16 August 2010
BBQ Sauce: Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet 'n Spicy
Condiment research turns up new info all the time. Week 2 of the Monday Sweet Baby Ray's spotlight focuses on the Sweet 'n Spicy flavor. However, after careful examination of the above pic, I noticed that the original flavor was named "Hot 'n Spicy," as recently as 2007. No matter...Sweet 'n Spicy still has a decent jalapeno kick.
FLAVOR - Immediate candy sweetness, with all the pepper and heat on the back end
CONSISTENCY - Very thick and sticky
APPEARANCE - Dark brown
SMELL - Very similar to Original; sweet, peppery smoke
AVAILABILITY - Readily available
INGREDIENTS - HFCS, Distilled Vinegar, Tomato Paste, Water, Modified Food Starch, Salt, Pineapple Juice Concentrate, Natural Smoke Flavor, Spices, Caramel Color, Jalapeno Pepper, Sodium Benzoate, Molasses, Corn Syrup, Garlic*, Sugar, Tamarind, Natural Flavor
The Sweet 'n Spicy SBR is pretty straightforward. It's essentially the Original formula cut with jalapeno peppers. I'm no true pepper-head, but I can appreciate a good kick in the tongue every once in a while. I tend to use S'nS SBR on Mexican food, as well as Central and South American foods. It's also a great substitute for Original SBR when you want to take things up a notch.
Note: The heat in this sauce is actually pretty mild. Occasionally, I'll cut it with sriracha or Huy Fong Chili Garlic Sauce to take it to the next level.
Image: Sweet Baby Ray's, by My Blue Dragon