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Review: Spicy BBQ Sauce from Uncle Kenny’s BBQ

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!

Spicy BBQ Sauce from Uncle Kenny's BBQ

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.

Naked Observations

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.

Uncle Kenny's Spicy BBQ Sauce Appearance

Uncle Kenny's Spicy BBQ Sauce Appearance

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.

Food Observations

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.

UPDATE:

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!

Naked shot!

Naked shot!

All dressed up!

All dressed up!

Inside goodness!

Inside goodness!

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Makin’ Burgers with the Burger Pocket Press

My apologies for having been away for a while.  Real life tends to do that every now and then.  Since I actually got home from work tonight at a semi-reasonable hour (read: not after 11pm), I decided to fire up the grill for some burgers.  However, I did not intend to grill just any old plain burgers.  Oh no…  tonight was time to break out the Burger Pocket Press!

Burger Pocket Press Box

Burger Pocket Press Box

The Burger Pocket Press was invented by Michael Ajakie, a south Florida-based business owner, to solve the problem of inconsistent and fragile stuffed burgers.  It advertises the ability to create new burger recipes by sealing toppings on the inside in order to maximize flavor.

Burger Pocket Press Box Contents

Burger Pocket Press Box Contents

The Burger Pocket Press consists of four pieces — the bowl, the ring, the flat press, and the pocket press (all of which are dishwasher-safe).  Also included is a pamphlet that contains instructions for using the press along with a couple of recipes.  More recipes are available on the Burger Pocket Press website.

After washing the parts, it’s time to make some burgers!  I decided on a jalapeño cheddar burger using bacon cheddar cheese.  The directions to form a stuffed burger using the Burger Pocket Press are as follows:

  • Form the cap of the burger.
  • Form the burger pocket.
  • Add toppings to the burger pocket.
  • Seal the pocket.

I purchased 2 lbs of 80/20 ground beef for this experiment.  Let’s face it…  using lean ground beef for a burger is just blasphemous!  I made two 1/2 lb burgers tonight — one for me, and one for my wife.  Forming the cap was as simple as taking about 2  – 3 ounces of ground beef, placing it into the ring, and pressing it flat using the flat press.  To form the pocket, I took the remaining 5 – 6 ounces of ground beef allotted, placed it in the bowl, and pressed it using the pocket press.

Jalapeño and Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Burger in the Making

Jalapeño and Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Burger in the Making

One of the key points in the provided instructions is that you do not need to overstuff your burger.  Heeding that warning, I was a little conservative in the amount of goodies I put inside the pocket.  After I had put what I thought was a sufficient amount of stuff inside the pocket, I sealed off the top of the pocket with the patty I previously formed.  The seal was fairly well formed.  However, I did do some manual forming of the burger to ensure the seal was complete.  Doing so was not a big deal at all.  You can see the results below.

First burger is done!

First burger is done!

Looking good so far?  I thought so too.  For burger #2, I decided to go a little more liberal with the amount of stuffing.  As a result, the seal was not quite as complete, leaving a little bit of cheese exposed.

Both Burgers ready to go!

Both Burgers ready to go!

And off to the grill!

Burgers on the Grill

Burgers on the Grill

Burger Close-up Goodness!

Burger Close-up Goodness!

After approximately fifteen minutes over direct heat, I moved the burgers to indirect heat and basted the burgers with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce.  After another 10-15 minutes on the grill (these were big burgers, after all), I pulled them off.

Finished Products

Finished Products

In the picture above, the burger on the left was the one I overstuffed, while the burger on the right was the more conservatively-stuffed burger.  You can see that the seal on the left was not as thorough as the one on the right, but there was still some instance of cheesy gooey-ness from both burgers.  When I saw what it looked like on the bun, I just had to dub it the “Hot-n-Nasty!”

Hot-n-Nasty Close-Up

Hot-n-Nasty Close-Up

It didn’t quite seal like I had hoped, but I’m attributing that to using too much filler.  But wow, it was tasty!  If I had to pick one thing that I wish the Burger Pocket Press did a little bit better, I would say that a little deeper pocket press would be nice.  Overall, though, I was very pleased with the product.

If you are interested in purchasing the Burger Pocket Press, you can do so by calling 888-533-3318 or visiting http://www.burgerpocketpress.com.  If you are interested, you can also find Burger Pocket Press on Facebook and Twitter.

(Full Disclosure: I was sent the Burger Pocket Press in exchange for a review.)