Mikey V’s Smoked Bacon Salsa

A huge hit at the latest NYC Hot Sauce Expo, Mikey V’s Smoked Bacon Salsa was a sell-out. But I managed to get a couple of jars just before they ran out.

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Mikey V’s new Smoked Bacon Salsa features Rentsch Brewery’s Weizenbock Beer

Ingredients: Tomatoes, Beer, Onions, Jalapeño peppers, Lime juice, Fresh garlic, Cilantro, Spices, Natural bacon flavoring, Pure cane sugar, Kosher salt, Black pepper, Spices, Cumin.

If you look at those ingredients – that’s pretty much how the flavors come out.

This delicious salsa has a distinct yet mild beer flavor coupled with fresh tasting onions and garlic. Jalapeños bring on the little heat that it offers.

The smoked bacon flavor comes from a natural bacon flavoring ingredient. I appreciate this, as I wouldn’t want pieces of cooked bacon in my salsa. I’m ok with the flavor of it though, and I like a little natural smoke flavor if it’s in small doses.

The pure cane sugar adds a nice sweetness to the overall flavor – I do like a sweet base in my salsas and sauces.

This is one of those “WOW” salsas that everyone will love! I couldn’t stop eating it as I write this review!

Texture & Appearance: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Chunky. Lots of tomato, onion, garlic and jalapeño pieces.

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Heat Level: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – Nice mild tingle. Just enough heat for everyone.

Where to buy: Visit Mikey V’s Foods at http://www.mikeyvsfoods.com/

Mikey V’s is also available to you lucky Texan’s all over the Austin and San Antonio areas.

They are also available at stores across the country. For the full list visit: http://www.mikeyvsfoods.com/about

About: Based in Georgetown, Texas, Mikey V’s Foods is an award winning, Veteran owned, Texas based food company aimed at offering high quality, hot sauces, salsas, spicy pickles and jerky, using only the freshest all-natural ingredients with no artificial preservatives. We view ourselves as partners with our clients, and our community.

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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Bone Doctors’ Original BBQ Sauce & Premium Spice Blend

Bone Doctors’ Barbeque Sauces were created by Dr. David and Dr. Bruce, two orthopedic surgeons (bone doctors) with a love of barbeque. Original, Sweet & Spicy, Carolina Bold, and Brazen Heat Barbeque Sauce, along with Bone Doctors’ Premium Spice Blend, complete with vintage photographic labels, round out their lineup of products.

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We’re going to look at their Premium Spice Blend and their Original Barbeque Sauce and see just why their slogan is “The Cure for the Common Barbeque”.

Bone Doctors' Premium Spice Blend and Original BBQ Sauce

Bone Doctors’ Premium Spice Blend and Original BBQ Sauce

Bone Doctors’ Premium Spice Blend

Ingredients: spices, sugar, salt, garlic, and onion.

Those are the ingredients as listed on the label. Oddly, the ingredients listed on their website is different. (Sugar, Kosher Salt, Paprika, Spices, Chili Powder, Garlic, Onion). I”m not sure which is more current. I’ll have to contact them for clarification.

Bone Doctors' Premium Spice Blend

Bone Doctors’ Premium Spice Blend

Texture & Appearance: Marilyn tells me this is a reddish-orange color. It’s a very fine, almost dusty grind. Despite the larger flakes and granules in our closeup pic, shaking this spice blend or “rub” onto the food showed us just how fine it was, and how quickly it came out. We had to force ourselves to use a light hand in shaking it out.

Taste Straight Up: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – Sweet, savory with some chile pepper (perhaps cayenne?), and just slightly salty. We’ve found that the salt “cooks away” from most rubs that are heavier on salt. This was one of the less salty tasting rubs we’ve had lately.

Heat Level: Minimal. Less than 1 out of 5.

Label/Graphics: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Very classy. True to the Bone Doctors’ theme of vintage photos, the rub features a photo of an Indian Chief or perhaps, given the theme of Bone Doctors, a Medicine Man.

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – I may be a sucker for naming conventions, but this really is a “premium” tasting product, and one that we will reach for again and again. And I’ll add that this rub falls right in the middle in terms of usefulness, flavor, and overall quality.

For you backyard BBQer’s out there, this rub would be a great addition to your everyday seasonings for the grill.

Bone Doctors’ Original Barbeque Sauce

The Original seemed like a good place to start with this foursome of BBQ sauces.

Ingredients: ketchup (tomato concentrate, sugar, vinegar, salt, onion powder, spices, natural flavor), sugar, Worcestershire sauce (dextrose, salt, sugar, caramel color, garlic, spices, citric acid, natural spice extractives, annatto color, white vinegar, cayenne pepper), lemon juice, seasoning blend, horseradish, mustard powder, kosher salt, garlic.

Bone Doctors' Original Barbeque Sauce

Bone Doctors’ Original Barbeque Sauce

Texture & Appearance: A rusty red color with flecks of seasonings. Medium thickness, it was a bit of work to coax the sauce out of the flask bottle.

Taste Straight Up: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars
Marilyn: Out of the bottle, I found this to have a slightly sweet flavor up front, with a vinegar background. The Worcestershire sauce adds a nice dark flavor that blends with and smooths out the other ingredients.
Brian: I don’t get the sweet up front – for me it was a nice hit of vinegar, followed by a dark, almost “umami” aspect. I think there is a black pepper component within the “seasoning blend” that gives just a hint of spiciness.

Heat Level: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – Very mild heat. Just slightly spicy from the cayenne and horseradish.

Label/Graphics: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Five stars for the great vintage photographs that adorn Bone Doctors’ labels. Bonus points for the “flask” style bottles. The Original Barbeque Sauce label features a Civil War officer. See our pics below for the other 3 bbq sauce labels.

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): Rated 4 out of 5 Stars
Brian: This sauce is very “middle of the road” in the sense that it is truly a barbeque sauce with no pretentions. It’s not too sweet, too vinegary, too spicy, too thick or too thin. I would put it in the same class of bbq sauce as Draper’s BBQ Sauce both in usefulness, consistency, and overall good flavor.

Marilyn: Very pleasant. I liked the balance of flavors, and that is wasn’t too thick or gloppy or overbearingly sweet. We’d love to try this on chicken. Too bad we didn’t get the bigger bottle!

Two Bacon Explosions

For the Labor Day weekend, we decided to make a couple of Bacon Explosions. We needed 2 things – a good rub, and a good BBQ sauce. So we decided to pair Bone Doctors’ Premium rub with their Original BBQ sauce. This turned out to be a great 1-2 punch on our Bacon Explosions.

One was made with a “hot” breakfast sausage (Jimmy Dean “Hot”), and one with Sweet Italian Sausage (bulk sausage from Johnsonville).

Bone Doctors' Bacon Explosions - breakfast sausage & Italian

Bone Doctors’ Bacon Explosions – breakfast sausage & Italian

We made one of each to help us decide which we preferred – the breakfast sausage, or the Italian sausage.

Bone Doctors' breakfast sausage Bacon Explosion

Bone Doctors’ breakfast sausage Bacon Explosion

Bone Doctors' Italian Bacon Explosion

Bone Doctors’ Italian sausage Bacon Explosion

After all this, we still don’t know which we like best!

The Bone Doctors’ Premium Spice Blend added just the right amount of spice both inside and out on the Bacon Explosions.

And while the original recipe for Bacon Explosions calls for a thick, sweet, sugary BBQ sauce (for both thickness and glaze properties) such as a “Sweet Baby Ray’s type of sauce”, we really enjoyed the savory, dark flavor of Bone Doctors’ Original Barbeque Sauce on these babies. And our neighbors concurred. It was a good Sunday night on Labor Day Weekend, 2013!

Sweet & Spicy, Carolina Bold, Brazen Heat BBQ Sauces from Bone Doctors'

Sweet & Spicy, Carolina Bold, Brazen Heat BBQ Sauces from Bone Doctors’

About Bone Doctors’

Bone Doctors’ BBQ Sauce began 27 years ago, when physicians Dr. David Heilbronner and Dr. Bruce Wilhelmsen first met. After realizing they each possessed a strong sense of culinary curiosity, the pair of orthopedic surgeons (Bone Doctors) embarked on a journey to create the “Original” barbeque sauce, using only natural ingredients without preservatives, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavoring, or coloring. This eventually led to the discovery of the savory blend that serves as the basis for every bottle of Bone Doctors’ BBQ Sauce.

Try Bone Doctors’ BBQ Sauce at your next meal to give your cookout creation a new dimension of flavor. After a few mouth-watering bites, you’ll understand why we say, you have found “The Cure for the Common Barbeque”.

Social Media:
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Where to buy:
You can order online at BoneDoctorsBBQ.com

Disclaimer: We purchased the BBQ sauces for our own personal use and review purposes. The Premium Spice Blend was a bonus, thrown in for free. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are our own.

Bacon Wrapped Grilled Corn with Blue Cheese Ribeye Steak Dinner

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Here’s the dinner. Blue cheese ribeye with bacon wrapped corn

I was inspired by a post from Chris Grove on NibbleMeThis.com to do the bacon wrapped grilled corn. I chided Chris for not posting any details about the corn itself on his post, and after a quick phone call, I knew I was on my own. (He did mention something about a BBQ rub). Thanks Chris.

Of course I knew I had to have something to go with it, so, ribeye steak was the obvious choice. The baked potatoes were a given. Marilyn makes the best.

Bacon Wrapped Corn:

The bacon wrapped corn “niblets” (that’s what we call a 1/2 ear of corn here in Maryland) required a good dose of a BBQ rub, and so we went with:

Killer Hogs The BBQ Rub: Ingredients: brown sugar, sugar, salt, paprika, spices including chili pepper, evaporated cane juice, dehydrated garlic, and orange peel, onion powder, monosodium glutamate, mustard flour, extractives of paprika (color), dill weed, turmeric (color) and natural flavor.

We tried Killer Hogs BBQ rub on some MOINKBalls and on ribs. We’ve not posted a review yet, but this is an awesome, sweet, all purpose rub.

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Killer Hogs The BBQ Rub

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Killer Hots Rub on MOINKBalls

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Killer Hogs rub on ribs

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Killer Hogs The BBQ Rub on corn

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One slice barely makes it around the ears

We did par-cook the bacon in our small convection oven for about 10 minutes. We wrapped each “niblet” with one slice of bacon. Next time I will allow for 2 strips of bacon to wrap the niblets of corn.

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We placed the corn in Reynolds Wrap Grill heavy duty non-stick

The Reynolds Wrap Grill heavy duty non-stick foil is made for grilling… with a dull side of the foil that you place food on, for non-stick reasons. It’s even labeled as the non-stick side. Pretty good stuff, although just a bit thinner than your standard Heavy Duty Foil.

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We wrapped the corn to cook on the grill

There’s another shot of the same foil with the corn inside the packet, non-stick side in. The corn cooked in the foil, indirectly, for about 20 minutes before we placed it on the grill grates.

Ribeye Steaks:

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Draper’s BBQ Moo’d Enhancer

Draper’s Moo’d Enhancer was my seasoning of choice for my ribeye steak. We reviewed Moo’d Enhancer here.

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One tsp Moo’d Enhancer on a 16 ounce steak

My steak was only about 1 lb, so I decided to go conservative, and only use 1 tsp of the rub. Next time I will double that.

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Ribeye on left with Moo’d Enhancer – on right salt, pepper, garlic powder

Here, our steaks are ready for the grill. Marilyn’s steak on the right, has her classic (and delicious) blend of salt, pepper, and garlic powder only.

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Bacon wrapped corn and spuds on grill

The baked potatoes had already been par-cooked in the microwave to get them ready for the grill. A little oil (canola) and coarse kosher salt, and off they go.

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Everybody into the pool! (Nice grill marks).

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All done. Ready to eat.

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Looks delicious…

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Marilyn prefers a classic steak and steamed corn

The bacon was delicious, savory and sweet, and had a nice “bite”. Here’s a case where the bacon got some sweetness from the corn. I should have hit it again with the rub. The corn got a salty smoky flavor from the bacon. It’s a win – win situation.

Have you wrapped bacon around grilled corn on the cob?

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve put bacon on? Let us know in the Comments below!

Bacon Ketchup from Captain Thoms

Bacon flavored ketchup from Captain Thom’s is a thick, smoky and slightly spicy ketchup that you use anytime you’d normally use ketchup. And it is a runaway success for Baltimore based Captain Thom’s Chili Pepper Company.

Captain Thom’s Slappin’ Fat Bacon Ketchup was awesome with some fries that I tried it on, and my son poured some on his hot dog and declared it delicious. (I know only “kids” put catsup on hot dogs… but he loved it.)

I plan to experiment further by adding some to the next batch of baked beans I doctor up… it should be a great fit.

“… if you like bacon and you like ketchup, this blend is sure to please… fish fry, hot dogs, burgers, even a topping for meatloaf”

Ingredients: ketchup (tomato concentrate, high fructose corn syrup, distilled vinegar, corn syrup, salt, less than 2% of onion powder, garlic powder, natural flavors), water, bacon flavored oil (sunflower oil, fractionated coconut oil, natural flavor), onion, red pepper

Taste: very sweet, tangy, smoky – with just a hint of spiciness from the red pepper. This really is a great tasting catsup. Great to keep on hand when you want that bit of bacon flavor added to your meals.

Now we here love Captain Thom and First Mate Nancy. And we love all their great sauces and products. But I do have 2 comments for them:

  1. Drop the “Slappin’ Fat” from the name. It implies unhealthy (which it’s NOT… more on that in a bit) and just emphasizes the fattiness that people associate with bacon.
  2. Get rid of the HFC… find a ketchup source that doesn’t have HFC. While HFC is a debatable subject, it has gotten a bad reputation lately.

Is this an unhealthy product? Certainly NOT. As you can see from the ingredient list, there is no “bacon” per se in it. And we know the HFC is debatable. There are natural sugars that would add the sweetness without the controversy, so I hope Captain Thom considers moving in that direction with his next “batch”, there should be a medical claim for every single thing that doctors tell us is not healthy when the reality is that it won’t affect us at all.

As for the “fractionated coconut oil”, which sounds suspicious, it’s actually not. Wikipedia says: “Fractionated coconut oil is a fraction of the whole oil, in which the long-chain fatty acids are removed so that only medium chain saturated fatty acids remain.” Hey, works for me!

Finally, let’s compare the Nutritional Info between Captain Thom’s Bacon Ketchup and Hunt’s Ketchup (Serving size for both is 1 Tablespoon (17 grams)):

Bacon Ketchup: Calories 15, Total Carbs 4g, Sugars 4g
Hunt’s Ketchup: Calories 20, Total Carbs 5g, Sugars 4g

All other numbers being 0 (fat, cholesterol, etc), Captain Thom’s is actually better for you based on calories and carbs. (I know, it’s a stretch, but it was fun comparing the numbers.)

Do yourself a favor, and order not 1 but TWO bottles of Captain Thom’s Slappin’ Fat Bacon Ketchup ($6.50/12 ounce bottle) because it will not last long. Enjoy and tell Thom we sent ya!

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