Saturday, January 19, 2008

REVIEW: Jack Daniels Spicy BBQ Sauce

Jack Daniel’s Spicy Original BBQ Sauce



Quality ** (2 out of 5)
Viscosity ***** (5out of 5)
Whiskey Flavor ** (2 out of 5)
Spiciness * (1 out of 5)
Appearance *** (3 out of 5)

This sauce was used with brisket and ribs that were cooked low and slow over cherry wood.

Let me give you a bit of context. I like spicy food. I really, really like spicy food. When I ask for food to be spicy, I’m usually disappointed. When I buy something that is labeled as ‘spicy’, I’m usually disappointed. When I try food that others consider ‘hot’, I’m usually disappointed. Unfortunately, the disappointment trend continued with this sauce. It is not spicy.

This is one of the sauces in the Jack Daniels line, licensed by Heinz. As such, I would expect the sauce to have a recognizable whiskey flavor. The influence of whiskey is very, very subtle. It is odd that I find that as a problem, as our recent review of Sauza tequila flavored BBQ sauce had exactly the opposite problem, where the tequila overpowered the palette.

So, this spicy, whiskey sauce is neither spicy nor whiskey flavored. What is it? It’s a standard, commercial sauce with a subtle flavoring offering just enough spice and just enough Jack flavor to entice you to make your own.

The color is a very dark red and the bottle is plastic. The 18 ounce bottle has an open mouth (as opposed to a plastic cap with a smaller opening like most squeeze bottles). The sauce can be found at most grocery stores and retails for under $3.50.

Overall, a disappointment.