Some time back, I was on the hunt for products to review. Someone mentioned to me that I should check out the line of sauces from Daigle Family Co. I got in touch with Ted, and he was gracious enough to send me his sauces for review. Today I’m reviewing the Cajun Sweet Applewood Jalapeno BBQ Sauce.
The line of sauces started out humbly enough. Ted’s parents were introduced to a particularly tasty sweet and sour rib recipe. As Ted and his brother grew, the sweet and sour sauce was used more and more as a basting sauce on various dishes as well as a dipping sauce on the side. It became a hit at various Christmas parties and gatherings… so much so that people were always wanting the Daigle family to bottle their sauce. The result of their ambition is a line of sauces that appeal to a wide range of tastes.
The bottle is a tall, slim bottle with a predominantly green label. The graphics on the label are definitely attractive enough — they present a very classy product.
As you can see from the sauce swatch above, the sauce is a deep dark red color. Looking close, you can see some of spices in the sauce. It pours out nice and thick. A taste test reveals a sweet, smokey flavor with just a hint of tingle from heat. This sauce won’t overpower in heat levels, but does just enough to let you know that there is some spice to it. If your palate is sensitive to spice and heat, this will be a good spicy sauce for you.
To the Meat of the Matter
I tried this sauce out in a couple of different ways. The first way — spicy stuffed burgers! I stuffed a couple of 1/2 lb. burgers with some coarsely chopped jalapeno peppers and some pepper jack cheese.
I lit about 1/3 of a chimney full of charcoal in the Weber. The burgers cooked on one side for 10 minutes with a grill press on top, after which I flipped and cooked the burgers on the other side for 10 more minutes. After the second 10 minutes, I sauced the burgers liberally with the sauce
And let me tell you… that was a FANTASTIC burger!
The sauce thickened up nicely on the meat and gave just the right amount of sweetness to complement the savory and spicy flavors. I was a happy, happy man when I took a bite of this beauty. I also used the sauce on some leftover meatloaf. Worked like a charm!
If you are looking for a sweet, smokey sauce with just a touch of heat, then I definitely recommend this sauce.