I get emails every now and then from people talking about various things, whether it’s a BBQ event or a product or something else. I received one email not too long ago that caught my eye. The title of it was simply “Honey Badger BBQ Sauce”. I just had to follow it up. A huge thank you to Leigh Zalusky and the folks behind Honey Badger BBQ Sauce for sending me out a sample to try. So let’s check it out!
The sauce is the creation of Leigh Zalusky, Chris Glaister, and Paul Lees. While they all have a wide variety of backgrounds, they all share a love of outdoor fun and outdoor cooking with friends. Honey Badger BBQ Sauce came about as a result of frustrations experienced with the offerings they found on the market. After 6 months of tinkering and refining, they finally cemented the recipe for Honey Badger BBQ Sauce. If the name sounds familiar to you, it should. The name for the sauce is inspired by the Honey Badger video on YouTube.
Honey Badger BBQ Sauce combines honey and habanero peppers in a tangy BBQ sauce. Their unique calling card (and the primary reason for their Kickstarter campaign) is the “badass bottle, featuring a snarling Honey Badger locked in combat with a deadly Cobra.”
When judging and reviewing a new sauce, I use three different criteria: appearance, aroma, and a taste. They’re very straightforward criteria that cover how people eat – with their eyes, their noses, and their taste buds. So let’s take a look…
- Appearance: thick consistency, dark red color, pours out slowly
- Aroma: sweet and tangy aroma
- A Taste: balance of honey sweetness and tang, slow building heat that hits a crescendo at a medium heat level, heat lingers for a while
Wings. I’ve been on a wings kick lately. I had a dozen wings set back, so I figured this would be a good way to test out the sauce. My original plan was to go half and half on the wings – half would get the sauce as a finishing sauce on the grill, while the other half would get tossed in the sauce.
The sauce was applied to the wings during the last 10 minutes of grilling.
Just to see how the sauce would hold up in the grilling process, I did a side-by-side comparison of a grilled wing versus a wing that was tossed in the sauce. As you can see in the picture below (the grilled wing on the left, the tossed wing on the right), there is virtually no discernable difference in appearance.
The taste, however, is a bit different. When the sauce was cooked on the wings on the grill, the tang faded back to the background, allowing the honey flavor to be more prevalent. The heat was also toned down a bit but still present. When the wings were tossed in the sauce, the heat was a little more prevalent as was the tang.
With a few of the wings with the sauce cooked on still present, I decided to throw in a third style. I decided to toss the wings in the sauce after cooking the sauce on the wings. This technique gave the most punch to the flavor, allowing both the honey sweetness and the tang to shine. This also showcased the heat in the sauce much more.
So Honey Badger BBQ Sauce… catchy name, and definitely a tasty sauce! Right now they are running a Kickstarter campaign to get their sauce business started. As of this writing, they were $11,000 short of their goal with 11 days remaining. The final day to contribute is August 31st, so pitch in to make this a reality!
Kickstarter URL: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1741354615/honey-badger-bbq-sauce-0