Friday, May 2, 2008

REVIEW: Grandvilles Extra Spicy

Grandville’s Gourmet BBQ Sauce Extra Spicy

Manufacturer Grandville’s Gourmet BBQ Sauce Extra Spicy

Quality **** (4.5 out of 5)
Viscosity **** (5 out of 5)
Aroma **** (4 out of 5)
Spice **** (4 out of 5)
Appearance ***** (5 out of 5)
Packaging *** (3 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.

This is our second review of a Grandville’s sauce and nothing much has changed. They are still an excellent, top tier sauce. The tropical and spicy sauces are similar to one another while oddly disparate. Quite often a spicy BBQ sauce will be the same sauce as the manufacturers ‘base’ or ‘mild’, but jacked up. Grandville’s seems to make a serious effort to provide separate and distinct flavor profiles. The constant in this equation is the first class quality.

The sauce comes in an 18 oz. mason like jar. The packaging is a little cartoony, with an anthropomorphized pepper on the label. The packaging works fine, providing a distinct look for the brand.

The sauce has a nice ‘fruity’ and natural aroma that is not indicative of the heat. The aroma seemed a bit stronger in this sauce as opposed to their tropical variety.

The sauce itself is a dark red with a great viscosity. Notice I said viscosity, not consistency. The sauce has sizeable chunks of ingredients that improves the overall mouthfeel and appearance. It is a serious departure from the overly pureed KC style sauces that we see so often.

There is an initial sweetness to this sauce that accents the substantial heat that comes your way a short while later. If a 10 is the hottest commercial BBQ sauce you will find, this is a 7. That isn’t a very expansive description of the heat factor. You have to also take into account the integration of the various flavors, whether the heat offers anything but scovilles and how the heat lingers. This sauce passes with flying colors on all accounts.

There should be one, small editorial note: I truly enjoy spicy foods more than the average person. What for me is a 7 on the heat level might be significantly higher for you.


post signature