Thursday, May 29, 2008

REVIEW: Fork and Halo - Original Sin

Fork and Halo Original Sin BBQ Sauce

Wicked Good BBQ

Quality **** (4.5 out of 5)
Viscosity *** (3 out of 5)
Aroma ** (2.5 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. The opinions are both mine and Will Breakstone’s, owner and pit-master of Willie B’s Award Winning BBQ.

The sauce is a strong red color and comes in a glass bottle. The labeling is unique and stands out, with a heaven/hell dichotomy caricature being highlighted. The label is red with a yellow sun burst. In the sunburst is an image of a devil with a halo. The devil has the visage of a pig. I'm not sure if I totally get the imagery, but it's cute and memorable.

There is a nice viscosity to Original Sin and the sauce pours well. It is thick enough to adhere to the meat without being ‘gloopy’.

The aroma of the sauce is mild, which is surprisingly a plus when it comes to sauces that are not spicy. It usually means that the sauce is low on artificial ingredients. That truism is born out in this case, as the ingredient list is free of many of the problematic ingredients in other sauces. There are strong indicators of sweetness in the aroma, especially the apple and honey.

Here is what the manufacturer has to say about this sauce ‘Try ORIGINAL SIN for a BBQ sauce that's sweet, but not too sweet, with a devilish touch of heat and a hint of apple.’

Let me start out by saying that this is a very strong BBQ sauce. The quality is evident in the packaging, aroma, taste and ingredient selection. To find fault with the sauce I have to contrast the description by the manufacturer to the actual product. This amounts to nitpicking, but I’ll note it anyway.

Although there are three ingredients listed that would indicate that there is heat present and the descriptor for this sauce includes ‘a devilish touch of heat’, there was none detectable. There was a certain boldness of flavor, but no heat of note. Ok, there we go. That pretty much sums up the list of problems with this sauce.

I apologize for the lack of appropriate descriptors here, as my vocabulary is failing me at the moment, but the sauce has a certain ‘cleanness’ to it. The flavors are crisp and distinct and lack that cloying, muddled aspect that many mass produced sauces exhibit. The apple offers a secondary aspect to the sweetness that is a nice counterpoint to the honey. It helps to round out the flavor and adds to the overall experience.

For those that insist on labels, I’d say that this is what a KC sauce should be. In reality, it defies categorization. Give the sauce a shot, you won’t be disappointed.


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