Thursday, March 13, 2008

REVIEW: Sticky Fingers Memphis Sauce

Sticky Fingers Memphis Sauce

Sticky Fingers

Quality ** (2.5 out of 5)
Viscosity *** (3 out of 5)
Aroma *** (3 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.

I’m sad to say that Sticky Fingers Memphis BBQ Sauce falls into much the same category as their previously reviewed Carolina Sweet sauce. The sauce is uneventful and a bit boring. It’s sweeter than a traditional KC style sauce with less of a tomato taste. It offered less nuance and underlying taste than I would have appreciated and just didn’t seem to make an effort, if that makes sense.

As with the Carolina sauce, it wasn’t bad. If I was on a highway and pulled over at a chain BBQ place and had that sauce with my meal I wouldn’t think twice about it. I certainly wouldn’t complain or be disappointed, but that is part of the problem. They sit too entrenched in their comfort zone. By the time I would hit the next exit on the highway I wouldn’t remember what the sauce tasted like.

It seems that they are very concerned with appealing to Joe Everyman. And maybe they are successful. Maybe I’m using the wrong criteria. The sauce isn’t bad. They seem to be making money. I don’t mean to come off as being supercilious here, but maybe the sauce just isn’t for the BBQ connoisseur. If this supposition is correct, and they are appealing to a different market, and that clientele is happy; than great.

The aroma is fine. It is actually better than average and surprisingly good when considering the taste. It lacks the artificial ‘chemical’ odor that mass produced sauces often have.

The viscosity of the sauce is fine. It’s 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.*

* Same as with review for Sticky Fingers Carolina Sauce review.


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