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

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

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