Friday, March 14, 2008

REVIEWS: NonBBQ Round-Up

Non-BBQ Reviews I

This is a bit of a round-up of reviews for items that were sent to me that weren’t BBQ centric. They will be brief and to the point. I will follow this article up with another in a couple of weeks.

Crazy Mother Puckers Hot Sauce


This sauce was tasted straight up and in chili. I was a little surprised when I plopped some on my tongue. It had an immediate and pleasing taste that supported the description on the label of ‘Fire Roasted Fusion’. I was surprised by the lack of heat. My first impression was that I would give it a 4 out of 10 on the heat scale. A few seconds went by and I got the kick. It went from a 4 to about a 6 or 7. Very nice. The heat lasted well and maintained the initial flavor.

I added about 1.5 tablespoons to a bowl of chili. The chili on its own was mild and this helped to kick it up a bit. Some of the flavor and heat were lost, so I would recommend a greater ‘dose’, but it made the otherwise uneventful chili enjoyable.

Jimbo’s Apple Salad Dressing

This sweet vinaigrette is a pale pink color and requires considerable shaking prior to use. Don’t worry, it’s worth it. The sauce has a unique flavor that forces you to hunt down more lettuce to play host to the dressing. I know, I know; most BBQ’ers hold salad to be an anathema. If you want to hold onto those beliefs, don’t try this dressing. Soon after opening the bottle you will be a convert.

Pallabi Hot Sauce


Rick’s Test Kitchen produces a variety of sauces, most of which offer considerable heat. The Pallabi Hot Sauce is sweet hot sauce with an eastern influence. Like the hot sauce above, this starts out slowly and offers a very nice, sweet taste. The heat comes in a second or two later. It was enough to break a small sweat, but nothing serious. The heat lasted quite a while, but it wasn’t strong enough to detract from the taste of everything around it.

Very tasty and will be used often.

Guido’s Serious Louisiana Hot Sauce

Guido’s Serious produces enough quality BBQ products to fill the average enthusiasts cupboard. Rubs, BBQ sauces and hot sauces all make an appearance on their webpage and all that I’ve tried so far have been excellent. The hot sauce is no exception.

This hot sauce is what a better made A1 sauce would taste like if it offered heat. The label on the bottle clearly states that the sauce is ‘bold, not brutal’ and it lives up to that moniker. If you are a ‘pepper head’ looking for an eye popping, sweat causing sauce; this isn’t for you. If you are looking for a great sauce for steaks and the like that provides a kick, give this a shot.



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