Thursday, October 23, 2008

Review: Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Manufacturer Traeger (Rocky Mountain Products)

Quality ** (2.5 out of 5)
Viscosity *** (3 out 5)
Aroma ** (2 out of 5)

Appearance *** (3 out of 5)

Packaging ** (2 out of 5)

This sauce is part of the Traeger Signature line of spices and sauces. It seems to have the imprimatur of Terry Bradshaw.

The labeling here is a bit of a mess. Half of Bradshaw’s face is shown (the rest is truncated by the end of the label. That image is in full color. The background for the label is plain white. The lettering for the Traeger logo is in black and the sauce description is in red. Terry Bradshaw’s signature is on the label, but it’s not the clearest signature and there is no other mention of his name.

I purchased the sauce for $7.95 and it came in a solid glass bottle. The sauce poured easily out of the 13oz. bottle. Clearly the bottle was the best part of the presentation.

The aroma was fairly mild. The tell-tale tomato, sugar and vinegar were all present, but nothing was particularly prominent. The aroma didn’t match the taste (which can be fine, sometimes that’s a nice surprise) and it didn’t do anything to stick out or give the person using the sauce something to latch onto. It was rather ‘blah’.

The sauce was fairly thick. On the ‘drip test’ it held to the meat well if you suspended a piece of pork with sauce on it over your plate. Very little succumbed to the efforts of gravity. The sauce itself was a darkish red with little variation. This seems to be the standard of late. The consistency was a bit grainier than normal, which I actually enjoyed.

The taste was way too mild for me. It lacked any distinction from bourbon and the honey was overwhelmed by the tomato. I appreciate the fact that the sauce was less sweet than most commercial sauces, but it didn’t offer anything else to separate itself.

I like Traeger the company and I also like their products. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend this one.