Friday, February 15, 2008

REVIEW: Rufus Teague Honey Sweet BBQ Sauce

Rufus Teague Honey Sweet BBQ Sauce

Rufus Teague


Quality **** (4.5 out of 5)
Viscosity ***** (5out of 5)
Aroma **** (4 out of 5)
Appearance *** (3.5 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 pulled chicken.

Since I started reviewing sauces I have sampled roughly fifty different varieties. This is the second sauce that I would feel comfortable using in a competition setting. Keep in mind that the vast majority of the sauces that I’m reviewing have been sent to me by the manufacturers and they certainly don’t send something that they aren’t proud of.

Over the past few years I have tasted countless sauces. Literally hundreds. Some purchased, some home made. Rufus Teague has jumped the ranks to become one of my top 5 favorite manufactured sauces. I don’t want to jump the gun and go into the other Rufus Teague sauces that I will be discussing at a later date, but this is a name that you can rely on. I have tried their rub and each of the sauces and everything they make is excellent.

I have no idea if Rufus Teague is the actual founder of the company or someone akin to Pecos Bill who lends the brand a folksy feel, but if I see his face on a BBQ related product, I’m buying it.

The Honey Sweet sauce comes as advertised. It is a mild, sweet sauce that adds to the flavor profile without diminishing what it is put on. Similar to their rub, the sauce is not out to overpower you or to take the spotlight off the meat. It is a quality addition any BBQ enthusiasts pantry.

The sauce has a mild, but nice aroma reminiscent of the vinegar and tomato base. The color is a dark red that is uniform in its consistency. Coming in an attractive glass bottle that is shaped like a flask, the packaging is some of the best that I’ve seen.

Again, as with their rub, the labeling is lacking in descriptors. Allow me to lend a hand and throw out a few free samples that they can choose from: Excellent, Recommended, Top Shelf and Addicting. Do the people you ‘Q for a favor and try this sauce.


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