Thursday, May 22, 2008

REVIEW: Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

Fischer Wieser Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce
Fischer Wieser

Quality *** (3.5 out of 5)
Viscosity *** (3.5 out of 5)
Aroma *** (3.5 out of 5)
Appearance *** (4 out of 5)
Packaging **** (3 out of 5)

This sauce was used on pulled pork, brisket and chicken that were all cooked low and slow with a variety of woods.

I have to be very careful here, as this sauce was being used straight out of the bottle as a BBQ sauce, but is not labeled as one. I feel that I’m doing the manufacturer a bit of a disservice as I’m reviewing them in a category that they never claimed to be a part of. The star ratings synopsis above doesn’t paint a complete picture, so please read further.

Even though this isn’t a BBQ sauce per se, it is better than the majority of the sauces available at your local supermarket for your ‘Q straight out of the bottle. If you follow the manufacturer’s advice to modify the base sauce into a BBQ sauce the end result goes from ‘good’ to ‘excellent’. Mixing like amounts of the sauce to cider vinegar provides the ‘pop’ and nuance that elevates the eating experience.

The sauce comes in an 18oz. glass bottle and it pours well (although the sauce is thick). The label is a simple light color with purple and black lettering that matches the sauce. The bottle came with an attached booklet that offered a variety of recipes.

A strong raspberry aroma wafts from the sauce. The aroma is very pleasing and hard not to notice, but it strangely has no elements of the chipotle. The sauce is a dark red, bordering on purple. It is chunky and thick when used straight from the bottle.

If you prefer not to alter the sauce, it would make a great glaze for ribs. There is a nice sweetness to the sauce that is a bit intense. The raspberry flavor is present immediately and it lingers through the tasting. The chipotle kicks in after the sweetness hits and offers a nice counterpart for the flavor. When cider vinegar is added the sweetness is ameliorated and a pleasing ‘tang’ is offered.

This is a well made and versatile sauce that deserves your attention. Give it a shot.


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