October 20th: JR's Bar-B-Q Sauce Range
Bar-B-Q Sauce? Mustard? Ketchup? … on a chocolate review site!?? No folks you aren't looking at the wrong website. Today I'm taking some time out from my favourite sugar and cocoa laden treats and I'm entertaining some wonderful condiments sent to me by my good pals @Americansoda. Apologies if you were expecting the former, however I couldn't help myself when offered the opportunity to try their UK exclusive stock of JR's Bar-B-Q Sauces, Main Event Mustard and Chipotle Ketchup.
Now I'm not going to skirt around the issue here - this may look like the ultimate in all 'sell out' advertising blog posts but I genuinely was gagging to try these as I harbour the secret of being a rather big wrestling fan in my younger days. I don't watch WWF/WWE half as much as I used to (*ahem lie *ahem) but I still catch the occasional show and I was truly very much in to it in the days of 'Stone Cold Steve Austin', 'The Rock' etc. During this time Jim Ross was THE voice of wrestling, and though he isn't commentating half as much these days, he still is much adored by many wrestling fans around the world. Down the years there have been many funny wrestling skits featuring JR's famous BBQ sauce, though many of them have ended with one unfortunate character taking a 'Bar-B-Q sauce bath' :-) Although the sauce has been used in several comedic spots, the product has also received rave reviews in America which has often left Brits green with envy due to it's limited availability in this country … until now that is …
Enter www.Americansoda.co.uk for the rescue! These guys have managed to secure stock of Good ol' JR's full range of sauces and they can be found HERE on their website. Now being the kind souls they are, they sent me some samples and over the last few days I've been living like a condiment king trying them all out on several different things. Starting off with the Bar-B-Q sauces themselves I tried these out with both chicken and salmon dinners. Using the original variety as a dipping sauce for any chicken based dish is much advisable (fajitas yum!!), though using the hotter variety of the two for marinating a roasted salmon fillet was just as exceptional. I would describe the taste as featuring elements of tomato, peppery chipotle, a touch of fruity sweetness and a large smokey undertone - trust me it's awesome. The 'hot' variety is one to watch out for if you aren't in to spicy food, but if you fancy a little extra chilli pepper kick then it will certainly carry interest.
The Main Event Mustard and Chipotle Ketchup may not be as universally eulogised but I can also recommend these both as very commendable sauces in their own right. The mustard has been a hit with it's sweet and spicy flavour contrast (perfect for frankfurter hot dogs!) and the Chipotle Ketchup has already been useful for adding a little something special for both chip dunking and various cooking ingredients uses.
I'm going to end this post with one last cheap plug for AmericanSoda as I'm sure you can appreciate it goes with the territory. I'm not in the business of misleading my readership so I hope you all see no reason to disbelieve when I say these sauces are 'SLOBBER KNOCKIN GOOD'!! Recommended my friends … now back to the world of chocolate.