Friday, April 4, 2008

REVIEW: Grumpy's Bold Sauce

Grumpy’s Private Reserve Bold Sauce
Grumpy’s Foods

Quality *** (3.5 out of 5)
Viscosity **** (4 out of 5)
Aroma *** (3.5 out of 5)
Appearance *** (3 out of 5)
Packaging **** (4 out of 5)

This sauce was used on pulled pork and brisket that were 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.

I have a bit of a quandary here. Do I review the sauce on its own merits or what it is labeled as? Unfortunately, I didn’t find the sauce to be ‘bold’ at all. As a product that is labeled ‘bold’ I would hope that they would at least attempt to live up to that claim. Now here is where the problem comes in; the sauce is really good.

The aroma is nice, with a strong tomato influence. The bottle and packaging are fine, with the white pig image standing in stark contrast to the rest of the bottle. The sauce has a great thickness, having just enough viciousness to stick to the meat and having a great ‘feel’ to it.

Although I wouldn’t call the sauce bold, it did have a nice lingering flavor with mild spice overtones. There was an excellent distinction between the various flavors and the sauce offered a nice contrast to the overly blended varieties found in most supermarkets.

The sauce was appealing for ‘across the board’ use. I would feel comfortable using it on pretty much any BBQ except fish. It would also make a nice grilling sauce and I can easily see myself using it with steak.

Their website offers photos, recipes and a listing of awards. The awards that they have won were impressive, but it would have been nice if they listed which of their sauce won.

You can order the sauce (and I recommend doing so) from their website or pick it up at various locations in Colorado.


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