Thursday, March 6, 2008

REVIEW: Louisiana Licker Sauce

Louisiana Lickers Sauce

Quaker Steak and Lube


Quality *** (3.5 out of 5)
Viscosity *** (3 out of 5)
Heat *** (3 out of 5)
Appearance **** (4 out of 5)

This sauce was used on pulled pork that was cooked low and slow with apple wood.

Quaker Steak and Lube offer a wide variety of sauces. That’s a huge positive. Variety is growing in importance for me every day. Unfortunately, variety bereft of quality is meaningless. If the rest of their sauces are of the same quality as the Louisiana Licker sauce, I will have no complaints.

Most sauces that I review are a variation of the standard KC sauce. The manufacturer takes a standard base and then modifies it to (hopefully) achieve their goal of producing a quality BBQ sauce. Want a hot sauce? Add some tobasco. Want a sweet sauce? Add some corn syrup? Want a fruit sauce? Add some pineapple juice.

Quaker Steak and Lube seems to have gone in the opposite direction with their Louisiana Licker sauce. They have used a hot (but not overpowering) sauce as a base and modified that to come up with a BBQ sauce. It was very unusual and I had to try numerous samples before coming to a conclusion. It turned out that I liked it. I liked it quite a bit.

The aroma leaves little doubt that you are about to have a spicy addition to your meal. The sauce is redolent with the spices found in the sauce.

The sauce comes in a long, glass bottle with a plastic stopper similar to what you see on some beers. The liquid had an orangish hue, with different ingredients being visible and providing a nice contrast. The sauce was thinner than the standard sauce, but still worked well.

The heat doesn’t overpower the sauce. It has a lasting flavor without much of a burn. The sauce does change the flavor profile of the meat, but that’s not always a bad thing. If you are looking for an original flavor with a kick for your BBQ, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this sauce.


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