Jac’s Tailgaters Bayou Blaze Habanero BBQ Sauce Review submitted by Ken Alexander
Jac’s Tailgaters Bayou Blaze Habanero BBQ Sauce: This Certified Cajun product hails from West Monroe, La. Tracy and Kristi Carter have a good thing going with their unique line of sauces, mixes, and rubs, and after picking up a bottle of their original Bayou Blaze BBQ Sauce at the NOLA hot sauce show and quickly finishing it off, I had to try their Habanero BBQ Sauce. I was not disappointed. I picked up a bottle at the recent Houston Hot Sauce Festival, and when Brian and I talked about me doing a guest review for HotSauceDaily, the timing was perfect. I recently had a “wing night”, where I tried different sauces on plain wings, and this sauce stood out and screamed “review me”! I appreciate Brian and Marilyn for giving me the opportunity to share with their audience on such a quality review site as HotSauceDaily.
Now on with the review…
Ingredients: Ketchup, Water, Brown Sugar, Mustard, Cider Vinegar, Liquid Smoke, Habanero Peppers, Other Spices (including Paprika, Garlic, and Onion)
Texture & Appearance: – This is a smooth textured sauce with a nice reddish brown color and creamy consistency. There are discernable bits of what appears to be coarse ground black pepper that I can feel on my tongue when I taste the sauce. As you can see from the picture, the smooth consistency and texture coated the chicken wings very well, preventing a lot of wasted sauce. If I may draw a comparison to their original BBQ sauce, I’ve used it on everything from burgers to sausage, Soy Boca Burgers, and even rice, and the thick, but not too thick texture easily works with many foods. Please don’t judge me for the Boca Burgers – a guys gotta manage his cholesterol some way – just saying.
Taste Straight Up: – This sauce shined in the taste category. For this review, I used it on plain chicken wings that I picked up from a wing chain well known for its large flying animal logo, and I also tasted spoonfuls of sauce at various temps: right out of the frig, room temp, and slightly warmed. Each of the three scenarios brings a little different experience to the tongue. At room temp, the first flavor I tasted was a nice pop of black pepper embedded in a tangy sauce with a hint of smokiness and sweetness. This was quickly followed by the spicy zing of the mustard and cider vinegar and, coming a little later to the party, the back end “citrusy” goodness of habanero. I really couldn’t tell that ketchup is the main ingredient, and outside of the obvious influence from the black pepper, I was impressed that none of the other spices including garlic and onion, dominated my palate.
Heat Level: – The heat is 2 fold: you get a quick, mild black pepper/mustard/vinegar spice zing when first tasting, quickly followed by a back end, building habanero heat that is on the medium heat scale. The heat, after building initially, quickly subsides, but the spicy zing from the mustard, cider vinegar, and black pepper hangs around a little while, creating a party in your mouth. After all, it is from Louisiana, and Louisianans love a party.
Label/Graphics: – All of Jac’s products have their signature cartoon hat-wearing crawfish on the label. I like the crawfish, and it’s a good match for Louisiana, since they tout their “Certified Cajun” status for their entire product line. The crawfish is depicted a little differently for each product label, and is shooting flames out of his mouth for this sauce. I wonder if a bolder, less busy looking icon would be cleaner and better recognized on a supermarket shelf, but I like the logo and appreciate their desire to focus on their Louisiana roots. Making the “Jac’s Tailgaters” wording in a larger, bolder manner may also be something to think about, when thinking about commercial store placement. But the label is distinct and does a decent job at building brand recognition and consistency.
Overall Impression: – I rate this sauce a solid 4 stars overall. It is a great, all purpose BBQ sauce for someone who likes some heat, but not crazy hot BBQ heat. I like the different types of discernable heat on the front and back ends, and Tracy and Kristi have done a great job providing a wonderful variety of spice, heat, and flavor with their Bayou Blaze Habanero BBQ Sauce. As I mentioned, their Original BBQ Sauce is basically the same flavor blend in a milder sauce, so if you’re like Brian and don’t normally care for heat in your BBQ sauce, then there are good options without sacrificing taste and quality. Jac’s Tailgaters is a great little company putting out quality products, and this sauce made my chicken wings, and my belly, smile big and long!
More on Jac’s Tailgaters: According to their website, Jac’s Tailgaters is a “spunky, imaginative food products company, aimed at producing and offering the highest quality, but moderately priced, and sometimes a little unusual food products.” They believe in “offering customers awide variety of products that are developed full of flavor and with a lot of love.” Their goal is to “become a regionally recognized company while focusing on their Louisiana style in combination with cuisines from around the world.” You can order this and other Jac’s products through their website, www.Jacstailgaters.com
About the author: Ken has been producing videos for ILoveItSpicy.com and approached me about trying his hand at a written review. I encouraged him to go for it, I’d love a guest post, and I think Ken’s talent goes beyond his excellent videos to the written review as well. Thank you Ken! ~brian