Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Review: Burning Asphalt Honey Smoked

BBQ Sauce of the Month Club


The BBQ Sauce of the Month Club sends its constituents 2 sauces every month. The cost for a one year membership comes out to roughly $9.00 a bottle and that includes shipping. It’s hard for me to evaluate the overall value as we are in the first month that I have been participating. For quality sauces that are difficult to find elsewhere, it seems like a bargain.

Along with the sauce there is a brief newsletter that talks about the current months selections. The sauces arrive well packed in a cardboard box. Their site (see above for link) claims that they test dozens of sauces a month (at a minimum). This volume would seem to allow them room for selectivity.

Aside from delivery to your door and the screening by their tasters, you also have the benefit of receiving a discount on purchases of sauces that you particularly like and would enjoy more of. It seems that the discount varies, but the courteous salesperson I spoke with when enquiring said that they would be happy to let a member know what the discount would be if they gave them a call (see above for phone number).

Sauce 1 of 2

Burning Asphalt Honey Smoked BBQ Sauce

Manufacturer Burning Asphalt Sauces llc.

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

Appearance **** (4 out of 5)

Packaging ** (2 out of 5)

The manufacturer considers this a very mild, KC style sauce. The ingredient list offers hope and indications that this is going to be an excellent sauce. Honey is the second ingredient, following only tomatoes. There is no corn syrup in site, but orange marmalade is prominent. I’m getting a good feeling about this sauce.

This sauce pours -v e r y s l o w l y- from a thick, 12 oz. bottle. The bottle labeling is fairly plain with a white background a corporate image of a car burning its wheels. The lettering is shades of brown. If the taste lives up to the ingredient list, the labeling doesn’t do the flavor justice. It would be very easy to pass by this sauce on the shelf.

As you might infer from the pouring comment, this is a very thick sauce. Clearly one of the thickest sauces we have reviewed, the sauce avoids pooling and needs to be brushed carefully to ensure that it spreads evenly. Aside from food starch and the thickening agents that may be in the marmalade, I found nothing else that would enhance the viscosity.

The aroma is a heady blend of the honey, tomato and marmalade. It isn’t as bold as most KC (ketchup based) style sauces, but it is much more enjoyable. The strength of the aroma is a close match to the strength of the flavor.

The bits and pieces found in the sauce make for a great variation in the mouth feel. I can’t tell if it is the marmalade or the onions, but there is a pliant crunch that accompanies the smoothness of the rest of the sauce. Again, this is a very nice distinction from the majority of sauces on the market.

Mild but with a distinct back heat, the sauces main flavor components are the fruity sweetness and the tomatoes. Although I enjoyed it with the pork I used for the review, this sauce would be best on poultry. This is an excellent, sweet sauce that I would be happy to use again and again. The fruit flavor offers a different profile than most fruit based sauces. I’m not sure where the separation is, but it tastes more natural for some reason.

This is a great sauce for poultry, and if the manufacturer amped up the flavors and heat level it would be excellent for stronger meats, such as brisket. Let’s hope that this is being worked on.


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