Monday, January 5, 2009

Review: D.L. Jardines's Buckin' Berry

Buckin’ Berry Medium

Manufacturer Jardine Foods Inc.

Quality *** (3 out of 5)
Viscosity **** (4 out of 5) This is a measure of thickness, not quality
Aroma **** (4.5 out of 5)

Appearance *** (3.5 out of 5)

Packaging *** (3 out of 5)

I had formulated my opinion on this sauce and was ready to type up this review when I realized that I wasn’t being fair to the manufacturer or to the potential reader. I was going to review this as a BBQ sauce, when it doesn’t claim to be that. It labels itself as a raspberry chipotle sauce. It’s not fair to offer a critique on something that the manufacturer never claims it to be. I went back and tried to reapproach the review with a more objective point of view.

The sauce comes in a 16oz jar that seems to have become de rigueur for the industry of late. The quality of the glass used by sauce manufacturers has increased dramatically over the passed couple of years. The glass is thick and the opening has a wide enough aperture to allow the sauce to pour easily.

The labeling is minimalistic in a successful fashion. There is a plain white label with a black and white drawing of a ranch cook working outside his wagon. The text is in either red or black and there is a gold border surrounding the label.

The aroma is amazing. Clearly one of the finest I have experienced to date. You pick up the sweetness, the raspberry and the chipotle.

The very thick sauce has a dark, red color that is a harbinger of the raspberry flavor that is to come. There are seeds and other ingredients that are visible in the sauce. This product is very visually appealing, with the only detraction being the high sheen given off due to the cane sugar. The gloss is a bit much.

The sauce is oddly too sweet while also being mild in taste. The raspberry flavor takes a back seat to the sweetness and the chipotle is detectable, but not a major player. The thickness and sugar content suggests that this would be best used as a glaze than a true sauce for our purposes. It has the consistency and sugar content of a jam that you would purchase at a craft fair.

As a glaze or with a cheese spread I can see this being a winner. If the sugar was toned down and the chipotle/raspberry were pumped up, I would be happy to use this regularly. As it is, this sauce will find a near permanent home in the back of my refrigerator until it’s time to clean it out.

General Notes:

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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