Sunday, February 17, 2008

REVIEW: Butch's Pyro BBQ Sauce

Butch’s Smack Your Lips Pyro BBQ Sauce

Smack Your Lips BBQ


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

Butch Lupinetti is a bit of a celebrity amongst BBQ enthusiasts. He has been on the Food Network (beating Bobby Flay in a Throwdown), has won numerous competitions and has gathered renown for just being an all around nice guy. This is our second review of one of Butch’s sauces.

The aroma of this sauce is predominantly vinegar, but has nice subtle undertones. I really liked it, which was a bit of a surprise. As you might remember, our only negative in our review of Butch’s basic sauce was a ‘chemically’ odor.

When writing a review you are almost inclined to look for something negative to comment on so that your positives will seem to have a balanced counterpoint. Unfortunately, I can’t offer that here. This sauce is right in my wheelhouse, as I love spicy foods.

We gave the ‘heat’ category a 4 out of 5, but that should not to be taken as a comment on how hot the sauce is. It is intended to convey the quality of the heat with the sauce. The heat has a nice lingering effect while providing a noticeable but not overpowering kick.

The sauce has a nice, dark red hue. The color is very consistent but it might be more visually appealing if some pepper seeds were visible as you will sometimes see in a lighter sauce. The sauce comes in an 18 oz. plastic bottle. In a departure from the basic sauce (and the soon to be reviewed Super Pyro sauce), the bottle has a standard twist cap as opposed to the preferable squeeze top.

Butch proves that name recognition can indeed equate to product quality. After sampling three of his sauces I would be pleased to purchase anything else he puts his name on site unseen.


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