Sunday, March 16, 2008

REVIEWS: Guido's Serious BBQ Sauce

Guido’s Serious BBQ Sauce

Manufacturer Guido’s International Foods


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

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

It’s nice to find new sauces that have an impressive pedigree. Guido’s Serious has won some major awards at the most prestigious BBQ events in the country. After tasting their sauce, their accolades come as no surprise.

I’m happy to say that Guido’s Serious BBQ is a bold sauce. They are not hunting for that elusive middle ground so they can appeal to everyone. They have a very strong opinion on what constitutes a quality sauce and that is what they offer.

The sauce has a strong, earthy aroma that immediately tells you that the taste is going to be strong. The smell is an accurate olfactory representation of the taste. I do need to mention that the sauce is somewhat separated upon opening of the bottle. A quick stirring takes care of that minor problem.

The sauce has a nice combination of ‘mouth feels’ and viscosity (once mixed). It is thicker than most sauces, but it doesn’t have that over-processed viscosity of many mass produced sauces. As stated earlier, the taste is bold and deserves a meat that will stand up to that strength. Although I wouldn’t use the sauce on chicken, it was a great accompaniment to the brisket.

The taste mellows a tad during cooking, but is enjoyable either straight out of the bottle or cooked onto the food. The spice in the sauce lingers, but isn’t overpowering. It’s important to mention that this sauce doesn’t fall into any traditional category. It’s not a KC sauce. It’s not a Texas sauce. It’s not a Carolina sauce. It has a unique flavor profile. In our age of standardized sauces, that is a marvelous thing. If you enjoy a sauce that is on the spicy side and makes a statement, this is for you.


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