Friday, April 25, 2008

REVIEW: La Nova BBQ Sauce

La Nova BBQ Sauce

La Nova Wings

Quality * (1 out of 5)
Viscosity ** (2 out of 5)
Aroma * (1 out of 5)
Appearance *** (3 out of 5)
Packaging *** (3 out of 5)

This sauce was used on rib and pulled pork that was cooked low and slow over cherry and apple (ribs and pork) and birch (chicken).

Well, once again we move into that difficult territory of reviewing a sauce based on what it claims to be as opposed to what it actually is. Let’s take a different tack this time and do both!

La Nova BBQ sauce is absolutely horrible as a BBQ sauce. I was thinking about being polite and saying that it wasn’t good, but that would leave ‘average’ wide open. ‘Average’ looks down on this sauce with a sneer of disdain. If you are looking to make up some ‘Q, don’t use this sauce. It’s as simple as that.

The sauce smells exactly like ‘Chef Boyardee’. Exactly. It’s sort of weird. The sauce has a loose consistency that doesn’t adhere to the meat well. It’s not as loose as a vinegar or mustard sauce, but it’s not as thick as a KC sauce and it has none of the appeal of either.

The sauce has a soft, cloying sweetness that is disturbing. It’s like a third or fourth rate ketchup. The sauce has an odd aftertaste, so your palette is tainted for longer than you might expect.

The sauce comes in a plastic 14oz. bottle that allows for easy pouring.

* Pictured above is the ‘hot’ version of the sauce.


Unfortunately you will find manufacturers that try to multi-purpose their sauces. Marinades labeled as sauces. Hot sauces labeled as BBQ. And now a wing sauce labeled as a BBQ sauce. It’s too bad and does a disservice to what might otherwise be a fine product.

La Nova’s BBQ sauce is actually a decent wing sauce. It needs a bit of a kick (which is where their ‘hot’ version comes in), but it’s not bad. We made about a dozen wings with the sauce and everyone seemed to enjoy it. It’s sad that they have to be graded and reviewed as a failed BBQ sauce when they are a decent wing sauce.

I will be reviewing the ‘hot’ version in the future, but it will only be as a wing sauce, not a BBQ.


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