Monday, February 25, 2008

REVIEW: Woody's Sweet and Sour Sauce

Woody’s Foods Sweet and Sour BBQ Sauce

Woody’s Foods


Quality **** (4 out of 5)
Viscosity *** (3 out of 5)
Sweetness **** (4 out of 5)
Appearance **** (4.5 out of 5)

This sauce was used with ribs (babyback) and pulled pork. The meats were slow smoked over apple and cherry wood.

One of the problems with running a site like the Home of BBQ is that manufacturers are not going to send you something that they are not proud of. So, how many superlatives can I throw out there? How much variation can I offer for reviews of excellent sauces?

Well, enjoying quality BBQ is a burden I’m willing to shoulder for the sake of the readers.

Woody’s Sweet n Sour Sauce is a top shelf product that I hope to see more of in the future. I haven’t seen it in any retail locations and I haven’t seen it discussed in any BBQ forums. That is a shame, as the sauce deserves more acclaim.

The aroma is just strong enough. It’s not overpowering while still providing a pleasant indicator of what’s to come. It provides hints of both the sweet and savory aspects of the sauce.

The potency of the sauce would fall between mild and average. As such, it is best used on milder meats. One of the strongest selling points of the sauce is that it retains its flavor without changing the flavor of what it is used with. Many sauces alter or mask the flavor of the subject. Woody’s Sweet n Sour brings something new to the table while allowing for the retention of the integrity of the rest of the food.

The flavor seems to be ‘pure’ for some reason. The sweetness tastes natural, as if it is derived from fruit. The sour has a great flavor that is derived from pineapple. The acidity is balanced perfectly against the sweet.

The sauce comes in a glass jar with a printed on label (as opposed to a paper label). The jar contains 14.5 oz of sauce.

If you enjoy sauces that seem to derive it’s sweetness from fruit as opposed to pure sugar, try this sauce. If you enjoy a mild sauce that adds instead of alters, try this sauce. If you enjoy a sweet vs. sour contrast, try this sauce.


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