We have had Flaming Joe’s Jerk Sauce several times over the past year or so, but we were always focused on enjoying the food, but then we finally realized we hadn’t written a review! It’s time to make things right and give Flaming Joe’s Mild Caribbean Jerk Sauce the credit it deserves.
Flaming Joe’s is a multi-award winning company from Geneva, Illinois whose slogan is “Flavor that plays with fire!” Besides the “mild” Caribbean Jerk Sauce reviewed here, they offer a “Hot” version, along with their Island Fire Tropical Fruit & Habanero Marmalade as well as their Strawberry Jalapeño Jam and Hot Buffalo Dust.
Ingredients: key lime juice, soybean oil, soy sauce, green onion, Worcestershire sauce, ginger, habanero pepper, brown sugar, garlic, cilantro, chili powder, spices, xanthan gum, guar gum, sodium alginate
Texture & Appearance: This is a very thick, beautiful sauce. There is no separation when you pour it out on a dish, and the dark color contains bits of herbs that fill out the sauce.
Taste Straight Up:
I get a little bit of the traditional jerk flavors, but not the overpowering allspice so often associated with Jerk seasoning. There are none of the hard dry bits that turn me off to some jerk sauces. It has a very nice balance. This is my favorite jerk sauce ever!
A pretty mild 2 out of 5. But who needs heat in Jerk? It’s all about the flavors, in my opinion.
Brian: Whoa… I have to chime in here. I actually *like* heat in my Jerk seasonings. I do prefer the heat to be mild-to-medium in intensity, but still I do like it. As nice as this Flaming Joe’s Mild is in flavor, I feel it lacks the heat that would make even the novice “chilehead” happy. Having said that, it is truly a sauce that would appeal to the masses. Cousin Bob and Sister Nancy would be just fine with this sauce, and be proud to say “we had Jerk chicken last night and it was awesome thanks to Flaming Joe’s Mild Jerk Sauce!!!”
Flaming Joe’s distinctive Fire Head on a black background with red, yellow, and green letters make this a label that announces itself on a shelf. Just look for the guy with the big smile whose head is on fire! The descriptor lets you know what you’re buying, so there’s no question that you’re getting a Mild Caribbean Style Jerk Sauce. This is one of the most distinctive lines of sauces on the shelves. Well done!
Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts):
We’ve had this on wings, chicken tenders, and burgers. But marinating cubes of pork tenderloin tips for 2 hours, then grilling them with a final brush of the sauce really lets the flavors of this sauce shine through. Even though I am not a huge fan of jerk anything, I loved this sauce! So for you of those out there who love Jerk, and those of you who are hesitant, you have got to try this sauce. Full of flavors, it’s bound to please you, no matter your preferences. I give this an unusual (for me) 5 out of 5 stars!
A premier round of flavors, we’ve tried this on dark-meat chicken and on pork tenderloin cubes, both marinated in this sauce, then cooked on the grill. The marinade really soaked into the meat, especially on the pork. I can tell you with no reservation, that if you like Jerk flavors, but can’t take the high sodium or harsh flavors you sometimes get, this is the sauce for you. We have other jerk sauces/pastes/dry rubs in our fridge and cabinet that we’ve had for quite while, but we ripped through this sauce.
Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.
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