Friday, January 11, 2008

REVIEW: Sauza BBQ Sauce

Sauza Flavored Savory Blend BBQ Sauce

Shonfeld’s Inc.

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Quality ** (2 out of 5)
Viscosity ***** (5out of 5)
Tequila Flavor **** (4 out of 5)
Appearance **** (4 out of 5)

This sauce was used with pulled pork that was slow cooked at 225 degrees over oak. It was used as a dipping sauce, in the pork and on a sandwich with a Kaiser roll. It was also tried as a dipping sauce for broiled chicken breast.

This sauce, as with the next sauce I’ll be reviewing, was tested by John Cantwell, Will Breakstone and myself. John is a sommelier and the owner of Taste Bistro, one of Long Island’s top ten restaurants and Will is the owner of Willie B’s, Long Island’s premier BBQ joint.

This sauce is a specialty item and needs to be judged as such. I would never consider using this in a competition and would only offer it as one of several choices if I had dinner guests. If you are a fan of Tequila and want a sauce that is redolent with that aroma and flavor, you have hit the jackpot. If you are not a fan of Tequila, you’ve chosen the wrong sauce.

The color is a dark red with an appealing hue. The sauce comes in a hefty glass bottle with a narrow bottle-neck. Unfortunately, the thickness which is a bonus in adhering to meat is a drawback with this bottle style. On three separate occasions I had to use a knife to get the sauce started on its way out the bottle.

I’m afraid that this is probably the only time that I’ll be using this sauce. I’m not a big fan of tequila, and that’s all that’s being offered here. There is no subtlety or nuance, just a traditional, very thick Kansas City style sauce with a great deal of tequila flavor.

The sauce is available online and through specialty stores.

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