I mean my wife) to make some pulled pork sandwiches.

Pulled Pork with Doomer's Q Sauce

Pulled Pork with Doomer's Q Sauce

As you can see, the sauce is thin enough to somewhat penetrate the meat, but thick enough to still remain on top.  The tangy and sweet worked well with the pork, but it was the peppery flavor profiles that stood out to me the most.  Very nice!!

If this is Maryland style BBQ at a glance, I can definitely become a fan!

You can find Doomer’s Q Sauce online at http://www.doomersonline.com.  You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter.

Why worry when you have Chicken Insurance??

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Chicken Insurance.  The name certainly catches my attention!  Anytime you see a product that uses Insurance as part of its name (which now I think about it… I think this may be the first for me), it had sure better be good.  Does Chicken Insurance marinade from Easy Peasy Foods live up to the challenge?  Read on…

Chicken Insurance

Chicken Insurance

The man behind Chicken Insurance is the founder of Easy Peasy Foods, David Moncur.  Moncur got tired of using the same old Italian dressing to marinade chicken, so he made his own.  Both the Chicken Insurance marinade and Barbecue Insurance BBQ sauce both make the claim of 100% natural ingredients.  Now on to see if the Chicken Insurance can back its claim or if it’s just a “junk policy”…

Naked Observations

The marinade is an oil-based marinade with a dark color.  When pouring it out, you can see visible bits and pieces of (what I presume to be) garlic distributed throughout the marinade.  So make sure to give the bottle a good shake before each use!

The marinade

The marinade

I took a small taste (yes… I went there) and found that it had a definite Asian influence in the use of soy sauce. There were also other flavors in the marinade (such as garlic and sugar) to balance out the flavor profile of the marinade so that it’s not just “soy sauce”.  All in all, I was very pleased with the marinade’s taste and looked forward to using it.

To the Meat of the Matter

I have to confess to something here — I am totally stupid when it comes to cooking bone-in chicken breasts on the grill.  Boneless skinless chicken breasts are what I’m used to cooking.  Having said that, I decided to use the marinade on a bone-in chicken breast.  So in goes the marinade and chicken into a Ziploc bag and straight into the refrigerator.  Note: the label on the bottle says that one bottle is good for 2 1/2 lbs of chicken.  I used a little over half of the bottle for the marinade.

Applying the Chicken Insurance to the Chicken

Applying the Chicken Insurance to the Chicken

After about an hour later (after my wife and I returned from going on a walk), I pre-heated the trusty gas grill into two different heat zones — high heat and low heat.  I followed the method outlined for cooking split chicken breasts on GrillingCompanion.com.

Cookin' that chicken!

Cookin' that chicken!

After grilling the breast skin-side down for 4-5 minutes, I go to flip the chicken when I suddenly have a revelation: that was an oil-based marinade I just used.  Oops.  Luckily for me, the skin was not too burned.  Actually turned out quite tasty!

Other side

Other side

It ended up taking about 40-45 minutes to complete the cooking process, mainly because I kept the meat off of the high heat zone for the majority of the time.  While waiting for the chicken to finish cooking, I decide to use the leftover marinade as a sort of “mopping sauce” for the chicken to keep it moist.  Turned out to be a good move.

The finished chicken

The finished chicken

Same chicken, different angle

Same chicken, different angle

And the verdict: that was some really moist chicken!!  The marinade gave it a beautiful color.  The soy sauce flavor was present, but only as a background participant.  This marinade really did give the chicken an excellent flavor!  And it also functions quite nicely as a mop sauce for chicken if you decide to forego a BBQ sauce.

You can find Easy Peasy Foods online at http://www.easypeasyfoods.com where you can buy both their Chicken Insurance marinade and Barbecue Insurance BBQ Sauce online.  Easy Peasy Foods can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Dimples BBQ Sauce Makes Me Smile!

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After reading a review done by my good friend and colleague Wilfred Reinke (aka the Oshawa Ogre) on this sauce, I knew I had to give it a shot for a couple of reasons.  First off, Dimples BBQ Sauce is a North Carolina product, and I’m always game for trying local products.  Second, if it gets a great review from the Oshawa Ogre, then I’m more eager to try it!

A few weeks ago, Dimples BBQ Sauce ran a contest on Facebook giving away a bottle of sauce.  While I did not win the contest, Rich from Dimples was gracious enough to send me a bottle to review.  I finally got a chance to try it out tonight.

Dimples BBQ Sauce

Dimples BBQ Sauce

A little bit on Dimples — the sauce is the brain child of Rich Campana of Raleigh, NC.  Like all good sauces, Dimples got its start from hearing people say over and over that they should sell the sauce.

Naked Observations

The sauce has a nice, smooth texture.  There’s not much in the way of spices or pepper flakes visibly present in the sauce.  Thickness is good… not too thin, but not so thick that it’s hard to pour out of the bottle.

Sauce Swatch

Sauce Swatch

So like I do with all sauces, I take a taste.  WOW!  This sauce has a great flavor!  It’s a great sweet and smoky sauce.  Not a lot of heat on this sauce.  All in all, my taste buds were jumping for joy, and I was looking forward to how it’d work on some meat.

To the Meat of the Matter

My wife pulled out some leftover pulled pork out of the freezer from a cook I did a couple of weekends ago.  So it was time for some pulled pork sandwiches!

Sandwich with Dimples BBQ Sauce

Sandwich with Dimples BBQ Sauce

Close-up of Saucy Goodness

Close-up of Saucy Goodness

The sauce blended very very well with the pork!  The flavors complemented the pork in a beautiful blend of BBQ harmony.  I could use this sauce with just about everything — especially a nice rack of ribs!!

This is a sauce that I wholeheartedly recommend with no reservations whatsoever!  Rich, if you’re reading this… I can’t wait for you to get your product into the Charlotte market!

Dimples BBQ Sauce can be found online at http://www.dimplesbbqsauce.com.  You can also find them on Facebook.