Sunday, September 14, 2008

Review: Harry and David Sweet Southern

Harry and David Sweet Southern Barbecue Sauce

Manufacturer Harry and David

Quality *** (3.5 out of 5)
Viscosity **** (4 out of 5)
Aroma ** (2.5 out of 5)

Appearance *** (3 out of 5)

Packaging ** (2.5 out of 5)

The majority of the sauces reviewed on the Home of BBQ website are tasted alone and on pulled pork or brisket. On occasion the sauce will be tried with ribs or chicken. If a sauce is labeled as multipurpose it will often be tried with a burger or fries. We always attempt to match the sauce with what it is recommended for on the label. Sadly, I will never try a sauce on steak. It wouldn’t be fair to me or the steak. It would be a degradation to us both.

Harry and David’s Sweet Southern Barbecue Sauce comes in a 17.5 oz glass bottle. The bottle is solid and strong with easy pouring for the sauce. With a subdued orange and tan label, the bottle appearance is elegant and understated. It doesn’t stand out well, but not being sold in supermarkets it doesn’t have to.

The aroma is sweet, with equal parts tomato and fruit aromas. The sauce is a light red, bordering on orange. It has a very thick consistency with great variation in size of ingredients.

Like most products that I’ve tried by Harry and David, the sauce was quite good. The sauce is fairly mild and relatively sweet. Like the best of sauces, the flavor doesn’t detract from the meat. The small chunks of ingredients add to the overall experience. This is a good tasting sauce that would be as welcome on chicken as it would on pork or brisket.

If you are looking for a sweet, slightly fruity sauce; this is for you.