Southern Spicy Sweet Shed Spread from The Shed

Not too long ago, The Shed re-released their suite of sauces and marinades with a new label and a “junk free” declaration.  I’ll go through each of the offerings I was sent by the great folks at The Shed in individual blog posts.  Today let’s check out the Southern Spicy Sweet Shed Spread.

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I’ve had the honor of meeting the folks from The Shed briefly last year at Memphis in May, and I hope to do so again this year.  In the past, I’ve reviewed their Kinky Asian Marinade and had their Spicy Orange Sunset Sauce as part of a spicy wing throwdown on HotSauceDaily.  I also had the chance to check out their Ocean Springs location prior to it burning down and being rebuilt.  So I was looking forward to trying this out!

The Sauce

Ingredients: brown sugar, water, tomato paste, molasses, vinegar, salt, spices, garlic powder, onion powder, hot sauce, citric acid, mustard, jalapeno pepper, natural smoke flavor, lemon juice concentrate, turmeric, spice extractives, habanero pepper, carrot powder.  Gluten-free and apparently HFCS-free.  Definitely positives for people who look for that sort of thing.

As usual, I evaluate the sauce against my three A’s: Appearance, Aroma, and A Taste.

Appearance: maroon red in color, very thick texture but pours out pretty quickly, fairly smooth consistency
Aroma: sweetness and a bit of spice on the nose, very rich smell
A Taste: sweetness… buttery rich sweetness, heat (but not too much heat), hints of chili powder, natural smoke flavor is present but not overpowering

The Results

Chris at NibbleMeThis also has a great review of this sauce, so I would suggest checking it out!  For this review, I stuck to the basics – grilled chicken.  I used the sauce in two different ways – as a dipping sauce and as a finishing sauce.  This sauce works very nicely as a finishing sauce on chicken, and I suspect it would do the same on pork chops and ribs as well.  The sauce thickened up very nicely when used as a finishing sauce, giving the chicken a great color.  The heat was definitely more noticeable when the sauce was used as a dipping sauce, and the heat level toned down a bit when the sauce was used as a finishing sauce.  I could use this as my ketchup replacement for French fries.  It’s that tasty!

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The Giveaway

Wait, what!?!  There’s a giveaway??  Sure is!!  Since I have a second bottle of this sauce, let’s do a contest.  The winner will get two bottles of sauce from The Shed – one bottle of Spicy Sweet and one bottle of Spicy Mustard.

I’m going to keep this giveaway simple – simply leave a comment on this blog post.  Bonus points if you say nice things about me Winking smile  The contest will start today and end on Tuesday at 11:59pm EST.  The winner will be picked at random  using Random.org and announced on the Facebook page for Big Wayner’s BBQ Blog the following day.  The winner will have 72 hours to contact me with shipping info, or I’ll draw again.  And sadly, because I’m on a budget, I’ve got to limit this contest to US entrants only. 

Good luck!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alan.bowman.940 Alan Bowman

    Nice job Wayner!

  • Hogs Gone Wild BBQ

    Biggi and I ate at the Shed in Gulf Port, the sauce was incredible. I would really like to try out their bottled sauces. Plus, Wayne Brown ROCKS!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1012715855 Christopher Sorel

    Another great review Wayner!! The sauce is great on chicken

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  • Christy Lee

    Always interested in your food opinions and since I have several family members that will attest to the delicious food at The Shed,would love to try it out…plus you’re awesome :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.burgin.1 Brandon Burgin

    I’m always up for trying new sauces!! You won’t even have to ship it! Just drop it off in Kannapolis!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=767188010 Rae Couch

    I would love to try The Shed Sauces.Even better if Big Wayner would cook me up something yummy!!!! Send some love to East Tennessee! To funny the profile pic that pulled up is my hubby, we won’t let him put the fire out.

  • http://www.nibblemethis.com Chris

    We must have very similar tastes, because I felt the same way. It’s rare I’d buy a sauce but this one, I would.