Sunday, July 27, 2008

REVIEWS: Fork and Halo Fire & Brimstone

Fork and Halo Fire and Brimstone BBQ Sauce

Manufacturer Wicked Good BBQ

Quality **** (4 out of 5)
Viscosity *** (3 out of 5)
Aroma *** (3 out of 5)

Appearance *** (3 out of 5)

Packaging **** (4 out of 5)

This sauce was used on pulled pork and chicken 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. There is a nice viscosity and the sauce pours well. It is thick enough to adhere to the meat without being ‘gloopy’. *

I’m not sure if it is the inclusion of the habaneros, but the aroma is stronger than Fork and Halo’s Original Sin sauce, but the aroma is not indicative of heat. The aroma is pleasing, but once again not very strong. The bump up from 2.5 stars to 3 reflects the quality of the aroma, not the strength.

Once again, Wicked Good BBQ has produced a sauce that smells, tastes and feels ‘fresh’. The adjective that I used for their ‘original sin’ sauce was that it tastes ‘clean’ and that is just as appropriate to the Fire and Brimstone variety. There is such a distinct lack of artificial ingredients that are so ubiquitous in most sauces that it is almost startling. Sadly, the cloying sweetness and artificial flavors that are so prevalent in sauces on store shelves these days have become the standard.

When listing ingredients for the Fire and Brimstone sauce, habaneros is number six. That is telling. This is clearly not a sauce that derives its heat from extracts or straight capsaicin. The natural flavor profile of the habanero is there in the bottle and it is pretty strong. I usually do tastings with the owner of Willie B’s BBQ. The sauce was too spicy for his tastes. Much. I, on the other hand, was fine with it.

It’s amusing to note that my sole concern with their Original Sin sauce was their description of it having a devilish touch of heat that I wasn’t able to discern. The Fire and Brimstone sauce more than makes up for that.

If you are looking for a sauce with a crisp, natural flavor and a significant kick; this is the sauce for you.

*Repeated from previous review.