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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!

Review: Country Chef Mustard Grilling Sauce

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As you may recall, I recently reviewed two of the six sauces in the Country Chef Grilling Sauce line.  Today’s review is the third sauce in the Country Chef Grilling Sauce line — mustard.

Country Chef Mustard Grilling Sauce

Country Chef Mustard Grilling Sauce

To refresh you, Country Chef Grilling Sauces are the brainchild of Mike Espey.  They are heart-healthy sauces with no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or colors, or MSG.

Naked Observations

Looking at the packaging, the jar gives me that home-made impression.  The initial scent reinforces the freshness portrayed in the packaging.  The sauce pours out thick, and the texture is uneven with the fresh ingredients that are used.  It is a golden color.

Sauce Swatch -- Country Chef Mustard Grilling Sauce

Sauce Swatch -- Country Chef Mustard Grilling Sauce

When taking a taste, the theme for this sauce is very similar to the other 2 sauces I’ve tried — an emphasis in fresh ingredients.  There was a flavor of mustard on the back end, but it was more of a sweet honey mustard flavor rather than a traditional mustard.

To the Meat of the Matter

For this test run, I decided to use the sauce as a condiment on a pulled pork sandwich.  The pulled pork was courtesy of a company BBQ.

Mustard grilling sauce on a pulled pork sandwich

Mustard grilling sauce on a pulled pork sandwich

Like the other Country Chef Grilling Sauces I’ve reviewed, the mustard sauce does not add an extraordinary amount of flavor.  However, it brings out the other flavors that are present in the pork while making it all seem just a bit more fresh!  The mustard flavor was just barely noticeable, but not in a bad way.

I could not find a website for Country Chef Grilling Sauce, but they do have a presence on Facebook.

Review: Country Chef Grilling Sauces

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I have tried many sauces that, when I taste them, unequivocally fall within a specific genre of sauce (and often do a great job of it too).  Then there are those sauces that defy being labeled as a certain type.  Today I present to you 2 of the Country Chef Grilling Sauces.

Country Chef Grilling Sauces (Original on left, Chipotle on right)

Country Chef Grilling Sauces (Original on left, Chipotle on right)

Mike Espey, the brains behind the Country Chef Grilling Sauces, touts the way that his sauces go beyond the traditional BBQ sauce. His sauces can be used as a traditional BBQ sauce, as a grilling sauce, as a dipping sauce, and even as a marinade.

He has six different sauces available, but today’s review focuses on two of those sauces — original and chipotle.  Now… on to the sauces!

Naked Observations

The first thing I noticed about these sauces is they come in a canning style jar instead of the traditional sauce bottle.  This lends credence to the feel of a home-style sauce.  I opened each of the sauces to take a sniff, and both of the sauces smelled absolutely fresh, as if the ingredients in the sauce literally came out of my garden just moments ago!

The sauces

The sauces (original on left, chipotle on right)

Both of the sauces are similar in color.  They both have an irregular texture that is indicative of fresh ingredients.  A taste of each of the sauces confirms that freshness and homemade taste.  The chipotle sauce has a touch of smoky flavor from the chipotle peppers used as well as some back heat in the sauce.

To the Meat of the Matter

As I see this as an non-traditional sauce, I decided to use it in a little different manner.  Normally I would use a sauce in the last minutes of grilling a meat.  However, I decided to take one of Mike’s recommendations and use the sauces as dipping sauces.  I had some leftover rotisserie chicken that I re-heated and wrapped in a spinach wrap.

Chicken wrap and the sauces (original on left, chipotle on right)

Chicken wrap and the sauces (original on left, chipotle on right)

When used as a dipping sauce, the flavors of the meat really sparkled and stood out!  The flavors were absolutely fresh and did not weigh down the food at all.  The chipotle sauce added an extra smoky and heat element to the chicken wrap.

I highly recommend these two sauces for use as a dipping sauce.  They would also work great on chicken and pork as well.