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Tongue Tinglin’ Sauce (original flavor) Review

I grilled two beautiful, thick pork chops with Tongue Tinglin’ Sauce. The end result was a complimentary pairing of mild pork and a mix of spices. This sauce is rather complex and has a variety of flavors. The first taste is a touch of sweet, then a plethora of spices, followed by a little heat. I do not generally like sweet flavors but a touch of sweet occasionally can be good. Plus with some sugar, you get beautiful caramelization on your meat. For those who are not big on sweet, I did not find this sauce too sweet, so try it and see what you think. I also did not marinate the chops, I just basted them constantly while on the grill. This sauce grilled beautifully! It caramelized on the meat and created a beautiful reddish amber color. The label says you can use this meat as a marinade and I do not agree. With a marinade, you expect a little transfer of solution into the meat thus infusing flavor (granted, not like a brine). I do not see how this sauce would infuse into the meat because it sits on top, it doesn’t soak in. I did salt and pepper the chops before placing them on the grill. This sauce is not salty enough for pork so you do need to salt the meat. Pepper is optional, however, the sauce isn’t hot enough for those who really like a kick (and I like a kick). I think this sauce is paired best with pork then a close second, chicken. Some of the sauce leeched underneath my mac and cheese and collards. It enhanced the flavor of both side dishes. I will definitely use this sauce again! The ingredients are as follows: Tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, corn syrup, mustard, molasses, soybean oil, onions, garlic, peppers, natural spices and flavors, and zanthan gum. Serving size, 2 tablespoons, calories 60, sodium 310 mg, carbs 11g, sugar 7 g, everything else was negligible. The sauce won 1996 Battle of the Sauces champion and 1997 Superior Product in national competition. The label says you can bake, baste, dip, grill, marinate, roast, sauce, sauté, & season with it. Use it on baked beans, beef, chicken, French fries, pork, seafood, turkey, & vegetables.
Here’s the breakdown of my review…
OVERALL rating: 5 stars (1 being horrible and 5 being terrific)
HEAT level: 3 (on a scale of 1 – 10, 10 being very hot)
SWEET level: 4 (on a scale of 1 – 10, 10 being very sweet)
SALT level: not very salty
TOMATO level: 5 (on a scale of 1 – 10, 10 being very tomato pasty)
ZIPPINESS: when I think of zippiness, I think of vinegar. This sauce was not vinegary but the spices did make it have some zing.
FLAVOR intensity: 6 or 7 (on a scale of 1 – 10, 10 being very intense)
COST: between $3.00 and $4.00 per 19 oz bottle

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Mel’s “Famous” Barbeque Sauce Review

I grilled a combination of chicken thighs and wings with Mel’s “Famous” Barbeque Sauce. They turned out delicious! I actually began the process by marinating the chicken in Mel’s overnight then, basting continuously while cooking to keep the chicken moist. Mel’s is a thin, vinegary sauce that has red chili pepper flakes and some other seasoning and spices. It isn’t what I’d call a hot sauce; it’s just a vinegary, liquidy sauce that’s packed with flavor! The predominant ingredients are apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and spices. It complimented the chicken perfectly! The label says it’s best with poultry, pork, seafood, sliced cucumbers, squash, French fries, cream potatoes, and any type of greens. I can imagine that it is really good all of these ways. I would also think this is a good sauce to use while baking. So, rather than using chicken broth, water, vinegar, etc. in the bottom of your baking dish, use Mel’s to get an extra punch. This sauce is a winner! Here’s the breakdown of my review:
OVERALL rating: 5 stars (1 being horrible and 5 being terrific)
HEAT level: not hot
SWEET level: not sweet
SALT level: I didn’t notice it being overwhelmingly salty (I did not salt and pepper the meat before cooking)
TOMATO level: no tomatoes and certainly no tomato paste
ZIPPINESS: very zippy, bright, sparkling flavors
FLAVOR intensity: very flavorful
COST: between $3.00 and $4.00 per 16 oz bottle




Let’s Get Saucy

I love food, I love to cook, and I love sauces. I live in North Carolina and we have a wonderful program called, “Goodness Grows in N.C.” It’s a campaign to bring awareness to, and hopefully propel people into buying, North Carolina products. I always support the local merchants when possible and there are a bunch of barbeque/grilling sauces on the market in the Goodness Grows in N.C. program. If you search online for sauce reviews, rarely will you hit on a review about N.C. sauces (they all seem to be national brands). Hey, any sauce is good and I enjoy reading about them and eating them, but I want to help the home culinary teams. I’ve decided to taste test the sauces in the Goodness Grows in N.C. program. I’ll post my results here so check back every now and then for some saucy suggestions for your next grilling adventure. Read more…

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My very first post on my very first blog! I do not feel that I have a lot to say (write) but a friend tells me that I have. We’ll see how this goes. Stay tuned for more…

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