Sunday, May 11, 2008

Cowboy Chris Mild

Cowboy Chris’ Mild Barbecue Sauce

Manufacturer: Cowboy Chris’ Barbecue Sauce

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

It seems that Cowboy Chris’ Barbecue Sauce is a new and rather small manufacturer that offers a mild and a hot BBQ sauce as well as a wing sauce. ‘Cowboy Chris’ is not a Madison Ave. moniker. The founder of the company is a rodeo fan and grew up in a family that shared that passion.

The sauces come in 18oz plastic bottles that allow for easy pouring of this slightly loose sauce. The sauce is a light orange’ish color and has a mild, sweet aroma. The aroma is on par to the taste. Mild but pleasing.

The sauce has a combination of standard ingredients (ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, etc.) but they have struck an excellent balance. The taste isn’t unique or off the beaten path, but it is well made and the flavors are properly integrated. There is subtle layering and no one taste dominates.

Overall the taste lives up to its label as being ‘mild’ and it also offers a significant sweetness. This sauce offers a pleasing bulk to it. The aroma might lead you to believe that the sauce is wispy and ethereal, without significant body or heft. There is a surprising substance to the sauce and it offers a significant impact on the food you are placing it on. The sweetness isn’t all that’s being offered to the palette.

The sauce has barely visible ingredients that are pleasing when chewed. As should be obvious to regular readers, I enjoy sauces that provide at least a hint of texture. I’m assuming that there are minced onions or peppers that are represented, but the opaque sauce makes it hard to tell.

Cowboy Chris’ Mild Barbecue Sauce is a good sauce offered at a fair price. I look forward to seeing where they take their product line in the future.

*Sauce pictured is the 'hot' version.


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