Sunday, June 7, 2009

Review: The BBQ Shack Sauce

BBQ Sauce of the Month Club


The BBQ Shack Southern Flavored

Manufacturer The BBQ Shack

Quality *** (3.5 out of 5)
Viscosity ** (2.5 out of 5) This is a measure of thickness, not quality
Aroma ** (2 out of 5)

Appearance ** (2.5 out of 5)

Packaging *** (3.5 out of 5)

The BBQ Shack

If you are a fan of the Food Network, there is a good chance that you have seen The BBQ Shack. Featured on ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ with Guy Fieri, The BBQ Shack is located right outside of Kansas City. The location gives us hope for a quality sauce. Let’s see if they live up to that promise.

The sauce comes in a thick, glass bottle and pours out easily. Fairly loose for a KC style sauce, it’s still thick enough to avoid pooling. The bottle holds 16 oz of sauce, which is a generous amount and is on the upper end of most sauces. The labeling is a standout, with a folksy image of a shack and a wrap around label that stands out amongst other sauces.

When you smell the sauce, the first thing that hits is the ketchup. Following quickly is the ‘tang’ of vinegar, which makes sense as those are the first two ingredients. The aroma is fairly standard and aside from those two initial components, nothing really stands out.

A rich red color, the sauce has flecks of black pepper that are speckled throughout. There is not textural variance to speak of and the pepper is the only ingredient offer visual variance.

With a rich, earthy base; the sauce differentiates itself in taste much more than it does in aroma. Belying its rather mundane ingredient list, the sauce is a surprisingly good representation of the standard KC style. Not as sweet as most sauces of its ilk, The BBQ Shack’s sauce offers a mild spice and a deepness (possibly from the molasses) that is appreciated. As the sweetness is toned down, there is a lack of the treacle mouth feel often associated with glucose syrup (the fourth ingredient).

With a flavor that is strong enough to stand up to any meat, The BBQ Shack Southern Flavored would be a worthy addition to your cupboard.

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. For quality sauces that are difficult to find elsewhere, it seems like a bargain. In early July I will have had enough of a sample to comment knowledgeably on their shipping.

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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