Review: A Woman’s Scorn Hot Pepper BBQ Sauce XXXX
I love barbecue. And BBQ. And Bar-B-Que. And however else you want to spell it. In fact, I love BBQ sauce almost as much as I love hot sauce. I’ll take any chance I get to combine the two. And this bottle of A Woman’s Scorn BBQ Sauce seems like a great opportunity.
Ingredients: Chocolate habanero puree (water, chocolate habanero peppers), tomato sauce (water, tomato paste, salt, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, garlic powder, spices), brown sugar (sugar, molasses), honey, vinegar, molasses, spices and coloring, Worcestershire sauce (vinegar, molasses, high fructose corn syrup, anchovies, water, onion, salt, garlic, tamarind extract, cloves, natural flavorings, chili pepper extract, hydrolyzed soy and corn protein) , soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt, sodium benzoate: less then 1/10 of 1% as a preservative), liquid smoke(water, natural hickory smoke concentrate), salt, granulated garlic, lime juice (water, lime concentrate), and lemon juice (water, lemon concentrate).
That’s one heck of a list, but I don’t worry too much about ingredients. If something tastes good, then it tastes good. Why ruin the fun? I see chocolate habs as the first ingredient, and in my book that’s a great sign. Tasting the sauce straight out of the bottle was an experience. I gulped down a heaping spoonful and got a little more than I bargained for! This stuff isn’t kidding around! Rather than a BBQ sauce with some heat mixed in, A Woman’s Scorn is more like heat with some BBQ on the side! On the HSB scale this is an easy 8, maybe even higher depending on your tolerance.
I grilled some thick-cut hunks of pork over indirect heat, basting with the sauce for the last 10 minutes or so. The meat came off the grill hot, juicy, and looking oh-so delicious. I poured some extra BBQ on my plate and dug in. The first few bites were like grilled morsels from heaven. The sauce is sweet, with a bold flavor that you’re not going to miss. I tasted three dominate flavors: habaneros, brown sugar, and Worcestershire (in that order). But by the third bite, the heat kicked in. After that the morsels seemed more like scraps from hell. A Woman’s Scorn indeed! After a few more bites I was reaching for my drink, my eyes and nose a-waterin’. It was hot, but it tasted great.
The flavor, while I could still enjoy it, was amazing. A Woman’s Scorn is sweet, with a hint of smoke and that great habanero flavor. But I like to slather my food in BBQ sauce, and I just can’t do that with this one. So I’m torn. It’s a love-hate relationship: I love the taste and want more, but if I eat as much as I usually would I think my face will melt off. So, in conclusion, this is one amazingly good BBQ sauce with a very appropriate name!
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