Friday, August 8, 2008

REVIEW: Big Ed's BBQ Sauce

Big Ed's BBQ Sauce

Manufacturer Big Ed’s BBQ


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

Appearance *** (3 out of 5)

Packaging ***** (5 out of 5)

This sauce was used on pulled pork 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.

Every product needs to catch your eye. There has to be a reason to give it a shot. You could be marketing a jar of ambrosia BBQ sauce that you climbed down from Mt. Olympus with, but if you can’t get someone to try it, it doesn’t matter.

Big Ed has this problem licked. This sauce had the most interesting package I have ever seen, hands down. Not even close. Not only was the packaging novel, it was useful. First off, the sauce came with an attached basting brush. The brush isn’t large enough for serious mopping on large amounts of meat in a smoker, but it’s perfect for a rack or two of ribs. The bottle itself is plastic and contains 16 oz of sauce. Both ends of the bottle can be used to extract sauce, one end as a squeeze bottle for direct application and the other as a larger opening for basting and brushing.

The sauce has a dark red coloring that is fairly opaque due to the thick viscosity. The sauce is clearly thick, but avoids the ‘sticky’ and ‘gloopy’ trend in some thicker sauces. I’ve mentioned before that I prefer thinner sauces, possibly due to my penchant for vinegar based products; but I enjoyed the feeling of the sauce on the tongue and its adhesion to the meat.

The aroma is very, very mild. I had to remove the sauce from the cooking area in order to reevaluate it. The strongest component seemed to be the vinegar, although this isn’t a vinegar sauce.

The taste is definitely mild and I would have preferred a flavor profile that was a bit more bold. The most pronounced flavor came from the tang of the vinegar. The sauce is sweet, but not overly so. Big Ed’s BBQ Sauce is mild in all respects. Although the flavors are muted, they are well balanced and rounded.

If you enjoy mild sauces and are intrigued by packaging innovations, give Big Ed a try.