Wednesday, February 20, 2008

REVIEW: Sticky Fingers Carolina Sweet

Sticky Fingers Carolina Sweet

Sticky Fingers

Quality ** (2.5 out of 5)
Viscosity *** (3 out of 5)
Aroma ** (2 out of 5)
Sweetness *** (3.5 out of 5)
Appearance ***3 (3 out of 5)
Packaging *** (3 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.

Sticky Fingers Carolina Sweet BBQ sauce is the ‘Qing equivalent of vanilla ice cream. There is nothing really wrong with it, but there’s not much right either. You almost wish that they would take a chance. Be a little bold. The sauce is just good enough to wonder why it isn’t better.

There is another website out there that does BBQ sauce reviews (I’ll be discussing them soon in another post) and it seems that they recently had the same problem that I’m having with this sauce. You almost feel guilty when someone sends you a sauce for review and it’s not that great. The feelings of guilt are ameliorated, however, by the need to do justice to other sauces that are of a superior quality.

It seems that Sticky Fingers is walking a tightrope, hoping not to offend anyone with this sauce. If that’s the case, they have achieved their goal. This sauce would offend no one. If I was in a chain restaurant and had this on some food I wouldn’t think twice about it. And I wouldn’t remember it five minutes later.

The sauce itself is a sweet (for sure) sauce that is not really indicative of what we have come to expect from Carolina sauces. It has a tomato base and a slight vinegar flavor.

The aroma is fine. You can tell by the smell that this is a sweet sauce. The aroma is not very strong, especially on the food. It’s not a bad odor, just not much to it and it doesn’t represent much beyond the sweetness. I would have preferred to have hints of vinegar and/or tomato.

The viscosity of the sauce is fine. It adheres to the meat well. It’s not overly thick. This is the one category that may have deserved a better review. I’m vacillating between a 3 and a 3.5.

The sauce comes in a plastic 18oz. bottle. It’s a nice bottle and it has a distinct, clear label. I would have given it a 3.5 if it had been a bit more descriptive.

You can purchase this sauce online for $3.99. It’s also found in their chain of Sticky Finger restaurants. Although a clear step up from sauces such as Kraft, there are much better sauces to choose from if you are purchasing BBQ sauce online.


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