Wednesday, April 2, 2008

REVIEW: Pecos Bill's Widow Maker

Pecos Bill’s Lindsey’s Widow Maker

Pecos Bill’s BBQ

Quality **** (4 out of 5)
Viscosity **** (4.5 out of 5)
Aroma ** (2.5 out of 5)
Heat **** (4 out of 5)
Appearance *** (3.5 out of 5)
Packaging **** (4 out of 5)

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

Pecos Bill’s is a family run sauce company out of northeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to their sauces, they do local catering. Their sauces seem to have been created and manufactured in a staggered process, as opposed to everything being released simultaneously. I would like to believe that this indicates that the sauces are slowly worked on and developed, being released after serious deliberation and research.

The sauces packaging feature ‘wild west’ motifs, with photos of family members in western regalia on the label. I believe that the personalities of the family members are matched to the style of sauce. The packaging is eye catching and has a nice ‘retro’ feel.

The aroma of the sauce did not capture the essence of the taste. That’s not to say that it was bad, it just wasn’t indicative of the intensity of the flavor. The aroma gave you hints of the sweetness and the tomato, but not the robust heat provided by the capsaicin.

The sauce itself was an attractive red sauce that was a bit thicker than the traditional KC style sauce (we seem to be using KC style sauces as our baseline lately). The sauce had an enjoyable variation of mouth feels, as it wasn’t the overly pureed product you often see in mass produced sauces.

The sweetness is the first thing that stands out when you try the sauce. It’s a nice, light sweetness that avoids the overpowering and artificial flavor imparted by most sauces using corn syrup variations. After a second or two the heat comes. And it comes strong. The heat is considerable, but is by no means overpowering. If the average ‘hot’ BBQ sauce is a 5, this would be a 6 or 7. The heat is integrated well into the overall flavor profile. It is long lingering and yet it doesn’t overpower the taste of the meat or destroy the sweetness.

I didn’t detect any spice variation. If I were to suggest anything, it might be that they add some ancho or other low heat base to the sauce to provide a layered taste (and it may also help the aroma).

If you enjoy some kick in your BBQ, pick up Lindsey’s Widow Maker. You won’t be disappointed. If heat isn’t your thing, you may want to look elsewhere.


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