Monday, December 1, 2008

Review: Southern Gold Honey BBQ Sauce

Southern Gold Honey BBQ Sauce

Manufacturer Maurice’s Gourmet Barbeque

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

Appearance ** (2.5 out of 5)

Packaging *** (3.5 out of 5)

Viscosity *** (2 out 5) ‘Viscosity’ is NOT a measure of quality. It is how thick the sauce is (1 watery, 5 very thick).

Maurice’s Gourmet Barbeque is a company that has a group of restaurants, a catering division and a series of BBQ products. They are located in South Carolina, which gave me great hope for this sauce.

Regular readers will know that mustard vinegar sauces are my hands down favorite. I was clearly predisposed to liking this sauce.

There were 18 oz of sauce in the sturdy bottle. The sauce poured easily out of the thick glass and stuck nicely to the meat. The sauce came out rather quickly, so keep an eye out while pouring.

There is no escaping the fact that this is a mustard sauce with a strong emphasis on the mustard. When you open the bottle the aroma of straight mustard wafts out and almost assails the nostrils. It certainly overpowers the aroma of whatever it is used on.

The coloring is pretty much standard mustard yellow, with no variation.

The sauce is not bad. I know that is damning with faint praise, but I can’t muster up much more enthusiasm. If you went into your closet, picked out some mustard and added a bit of honey from your pantry you would have a sauce that is at least as good. There is no depth of flavor. There is no nuance. This is hugely surprising, as the primary ingredient is cider vinegar.

If you were basing your evaluation on the ingredients list, this sauce would be spectacular. Unfortunately (in this case), we have to make our judgments based on taste.

This was a disappointment. Save your money.