Friday, May 22, 2009

Review: Richard's Barbecue Sauce (mild)

BBQ Sauce of the Month Club


Sauce 2 of 2

Richard's Barbecue Sauce (mild)

Manufacturer Richard’s Sauces

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

Appearance **** (4 out of 5)

Packaging *** (3.5 out of 5)

Let’s start with the ingredient list as we did with our last review. The first ingredient is tomato concentrate. The sweeteners come next with corn syrup leading the way. Not a good sign. Thankfully, the next ingredient is brown sugar, followed up by molasses. A mixed bag here, making it hard to draw any conclusions from just the ingredients.

The sauce comes in a tapered, 19oz bottle. Pouring easily, the sauce is of about medium thickness, pretty close the KC style standard. The bottle has a white label with a folksy caricature of a pig, cow and chicken (the BBQ triumvirate). The ‘cartoony’ lettering and the images help the bottle to stand out.

The aroma of the sauce is similar to ketchup, but a bit sweeter with a little kick to it. The aroma is pleasant and fairly strong. A dark red, the sauce has small ‘bumps’ in it that I believe are made from minced onions.

This is a sweet sauce and it is, indeed, mild. Not always equating to subtle, mild sauces can often be versatile and go well with the stronger meats. This is the case with Richard’s Barbecue Sauce. There is a very slight lingering heat, but other than that the flavors blend together well. I would have enjoyed a little separation of flavor that would allow the tamarind or garlic to ‘pop’ but the sauce works fine as it is.

The anchovies and molasses add a strong, earthy base essence that rounds out the other flavors.

This is a good sauce that I would be happy to find on the table at my next BBQ. I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase it when this bottle was empty, but I would certainly want to check out there hot and hottest varieties.

Repeated from 1st BBQ Sauce of the Month review:

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).


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