A Trio of Tastings: Three Sauces for your Reviewing Pleasure

Normally in blog posts where I review sauces, I usually only review one at a time.  However, I did at one time do a multi-sauce review.  In some ways, I enjoy doing this kind of review.  It’s a natural behavior for humans to want to compare and contrast product.  Having said that… let’s grill some pork chops!  From left to right, the sauces are: Daigle’s Sweet Habanero Rib Sauce, Nephew’s Ghostly Pumpkin BBQ Sauce, and Doomer’s Dark “Q” Sauce.

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I like a good pork chop.  It’s almost the perfect blank canvas when trying not a new sauce or rub.  That is why it is so often my meat of choice when doing a review.  Okay, enough of me flapping my chops…  on to the sauces!!

Daigle’s Sweet Habanero Rib Sauce

Out of the three sauces reviewed here today, Daigle’s Sweet Habanero Rib Sauce was probably the most “traditional” BBQ sauce.  But please don’t misconstrue that statement for me saying that it’s bland.  This sauce from Louisiana is packing some serious heat!  If you wince at the thought of jalapenos or habaneros, then you’ll probably want to avoid this sauce.  However, if you like it on the spicy side, this sauce will suit you just fine.

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Naked Observations:Pours out with a fairly thick viscosity.  Dark red color.  Spices are visible on close examination.  Sweet with a pretty potent heat factor.
To the Meat of the Matter:Thickened up adequately on the chops.  Left a nice tingle.  This sauce was my wife’s favorite.  Works great as a finishing sauce.

Doomer’s Dark “Q” Sauce

This sauce from Maryland holds true to the style of the other sauces in the Doomer’s line.  The big difference maker here?  It’s chocolate.  What!?!  Yes… chocolate!  I was a little apprehensive about trying this sauce.  But needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised.  The chocolate flavor (which is not overpowering) works in good harmony with the rest of the sauce.

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Naked Observations:Pours out thinner than a typical KC style sauce.  Aromas of chocolate and pepper.  Chocolate flavor blends in nicely with the tomato, vinegar, and pepper.  It works surprisingly well!
To the Meat of the Matter:Be liberal with this sauce.  Coats thin on meat.  Nice balanced flavors.  Intriguing to both my wife and myself.

Nephew’s Ghostly Pumpkin BBQ Sauce

Out of all of the sauces tested out, this was the one that was the most distinctive in terms of flavor profiles.  It’s not very often (or ever) that you see pumpkin as a primary ingredient of BBQ sauce.  If you are a person whose view of BBQ sauce is the traditional “dark red, thick, sweet and smokey” sauce, then this sauce is probably not for you.  If you are the type who enjoys unique flavors, then you’ll love this.  Don’t be afraid of the presence of ghost chili peppers in this sauce – the heat is balanced out and does not overpower at all.

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Naked Observations:Very thick viscosity – almost chunky.  Interesting and tasty blend of pumpkin, tomato, and ghost pepper.  Just enough heat for non-heat lovers.
To the Meat of the Matter:Be generous with this sauce and let it do it’s magic.  Excellent pumpkin flavor which will make it versatile in usage.  Wife did not like this sauce, but I loved it!

So there you have it!  Another saucy trio review in the works. If you’d like more information on these sauces, check out the links below.

Let me know what you think of this review format!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=607733501 Kevin Byrd

    Curious about the Doomers sauce. You said it has chocolate in it. Have you ever had Mexican dish with Mole in it? I was wonder if it tasted kind of like that.

    • http://www.bigwaynerbbq.com Wayne Brown

      Think less Mole and more Hershey’s, as in a touch of chocolate syrup. It’s crazy, but it works!

  • http://twitter.com/DaigleFamilyCo Daigle Family Co

    Thanks for the Great review!