Thursday, March 20, 2008

REVIEWS: Grandville's Gourmet Tropical

Grandville’s Gourmet Tropical BBQ Sauce

Grandville’s Gourmet BBQ Sauce

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

This sauce was used on pulled pork and brisket 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.

It’s strange how it works out. If you find an average or subpar sauce you will usually see that they have a website that is chock full of information and they are often well known. Awards won (how, I don’t know), recipe suggestions, a vast history and a corporate bio will be featured on their site. With some of the best sauces the information available is sparse and no one has heard of them.

I'm afraid that this might be the case with Grandville’s Gourmet BBQ Sauces. I had the pleasure of trying their tropical variety and it was fantastic. They have done very well with winning awards, taking first in two categories and second in a third at the 2006 Scovie Awards. Unfortunately, like numerous other quality products out there, it seems that they need help in getting the word out. I hope that this review helps.

The tropical sauce lives up to their billing as ‘the thickest, chunkiest BBQ sauce on the planet’. It is a fun departure from the thick, pureed sauces that you usually see. There are visible chunks of onion and other vegetables in the sauce that provide a great mouth-feel when chewing.

The aroma of the sauce isn’t as strong as I would have liked, but that might be the nature of the beast with a sweet (as opposed to spicy) sauce. It is, however, indicative of the taste, with the flavor being more pronounced than the aroma and certainly stronger.

The flavor of the sauce was outstanding. I had a recent run of sampling an array of below average sauces that all seemed to have the same flavor profile. This sauce and another that I’ll be reviewing soon helped to restore my faith. There is great BBQ sauce out there if you are willing to look for it.

Grandville’s Gourmet Tropical BBQ Sauce has a sweet, fruity flavor which avoids being overpowering. Although great with the pork and brisket, I’m looking forward to trying it on chicken. I’m amazed that of the three sauces that they had won awards for, the other two scored higher (taking first as opposed to second).

The sauce comes in an 18 oz. wide mouth (similar to a mason jar) glass jar. There is a nice label on the jar with a cute logo. The glass has a nice heft to it.

If you are looking for a sauce that has a different consistency, if you are looking for a sauce that has a ‘fruity’ flavor profile or if you are just looking for a great sauce; check out Grandville’s. You’ll be glad you did.


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