Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Reviews: Sweet Baby Ray's Honey BBQ Sauce

Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbeque Sauce (Honey)

Manufacturer Sweet Baby Ray’s Inc.

Website www.sweetbabyrays.com

Quality **** (4.5 out of 5)
Viscosity ***** (5out of 5)
Sweetness **** (4 out of 5)
Appearance **** (4 out of 5)

This sauce was used with pulled pork that was slow cooked at 225 degrees over hickory. 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 and on the chicken itself.

This is the first commercial sauce that I am reviewing that I would feel comfortable using in a competition setting. It suffers from the same problem as most mass manufactured sauces in that it has that slightly cloying quality that is associated with high fructose corn syrup. Aside from that, it’s hard to find a fault in the sauce.

When you find a sauce of this quality your assessment quickly breaks down to personal preference. The sauce does a great job of providing what it advertises. It is a sweet (honey) Kansas City style sauce. If that is what you are looking for, you could do far worse than trying Sweet Baby Ray’s.

The color is of a slightly lighter hue than some traditional sauces, but is certainly within acceptable parameters. The sauce has a very nice viscosity. It is thick enough to adhere to the meat without feeling like your lost in a sugary morass you can’t escape from.

I would like to note that this sauce, as with most tomato based sauces, tends to change the taste of the meat as opposed to bringing the taste out. That’s not a bad thing, just something to be aware of. I find that vinegar based sauces help to bring out the flavor of meats (especially pork) as opposed to altering it.

The version I tested came in an 18oz. squeeze bottle and was found in my local supermarket. It retailed for under four dollars.

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