Friday, May 9, 2008

REVIEW: Tassleberry Farm Strawberry BBQ Sauce



Tassleberry Farm Strawberry BBQ Sauce
Manufacturer
Tassleberry Farm
Website www.tassleberry.com

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


Tassleberry Farm is located in central NY and they are a strawberry farm that manufactures their own strawberry products. It is heartening to see a supplier who is producing a product from their own harvest as opposed to using an outside purveyor. We have seen this once before with our review of the Chukar Cherry sauce and we were extremely impressed with their product. Tassleberry Farm makes it ‘2 for 2’, as this sauce is a hit.

This BBQ sauce comes in a 16oz. bottle with an elegant label. The packaging doesn’t have that homey, rural look that a lot of sauces (often from major metropolitan cities) strive for, and I like that. If this was purposeful, it was a great choice. Going contrarian accentuates that this sauce is well off the beaten path for the standard BBQ condiments. The labeling and bottling have a decided epicurean feel to them and they stand out.

The sauce is a dark, rich red that offers a wonderful aroma. The aroma represents a significant sweetness that is not as prominent in the taste. The sauce is very thick and should not be used as a glaze or a mop. As a matter of fact, when you are preparing to use this sauce, be patient. It doesn’t pour easy, but it’s worth the wait.

I was expecting a very sweet sauce with a strong emphasis on the strawberry flavor profile. I was surprised to find that the sweetness of the strawberry was downplayed and the basic flavor was highlighted. We may be of a like mind in finding it hard to mentally separate the sweetness from the inherent strawberry flavor. Tasting this sauce was a revelation.

The sauce has a slight sweetness, but offers a very deep flavor. The interesting mix of the tomato, strawberry and the strawberry’s pickling agent offers a very unique flavor that is appealing on both lighter subjects such as chicken and stronger meats such as brisket. The strawberry seeds offer a nice crunch and a variation on the mouthfeel. The taste lingers in the pleasantly in the mouth with hints of paprika and vinegar (possibly from the pickling agent).

This sauce is very highly recommended for true BBQ. I’m not sure if I would use it for grilling burgers and the like, but it is definitely coming out of the refrigerator for a BBQ I’m cooking for at the end of the month.

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2 comments:

Bossman Bar-B-Que said...

I have to disagree with you, this was by far the worst sauce I have ever had, ruined a meal and was thrown in the trash. Its more of a paste then a BBQ sauce.I wouldn't recommend it at all!

Eric Devlin said...

I appreciate your input and I'm sorry you were disappointed with the sauce.

As taste is so subjective, it's great to have feedback from others.

Thanks for writing!

Eric