Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Review: Picky Vicki Brazenly Bold

Picky Vicki Brazenly Bold

Manufacturer Ribs ‘N Things LLC

Quality *** (3.5 out of 5)
Viscosity ** (2 out of 5) This is a measure of thickness, not quality
Aroma **** (4 out of 5)
Appearance *** (3 out of 5)
Packaging *** (3 out of 5)

A couple of odd, quick notes to get started. Picky Vicki’s website is not as listed on the bottle and I would assume listed elsewhere. As noted above, it is or It gets more confusing. The site at the .com address is barebones to the core, going so minimalistic that you can’t even order the sauces there (as a matter of fact, it didn’t even list the sauce we are reviewing as existing). The .net site is an attractive landing place, with a nice logo and product images.

Ordering from here seems like it would be simple and easy. I would assume that you would just click on the image and it would take you to an order form. Unfortunately, that is not the case. After poking around on the site, I can’t figure out how to order the sauces. There is no ordering page, the images aren’t linkable to an online store and there is no separate page listing retail outlets. I’m hoping that they are just starting out and this will be rectified soon, as this sauce deserves to be in the marketplace. To wrap-up the confusion, the phone number is listed (on both sites), but I called three times and had someone answer once.

The bottle is fairly large at 18oz. It is a thick, serviceable container that allows the sauce to pour easily. The labeling is a little dark, with a brown background image, red stylized lettering, and a slightly less dark tab under the main image with the name of the sauce. All of this is against the very dark sauce.

Aside from the muddled aspect of the color, the packaging is attractive. There is an image of (I assume) Vicki winking at the viewer while holding a spatula and wearing an apron. The image is welcoming and warm. There is a biographical snippet about Vicki on the bottle that establishes her southern roots and family centered background.

The sauce has a strong and enjoyable bouquet that offers hints of the vinegar and spice. The aroma mimics the flavor of the sauce well and is an excellent indicator of what is to come. The sweetness is muted, the spice is accented and the tomato offers a nice base.

The full name of the sauce is Brazenly Bold Robust BBQ Sauce. That’s fairly accurate. The sauce isn’t as sweet as I had feared with four types of sweetener in the first six ingredients. A nice balance was achieved between sweet and savory. The heat is a background presence that makes itself known without being at the forefront of the experience.

I vacillated between a 3 and a 3.5 for quality. If brown sugar had been used instead of corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup I would have vacillated between a 3.5 and a 4.

Picky Vicki has a strong pedigree that is (repeating a theme here), strangely untouted on the website. Their sauce has done well at contests such as the American Royal and the Fiery Foods Challenge.

If you can figure out a way to get your hands on some of their sauce, pick it up. If I hear wind of where it is available, I’ll let you know.

I do the majority of the sauce analysis on this site. I have often been assisted by Will Breakstone of Willie B’s Award Winning BBQ (pitmaster, competitor and caterer). The foods used with the sauces are usually brisket, pulled pork and chicken. On occasion, other foods will be used if recommended by the manufacturer (ex. burgers, fries, meatloaf, etc.).

Most of the food used for the reviews is cooked on a Weber Smoky Mountain or a Lang 84. The basic BBQ accoutrements (such as tool sets, chimney starters, etc.) are by Weber. Knives are by Mercer Cutlery. Fuel is either a cherry/oak mix or whatever charcoal I’m in the mood for.


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