BBQ Sauce Review of Fat D’s Southern Gentleman (5/5)
Fat D’s sent me 4 sauces for review (all of them very good) and I’d put this specific sauce into the thinner, tangier NC sauce category.
Outside the bottle
The first thing I noticed after opening the box containing the sauce is that it’s pro quality. I like the look of this bottle – and you can tell it was designed by a graphics expect who knows his/her colors, layout, fonts and all that fun design-type stuff. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot to be said about looking homemade or old-fashioned or “something you would get at a farmer’s market” – but when you go for it and go for the best appearance possible, and the best sauce you can create, magical things can happen.
This is a very well designed bottle with cool little catch phrases embedded through the bottle and differentiating statements – almost taglines – for each sauce written clearly underneath the main name on the label.
Fat D’s Southern Gentleman: A Unique Blend of Savory & Sweet – Our Traditional Family Recipe.
A great tagline – it lets you know what to expect and tells you this is the one that started it. You can’t go wrong using the word “original” in their somewhere- but it’s not needed.
The name Fat D’s is also great and pops out at you and adds to the trust factor when trying to get someone to try something new. One feedback is when I hear/read a person’s nickname, I always want to see what they look like – whether illustrated or photograph or even a stick figure – a picture adds to the story.
Inside the bottle
The first sniff is intoxicating and makes me want to just take a swig of it. You can smell the salty sweet apple base and the onion & garlic flavors.
The ingredients start with ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and apple cider vinegar as the base. Then they add some classic spices along with mustard powder & allspice as more unique elements.
Uncooked the flavor was really nice – tangy and not as sweet as your average BBQ sauce. The aftertaste is a strong tangy apple flavor. The mustard powder and allspice add a third dimension of flavor.
During grilling it was a little challenging to get sauce to adhere to chicken but after trying with ham and pulled pork I gotta say it passed the test. The flavor was excellent throughout the entire experience and not only adds to a cooked food experience, but also makes a great dipping sauce and for me acted as a ketchup replacement until the bottle ran out.
Fat D’s offers up a very tasty and unique flavor that BBQ lovers will enjoy. It’s not your run of the mill KC style thick and sweet sauce – this is something different that is sure to get comments at your next BBQ. Those who will enjoy it most would be folks who like great flavors and don’t mind a thinner sauce. It is perfect with pulled pork, would be awesome on brisket, and was decent on grilled boneless chicken (the food I use for every review).
Fat D’s from Orlando Florida is on the scene and they are here to stay.