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Uncle Joe’s BBQ Sauce-In-A-Bag

Sunday, 8 May 2011 20:32 by nico
Two weeks ago I took part in a Friday Giveway contest on BBQ Sauce Reviews in order to win two packages of Uncle Joe’s BBQ rub and a recipe book. I was amongst the lucky winners and Sandy, owner of Uncle Joe’s, was kind enough to send me the package overseas. And I got quite surprised when I realized I received more stuff than expected ! I’ll have the opportunity to taste their complete range of products Uncle Joe’s can be used as a BBQ rub (a mixture of spices applied to the meat before cooking) or mixed to ketchup and liquid (water, apple juice, beer, cola, …) to make a barbecue sauce. It’s really fun to make because you can choose the amount of ketchup and liquid you use and even add more spices so the sauce fits your personal taste. I tried the Honey Mesquite and Chipotle flavours to make  two sauces based on the standard ratio mentioned on the package (2 tbsp. ketchup – I used Heinz, 4 tbsp. Uncle Joe’s, 6 tbsp. water). I used the Chipotle sauce on chicken skewers. It has a really nice colour and consistency (not too thick and not too thin) and a good smoky smell. Cold, it tastes very “round” at first with a strong tomato taste, and then come the spicy chilli peppers. The spicy kick stays after cooking. I used the Honey Mesquite sauce on ribs. Again, really nice color and consistency. The honey gives a really nice sweet taste, followed by a subtle spicy kick (which disappears a bit after cooking). It was perfect on the ribs and all the guests liked it ! [YUMMY UPDATE] : This looks disgusting compared to the next picture !   I still have to taste the Original Blend and Southwest flavours, but the Chipotle and furthermore the Honey Mesquite are delicious ! I’d also like to test them as rub and to make sauce with a different liquid base like cola or Chimay beer… so I’ll certainly talk about Uncle Joe’s again ! Unfortunately they are available only in the US, if you want more information about the resellers, check out www.unclejoesbbq.com [YUMMY UPDATE] I had another try with the Honey Mesquite and Chipotle flavours. I used apple juice as a base for the Honey Mesquite one, and cola for the Chipotle one. Naturally, it gave a much sweeter taste to the sauces. Honey Mesquite and apple juice gave a really beautiful caramel consistency during cooking. For the ribs, I put in practice the indirect cooking, which completely changed the taste of the meat. I will definitely use this method every time I cook ribs !   From top to bottom: ribs with Honey Mesquite, ribs with honey marinade, ribs with homemade bbq sauce For the chicken skewers, I firstly used the Chipotle dry, as rub, and coated the skewers with sauce at the end of grilling.   Ingredients Honey Mesquite: Sugar, Corn Starch, Chili Peppers, Spices, Garlic, Natural Smoke Flavor, Honey Powder (Honey, Wheat Starch, Calcium Stearate and Lecithin), Vinegar Powder (Maltodextrin, Modified Food Starch and White Distilled Vinegar), Paprika and Silicon Dioxide Ingredients Chipotle: Sugar, Corn Starch, Chili Peppers, Spices, Garlic, Hickory Smoke Flavor (Maltodextrin, Natural Smoke Flavor and Hydrated Silicon Dioxide), Vinegar Powder (Maltodextrin, Modified Food Starch and White Distilled Vinegar), Paprika, Molasses Powder (Molasses, Wheat Starchn Silicon Dioxide) and Silicon Dioxide Nutrition information per serving 1/4 tsp: Protein: 0g (2g in Honey Mesquite) Carbohydrates : 0g Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0g Sodium: 0g
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Tiptree Barbecue Sauce

Thursday, 27 May 2010 06:06 by nico
A new sauce to taste, finally ! By seeing the bottle and label, we instantly noticed that this English sauce would be really different from what we’re used to taste and buy.   The glass bottle lets you see the sauce’s deep red colour and by flipping it, it becomes clear that the sauce is mainly made of tomato puree. The label at the back is as simple as the front one, showing the list of ingredients… and no sign of preservatives, modified corn starch, artificial colors and flavors etc.. All natural and GMO free ! Opening the bottle reveals a sweet smell of peppers, vinegar and tomato. The sauce really tastes sweet and sour at the same time, and leaves a slight tangy feeling on the tongue. Really excellent with potato croquettes No super sweet, sticky and smokey flavour but rather the type of sauce you could cook yourself at home with fresh and natural ingredients ! It's a really good surprise and I would be curious to taste their other sauces. More info on Tiptree on http://www.tiptree.com And thanks to Cha & Alyne for finding this one at Rob Gourmets’ Market (posh supermarket in Brussels) Ingredients: Sugar, red and green peppers, honey, wine vinegar, onion, gelling agent: pectin, tomato puree, spices, salt, garlic, chilli, mustard powder  
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Morten Heiberg Barbecue Sauce

Monday, 18 January 2010 04:56 by nico
Hej og godt nytår ! * Long time no see… Let’s hope that we will be able to write more reviews in 2010 than in 2009 Last time, we reviewed a sauce our friend Fix brought us back from New York, and last summer our friends Ingrid and Lionel brought us back a sauce from Danemark, that’s the one we’re going to talk about today: Morten Heiberg “Original Dansk Kvalitet” Barbecue Sauce. First of all, the packaging is really cool and eye candy. Simple, sober, original with a shiny flame standing in the middle of the label. Its deep red color is not bad either and the logo+color's combination makes you think that it’s spicy inside. The sweet and vinegar smell is also great and the sauce is not really thick. Unfortunately, it doesn’t taste like expected: it’s rather bland; the only thing that stands out is a shy spicy kick. Maybe that it would be a better sauce for grilling than for dipping. In the end, we could say that Danish people are better in making Lego’s than barbecue sauces ! Sorry about the ingredients but they’re only listed in Danish and I’m not that good at Danish... so here’s the picture: * Hello and happy new year
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Sweet Baby Ray’s – Honey Barbecue Sauce

Thursday, 1 October 2009 06:37 by nico and marie
Yiiiiihaaaaaaa, we’re back on track ! Sorry for having been away the last 3 months but we've had a very busy summer (see previous post) Friends of us brought us back some bbq sauces from holidays that we hadn't the time to taste yet, so let’s start with the sauce that our mate Fix brought us back from NY last spring: Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue Sauce !   When I read the review of this sauce (well, the regular one) on bbqsaucereviews, I was quite impatient to tasting it because of its great score of 4/5. Its smell reveals a delightful smokey and vinegar aroma… what a good start ! (Marie : and a SO sweet aroma as well !!!). And its taste is really sweet (well, I just told you the smell was too sweet ), it’s almost like maple syrup barbecue sauce, but still has a good tangy/spicy aftertaste. The sauce is also very thick and sticky. I wanted to try it hot, so I poured it on sliced chicken breast when they were grilling in the pan… oh gosh, it turned into caramel, I also had the feeling of eating asian-style caramel chicken; it was perfect with some “Ranch Style” baked beans and oven-cooked tomatoes.   Even if this sauce is apparently a mass market product, you can read its story on the back label: “In 1985, my brother, Chef Larry Raymond perfected the family’s recipe and entered our sweet and tangy barbecue sauce into the country’s largest rib cookoff. He named it after the nickname I got while playing basketball on Chicago’s West Side - “Sweet Baby Ray”. The sauce is so fine, the taste beat out nearly 700 entries in the riboff. Within a year, Larry and I, along with our high school friend Mike O’Brien, formed a company around our award-winning sauce and our simple philosophy about barbecue “The Sauce Is The Boss.”   Website: http://www.sweetbabyrays.com Oh and by the way, you can now access the site also via www.bbqsauce.be ! Ingredients: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Vinegar, Tomato Paste, Honey, Modified Food Starch, Contains less than 2% of: Salt, Natural Flavor, Caramel, Pineapple Juice Concentrate, Spices, Sodium Benzoate as a preservative, Natural Smoke Flavor, Molasses, Garlic, Corn Syrup, Sugar, Taramind. Nutrition information per serving (37g): Calories: 70 Total Fat: 0g Sodium: 300mg Total Carbohydrate: 17g Sugars: 15g Protein: 0g Vitamin C Iron
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Wednesday, 17 June 2009 07:01 by nico
This evening, we organised a death match between 3 sauces you can find in junk food restaurants in Belgium:  #1: McDonalds barbecue sauce #2: Quick barbecue sauce   #3: Hector Chicken barbecue sauce They fought bravely against each other, a gang of homemade nuggets playing the sheriffs. And the winner is *drum roll*, McDonalds barbecue sauce ! Why that ?  The Hector Chicken smells like an ashtray and tastes like a juice made out of old socks. Ugh ! The Quick one is made by the same company as the Hector one, Gyma, but it’s not the same; and even if it’s not as disgusting, it smells the vinegar too much and tastes nothing but sour. In comparison, the McDonalds one has a good smokey and sweet smell, a great colour and a really sweet taste and it has the best packaging amongst the three: simple, clean, nice color and shiny helvetica bold. Too bad they don’t sell it in bottles, we would definitely buy some ! Watch out for more death matchs ! Maybe against Dominoes Pizza barbecue sauce or Burger King barbecue sauce. By the way, the best bbq sauce we’ve tasted so far was in Burger King in Nyugati tér station in Budapest Quick sauce ingredients: Water, sugar, tomato puree, vinegar, plant oil, salt, mustard (water, mastard seed, vinegar, salt, E330, E224, spices), modified maize starch, onion, flavourings (flavouring, salt, water, dextrose, color: E150d, dextrose, maltodextrin), acid: E330, conservatives: E202 and E270, spices. Contains sulphites. Hector chicken sauce ingredients: Water, sugar, tomato puree, vinegar, red wine vinegar (conservative E220), modified cornflour, salt, worcestershire sauce, colour: E150a, spices, acid: E330, flavourings. Contains suphites, soya McDonalds sauce ingredients: Sugar syrup, tomato puree, water, glucose-fructose syrup, vinegar, red wine vinegar, salt, modified cornflour, caramel syrup, spices (mustard, celery), plant oil, thickener E415, smoke flavour.
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