Friday, April 11, 2008

REVIEW: Better Than Bad Sex

Better Than Bad Sex BBQ Sauce

Manufacturer Ricks Test Kitchen


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

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

Rick’s Test Kitchen offers both BBQ and hot sauces and it is clear that Rick and his helper sauce elves take pride in their work. This is the first of two of their BBQ sauces and three of their hot sauces that I’ll be reviewing. The sauces will be in a one column ‘non-BBQ wrap-up’, that will include various hot sauces and one salad dressing.

The sauce comes in a nice glass bottle with significant heft. The label is a bit sparse and almost monochromatic. The sauce itself is an attractive reddish brown that pours easily from the bottle and molds to the meat without any signs of pooling or congealing.

The sauce has a strong, bold flavor to it that tells you that the manufacturer has a definite opinion about how a sauce should taste. This is not a sweet sauce and isn’t a Texas sauce. Better Than Bad Sex defies geographic definition but would be closest to a Kansas City style sauce, but less sweet and significantly bolder.

The aroma was certainly perceptible and was a great indicator of what was to come. Unlike some sauces, Better Than Bad Sex had an aroma that almost directly paralleled the taste. The aroma wasn’t as strong as the taste was, but it was enjoyable.

The sauce offered a bold (I’m repeating my adjectives) flavor that seems to rely heavily on turmeric (although I may be mistaken). It was enjoyable, but I wouldn’t use it on more delicate BBQ, such as fish or even chicken. It seems tailor made for brisket or pork.

Although it doesn’t live up to it’s name (and how could it), Better Than Bad Sex is an enjoyable sauce overall and if paired with stronger meats it climbs into the ‘excellent’ category.


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