Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Review: Stubbs Smokey Mesquite

Stubbs Smokey Mesquite Sauce

Manufacturer Stubbs Bar-B-Q
Website www.stubbsbbq.com

Quality ** (2 out of 5)
Viscosity *** (3.5 out of 5
Aroma ** (2 out of 5)

Appearance ** (2.5 out of 5)

Packaging *** (3 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.

We were on such a nice streak. Two very good BBQ sauces in a row, preceded by a nice all purpose sauce. Oh well, all good things must come to an end.

The sauce comes in a thick glass bottle that holds 18oz of sauce. The sauce pours fairly easily in spite of its substantial viscosity.

A sweetly artificial odor wafts off this sauce practically screaming ‘chemicals’. The corn sweeteners that are used in most commercial sauces often detract from the aroma and taste, but not to this degree.

The sauce has an excellent viscosity if you are going for a KC style as opposed to a Memphis style. If the rest of the sauce measured up to the viscosity this sauce would be a winner.

The dark red coloring has no variation and is pretty opaque. There isn’t much to see here and on a sauce that is opaque and thick, that’s not good.

There is a slightly smokey flavor to the sauce but I couldn’t detect any mesquite. The sauce is overly sweet and the sweetness is annoying in intensity and quality. I hate to go back to the overly used ‘cloying’, but it works.

This was my second variety of Stubbs sauce and it will be my last.



Pigtrip said...

Cloy away, my friend! If it works, it works.