Thursday, April 10, 2008

REVIEW: Chipotle Sauce and Marinade

Manufacturer Borderline Gourmet


Quality **** (4 out of 5)
Viscosity ** (2 out of 5)
Appearance **** (4 out of 5)
Packaging ***** (5 out of 5)
Aroma *** (3 out of 5)

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

Let’s clear something up right away. I’m pretty sure that ‘Borderline Gourmet’ is meant to imply that the food is gourmet and has a southwestern influence. It is not meant to be ‘borderline gourmet’ like I’m ‘borderline nuts’. It is quite clear that the dazzling array of food that they offer on their website seems to all be of the highest quality.

Borderline Gourmet's sauce comes in a beautiful and elegant bottle with a sophisticated but simple label.

The sauce has a mild but pleasing aroma that does a great job of representing the taste that is offered.

In an odd departure from the picture provided on their website, the sauce is actually a light brown, not the red depicted. The seeds and spices are visible in the sauce, providing a nice visual.

The sauce itself had a mild tomato and vinegar taste with an excellent underlining chipotle’ish’ flavor. The sauce would be well suited for chicken or even fish. The best use for stronger meats may be to use this sauce as the marinade that it is double billed as.

The sauce has the viscosity of a marinade or a true vinegar sauce, which may result in running and a lack of pooling or adhesion.

If I’m setting up the smoker or heating up the grill and I’m looking for a sophisticated and nuanced sauce with a unique flavor profile, this is where I’m turning.


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