Review Torchbearer Sauces All Natural Chipotle Wing Sauce

Week of Wings II – Day 7 – Torchbearer Sauces All Natural Chipotle Wing Sauce

On our final day of Week of Wings II we bring you a very unique looking and tasting sauce from Torchbearer Sauces – their All Natural Chipotle Wing Sauce.

Taste straight up:

Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars
Marilyn: The first flavor I got was the smokiness of the chipotles, which I loved. It’s a very unique flavor – not what you would expect in a wing sauce. This is a warm smokey sauce with lots of levels of flavor. I really didn’t taste the Mandarin orange at all.

Brian: I expected a mustard type profile because of how much it looked like Dijon, so my eyes deceived me. It tasted to me like a habanero wanna-be. There was the color, and the sweetness of the orange and carrots (which I found a little off-putting) but it did not deliver on the big hit of heat normally associated with orange / habanero sauces. There was little to no Chipotle smoke or flavor for me.

Texture & Appearance:

Rated 4 out of 5 Stars
Marilyn: Tons of texture going on, probably from the carrots. Despite the pale orange color, and despite the fact that its the color of Dijon mustard, this is NOT a mustard sauce – much to Brian’s dismay. The sauce does separate a bit on the plate – probably from all the Canola oil in it.

Brian: I loved the chunkiness and texture of this sauce. Big bites of bits and flavors.

Taste on wings:

Rated 2 out of 5 Stars
Marilyn: The sauce coated the wings nicely, but I don’t really taste the orange – my first flavor is still the smoke. The wings had a warm and smokey dark flavor. But the heat was just a medium.

Brian: There was an odd flavor from the orange and carrots that coated my mouth. While there was some heat, there was no discernable smokey chipotle flavor. The chipotle is weak and needs more heat – isappointing as I love chipotle peppers above all others.

Heat Level:

Rated 2 out of 5 Stars
Marilyn: Just a nice medium heat level for me.

Brian: Not enough Chipotle heat, not nearly hot. Just a light – medium level.

Label/Graphics:

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars – Our bottle had the pre-production label on it. Here’s a shot of their current label, much more colorful and humorous – and informative! All of the graphics of their products are of the same, cartoony and colorful graphics. Nice job guys!

Overall Rating:

Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – Mainly because we thought it could have a more pronounced Chipotle flavor. As different as it was as a sauce, it’s very unique and you have to decide for yourself.

Ingredients:

Mandarin Orange, Tomato, Vinegar, Carrot, Onion, Canola Oil, Habanero Pepper, Garlic, Sugar and All Natural Spices

You can find Torchbearer sauces here at InsaneChicken.com

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our Week of Wings II – be sure to check out our Week of Wings from last year too.

Review Mama Bulls Louisiana Hot Sauce on Wings

Week of Wings II – Day 6 – Mama Bull’s Louisiana Hot Sauce

On Day 6 of our wing roundup this year, we bring you a a review of Mama Bull’s Louisiana Hot Sauce Cayenne Pepper Sauce as a straight wing sauce. No butter added, we just followed the directions on the bottle to dunk the wings in the sauce!

As a rule, I’m not a fan of Louisiana style hot sauces… but I’m getting there. Check out our review of Swamp Scum or Louisiana Gold Pepper Sauce and you will see I’m becoming a fan. This review is another great example of how a Louisiana style hot sauce is inching me closer to liking them.

Taste straight up:Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars

Marilyn: There is a big hit of vinegar both through the smell and first taste. The taste is slightly sweet in a veggie way – probably the carrots.
Brian: At first I thought this was a very traditional Louisiana sauce, but it’s bigger than that. The flavor really pops!

Texture & Appearance:
Marilyn: I see crushed red peppers and seeds, and perhaps bits of garlic. At first I thought it may be too thin to cling to the wings, but it’s now setting up nicely and there is a thick coating on the wings.
Brian: A thin sauce with bits of garlic floating about. I also see crushed red pepper flakes and seeds. This sauce sets up nicely and clings very well to the wings.

Taste:Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars

Marilyn: I taste vinegar first, then hot. Yes, hot hot… it’s burning my lips. Then I get a slower back of the throat burn. There’s a full flavor profile with the vinegar, heat and finally a nice warm depth of flavor. A winner with me.
Brian: A very traditional Louisiana flavor, this is a good flavor bringing on a nice medium-to-strong heat. I’m digging it. I wish we had prepped this sauce with some butter for a traditional “Buffalo” style sauce… but we followed the instructions on the bottle that said to simply toss the wings in the sauce.

Heat Level:Rated 3 out of 5 Stars

Marilyn: Make no mistake, this sauce is hot! I already said it burned me right away. Brian first thought it was mild, but then it got hotter for him.
Brian: Go figure. It was tame at first, but the more I ate, the hotter it got. I was surprised. And I grew to like it. I don’t think it was as good as other wing sauces we’ve reviewed here on HotSauceDaily.com but I would enjoy these at a local bar if they were their only offering. Just add beer!

Label/Graphics:Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – As you can see from the pic of the label above, Mama Bull’s label doesn’t exactly stand out. The words “hot sauce” are the most prominent. I think the Bull should be more “Mama-like” and less “Bull-like”. The label is just so-so. And we reviewed their “hot” version as opposed to the “mild” version which they also offer.

Overall Rating:Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – We’re awarding 3 stars for overall goodness. Heat, flavor, and consistency was pretty solid. Stay tuned for our review of Mama Bull’s Mild Louisiana Hot Sauce

Ingredients: water, vinegar, tomato sauce (tomato, salt, naturally derived citric acid), lemon juice, cayenne pepper, fresh carrots, canola oil, garlic, onion, salt, crushed red peppers, xanthan gum, spices

And here’s where you can get yourself some bottles of Mama Bull’s Sauces. Tell ’em HotSauceDaily.com sent you!

Review of Fork N Halo BBQ Sauce Original Sin on Wings

Week of Wings II – Day 5 – Fork N Halo BBQ Sauce Original Sin

We wanted to include a BBQ wing sauce review in our Week of Wings II roundup this week. While the sauce itself is not marketed as a wing sauce, we chose the Fork N Halo to review, based on the pig in a devil’s costume on the label and the ingredients of cayenne pepper and jalapeno pepper.

From their website:

FORK ‘N HALO barbecue sauces are all natural and 100% fat free. They don’t contain any MSG, artificial ingredients or any of that high fructose corn syrup stuff. We even use evaporated cane juice instead of processed refined sugar.
All Wicked Good BBQ Company products are made with the freshest ingredients, gathered from all around the world.
The flavors are truly unique. This ain’t no ordinary BBQ sauce!!!

Taste straight up:Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars

Brian: This really isn’t an ordinary ordinary BBQ sauce. Our first impression was that this dark, sweet, thick BBQ sauce would be awesome on wings. However, there is very little to no heat, and the sweetness from the molasses is not something I personally care for.
Marilyn: Really sweet, thick, lots of molasses. It almost tastes like raisins. Lots of honey flavor too.

Texture & Appearance: Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars – Very dark and thick – a pretty sauce actually – with the molasses being the biggest reason for the dark, shiny appearance. We really like the coarse consistency of this sauce.

Taste:Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – We’ve had far worse BBQ sauces. If you like the molasses / honey flavors and really dig the super sweetness in your BBQ sauce, you may really like this.

Brian: As I stated, these are not hot wings. They are BBQ wings with a very strong molasses flavor. I’m not a fan of molasses in general. I don’t feel the ingredients balance out well, especially since there is little to no heat from the cayenne or jalapeno pepper in this sauce.

Marilyn: A very sweet flavor with lots of honey. I would probably only eat one of these at a party or gathering. I don’t mind the molasses flavor as much as Brian does. This sauce may be better on beef or ribs than on chicken wings.

Heat Level:Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – There is only a slight hint of spices in this sauce.

Label/Graphics:Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – With the simple graphics, they get 2 stars for the inclusion of the pig in the devil’s costume and along with calling it Original Sin both led us to believe there would be more zing in the bottle.

Overall Rating:Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – Just disappointing to us. We have our preconceived notions of BBQ sauce – heavy tomato, or mustard, or vinegar… but molasses is not one of them. You may love it.

Ingredients: Tomatoes, evaporated cane juice, unsulfured molasses, red wine vinegar, pure honey, apple juice concentrate, kosher salt, mustard powder, paprika, garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, black pepper, jalapeno pepper, xanthan gum

You can purchase Fork N Halo Original Sin here on InsaneChicken.com who also offers 2 other flavors – Heavenly Hickory and a Fire and Brimstone.

Review of Pork Barrel BBQ All American Spice Rub on Wings

Week of Wings II – Day 4 – Pork Barrel BBQ All American Spice Rub

For Day 4 we wanted to bring you a dry rubbed wing review. We chose the All American Spice Rub from Pork Barrel BBQ. Simply a top-notch rub from a great company.

We marinated these wings in 3 Tbls. EVOO, with 1 tsp. of rub for a few hours.
Then we cooked them as usual by baking in the oven (20 minutes at 375° then a quick fry in canola oil at 375° to crisp them up and finish them). See our Wings 101 post for details.

The result was a crispy, delicious, wing with an umami taste that rivaled anything else we had tried with other rubs. Though not hot, the flavor profile was enough to make us look at each other and say, “OMG, these are so good!” Most folks think of wings as being hot or buffalo-style in order to enjoy them, but we could go back to these again and again and could serve them to everyone, even the non-hot sauce folks (read: parents), and get rave reviews.

Texture & Appearance:Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Almost a perfect balance of textures – coarse to medium.

Taste:Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars – even though salt is the first ingredient, this rub is not salty. Sweet, savory, piquant… a great all purpose rub.

Heat Level:Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – light, mild heat. There are ancho and chipotle peppers in this mix, but very understated. Some of you might find it slightly spicy, while the Chilehead might find it tame or mild. We think it falls just a notch above that.

Label/Graphics:Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – This rub is packed in a 4.5 oz glass jar (a plus) with a simple label. It reads “Spice Rub” first, then you see the pig with fork statue – very Washington DC-y – and the banner of “Pork Barrel BBQ” around the top. The fact that it’s for Meat – Poultry – Fish – Veggies shows up also. Great packaging in the glass jar with a simple clean label.

Overall Rating:Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – This is our first review of their All American Spice Rub. We can’t wait to see how it fares on ribs, pulled pork and brisket. Stay tuned!

Ingredients: salt, spices, garlic, onion, smoked paprika, ancho chile, chipotle chile

You can order the All American Spice Rub from Pork Barrel BBQ – tell them Hot Sauce Daily sent you!


About Pork Barrel BBQ

Two congressional staffers from Missouri, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, were lamenting the lack of a good barbecue joint in Washington, DC, during a late night Senate debate over pork barrel spending. An idea popped into their heads, and Pork Barrel BBQ was born.

They were named Best BBQ Sauce and #75 of the #125 best foods for men by Men’s Health Magazine.

In 2009, they appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and struck a deal with New York real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran. You can meet Heath and Brett in their appearance on Shark Tank Episode 5:

We were happy to hang out with them in 2010 at Pork in the Park in Salisbury, MD. Since then, they have gone on to win many awards across the country, and even rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange along with their investors. They are now preparing to open their first restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA, later this year. These are two of the most down-to-earth, nicest guys you could meet.

You can find them online at:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/porkbarrelbbq
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Pork-Barrel-Bbq/1084117735

We hope you enjoyed this review and will get yourself some or all of Pork Barrel BBQ’s products!

Texas Pete Fiery Sweet Wing Sauce Review

Week of Wings II – Day 3 – Texas Pete Fiery Sweet Wing Sauce Review

We were so blown away by this sauce! If you read “Texas Pete” and you think – hot sauce – cayenne – pedestrian… well think again! No… there is some serious flavor here. A BBQ flavor with a sticky sweet heat.
Also, we compared this sauce to Frank’s RedHot “Hot Buffalo” Wing sauce and the Frank’s was a FAIL. Read on with us …

Texas Pete Fiery Sweet Wing sauce

Our Initial impressions:
Marilyn: There’s a lot of vinegar coming out – sweet, tangy, definitely has some heat!
We soaked these wings in the sauce to let them set up and get less vinegary… it did get better.
We thought this would just be another buffalo wing sauce but it turns out it’s a BBQ style sauce with that classic Texas Pete heat.
It’s hard to compare it to anything but a BBQ sauce. But I think it compares to a restaurant quality bbq wing sauce.
There’s liquid smoke flavor and it’s hotter than any other hot bbq style wing sauce. It tastes so much better than just out of the bottle. If you like a Teryaki sauce, and there’s a lot of sugar/sweet in this, you would like this sauce. It’s so good I’m suckin’ the bone.

Brian: Yes, Texas Pete Fiery Sweet Wing Sauce is a BBQ sauce… with heat. On the bottle, out of 4 peppers, they give it 2. Laff! It’s hotter than that. It’s a cross between a thin Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce and a hot sauce.
We were surprised that from Texas Pete it would have such a BBQ slant. I’m scooping up the blue cheese to cool me off.
The sauce is sitting on top… there’s not a lot of soaking in with it. Also I taste a lot of sugar too, and sweetness. But it’s hot and tangy.
If you got these wings at a restaurant, you’d be happy. You’d think they were the joint’s home recipe. It is on the thin side, a bit more than a glaze, but it’s complex.
As a rule I don’t care for a “hot” BBQ sauce in general… but these wings are more of a BBQ sauce on a hot wing. I’d love to throw a ton of minced garlic into this.
It’s a huge 18 OZ bottle of BBQ Sauce with heat.

Final Thoughts: Throw some minced garlic at this and maybe some whiskey and you could doctor this up to be a great wing sauce!
Heat Rating: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars

Frank’s RedHot Hot Buffalo Wings Sauce

We thought these 2 would make a great Head to head Smackdown kind of review, but sadly, the Frank’s paled in comparison. We include our few comments here only to round out this wing sauce comparison.

Marilyn: This is even more vinegary than the Texas Pete. I don’t even want to eat these. After trying one, I’ve decided it is inferior to the Texas Pete wing. It’s all hot and not good.

Brian: It’s very pedestrian, just hot and not at all impressive. I would stay away from this. Now we love the classic Buffalo Wing Recipe made with Frank’s RedHot and butter, but the Frank’s Buffalo “Hot Buffalo” just ain’t it. We ended up throwing the Frank’s RedHot Hot Buffalo Wings into the Texas Pete Fiery Sweet Wing Sauce just to try to make them better.

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