Sunday, October 12, 2008

Review: Sa-Mokin BBQ Sauce

Sa-Mokin Barbeque Sauce

Manufacturer Elliott Diversified Industries, LLC
Website (under construction)

Quality **** (4 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.

Sa-Mokin Barbeque Sauce is one of those ‘inside secrets’ for serious BBQ fans. This guy mentions it at a competition. Another cook talks about it in a judges meeting. Someone’s discussed it on one BBQ forum and then you find it another thread on a different forum. Pretty soon you start wondering, is it just hype? How good is this stuff?

I was a bit concerned that I was setting this sauce up to fail. Positive opinions were being fostered by people that I respect. Was the bar being set to high? Thankfully not. Here is the odd thing about the cook-off circuit; serious BBQ competitors don’t like anything that stretches the boundaries. Competitors prefer to use equipment and ingredients that fall within a specific profile but excel at what they do.

Sa-Mokin Barbeque Sauce fits that description. It is a standard style of sauce that is made exceedingly well.

The bottle is glass and holds 18oz of sauce. It’s a nice thick bottle that should ship well. The packaging is pretty plain, with the exception of the caricature of the pig in the zoot suit. The packaging doesn’t stand out amongst a shelf of other sauces and that’s a shame. It would be a mistake to pass it by.

The aroma is standard for a KC style sauce. Nothing really sticks out about it. It has the sweet mix of tomato, vinegar and sugar that is so common in these sauces and none of the ingredients particularly stand out.

The sauce pours easily out of the fairly wide mouthed bottle. It sticks to the meat without a problem and is fairly thick. The dark red color is uniform and opaque.

There is both a front and back heat that acts as a nice counter balance to the sweetness. The heat isn’t strong by any stretch of the imagination and is judiciously applied. There is a lack of peak and valleys in the flavor, but that doesn’t mean that the sauce has no flavor variation. It means that the flavor is consistently excellent. The intensity of the flavor remains the same but has different nuances the longer it remains on the tongue.

The sweetness is pronounced, but it lacks that artificial ‘tang’ and harshness that often accompanies commercial sauces.

If an excellent KC style sauce is what you are looking for, stop your search. One of your best bets is right here. Yes, it’s not offering anything revolutionary or out of left field, but that’s like saying that the Godfather is just a gangster movie. This is a sauce that is at the top of its game. Give it a shot.


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