Tuesday, January 29, 2008

REVIEW: Smack Your Lips Mild Sauce

Butch’s Smack Your Lips Mild Sauce

Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ

Website www.smackyourlipsbbq.com

Quality **** (4.5 out of 5)
Viscosity ***** (5out of 5)
Aroma ** (2 out of 5)
Appearance **** (4 out of 5)
Packaging **** (4 out of 5)

This sauce was used on pulled pork that was cooked low and slow over cherry wood. The opinions are both mine and Will Breakstone’s, owner and pit-master of Willie B’s Award Winning BBQ.

There is a tendency to have high expectations when you are about to use a sauce from someone that you are familiar with and respect. I haven’t had the chance to meet Butch Lupinetti, but I know people who have and I have seen him whup up on Bobby Flay on the Food Network.

As you can imagine, the first component of a sauce that you experience is the aroma. Out of the bottle, Butch’s mild sauce has a ‘chemically’ odor that was a bit off-putting. The odor dissipated when cooked on food. My expectations for the taste were lowered by the aroma of the sauce. I shouldn’t have worried.

The sauce had a nice consistency and adhered to the meat well. The sauce is marketed and sold as mild, and lived up to that moniker. That does not mean that the sauce was without flavor. It was a sweet without being cloying, smoky without being overpowering and very enjoyable. The sauce was great with the pork, but is versatile enough to be used with poultry and can stand up to stronger meats such as brisket.

The sauce comes in a plastic bottle with a flip-top that acts as a squeeze bottle. You can purchase the sauce on Butch’s website (see above).

In spite of my initial fears, this was the best sauce that falls into the ‘mild’ category that I’ve had to date. I would heartily recommend Butch’s Smack Your Lips Mild Sauce.

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