Wednesday, September 26, 2007

REVIEW: Winningham's Barbeque Sauce

Winningham’s Barbeque Sauce (Spicy)

Manufacturer Winningham’s Meats

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Quality *** (3 out of 5)
Viscousness **** (4 out of 5)
Heat * (1 out of 5)
Appearance **** (4 out of 5)

It seems that Winningham’s is a small manufacturer from Ridgeville, South Carolina. They produce a mustard vinegar sauce in a 32 oz plastic bottle. This was purchased in a roadside store on a trip from NY to Florida. In addition to the ‘spicy’ version that I am reviewing, they also sell a ‘mild’ sauce.

As you can see from the rating above, I gave the sauce a 3 out of 5. Unfortunately I have to be ‘universal’ in my evaluation. Used on pork products this sauce is excellent; easily a 4 out of 5. When used on chicken it is a bit overpowering. On brisket or ribs I would consider it better than average.

What is odd is that the ‘overpowering’ aspect of the sauce is not from the ‘heat’, which you might expect from a sauce sold as spicy. I found that the sauce was too sweet and a little cloying when used on chicken. The heat was almost non-existent.

The thickness of the sauce was exactly what you would like to see in a mustard based sauce. The ingredients blended nicely, the sauce wasn’t watery and it adhered to the meats well. The appearance was also exactly what you would want. The sauce had a nice mustard color that retained its hue through cooking.

I would like to state that although the sauce would be too strong on bbq chicken, it would work very well as a dipping sauce for chicken products such as wings or chicken fingers.