Thursday, July 31, 2008

REVIEW: Fork & Halo Heavenly Hickory Sauce

Fork and Halo Heavenly Hickory Sauce

Manufacturer Wicked Good BBQ

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

Appearance *** (3 out of 5)

Packaging **** (4 out of 5)

The sauce reviews for the Home of BBQ are done with meat that is almost always cooked low and slow over hickory and apple. On occasion, the sauce will also be evaluated as a dipping sauce if the manufacturer lists it as such.

The sauce is a strong red color and comes in a glass bottle. There is a nice viscosity and the sauce pours well. It is thick enough to adhere to the meat without being ‘gloopy’.* It is slightly too loose to merit a ‘4’, but it does the job.

The aroma here is a bit stronger than their base sauce, which accounts for the jump from a 2.5 to a 3. The aroma is sweet and offers hints of the ‘hickory’ flavor in the sauce.

I was presented with an interesting problem with this sauce. Heavenly Hickory is a bit too sweet for my tastes. So, what do I do? Similar to encountering the same problem when judging at BBQ competitions, the answer is to try to judge sauce on its own merits. Regardless of my own preferences, is the sauce well made?

The answer is yes.

In addition to the sweetness that you normally find in sweet sauces, I also found an interesting and welcome molasses flavor. It may have been a bit more pronounced by the maillard reaction from the meat, but it provided a nice ‘base’ for the other sweet flavors to build on.

What helps me to appreciate this sauce is that the sweetness is not cloying and the flavors are layered and not overwhelming. The ‘hickory’ flavor sits at the rear of your tongue as the sweetness dances along the edges. The heat found in the sauce outlasts the sweetness and rewards the taster that gives proper attention to each mouthful.

For those that enjoy sweeter sauces, Fork and Halo’s Heavenly Hickory Sauce is an unqualified success.

*Repeated from the ‘Original Sin’ review