Hecky’s Hot Barbecue Sauce (4/5)

heckys-hot-bbq

4-2

This sauce is a little brother to Hecky’s Original, which I gave five stars back in May.   And it does a couple things I really liked but didn’t impress me as much as their original sauce.  The sauce was certainly hotter than the original (expected), but the flavor profile also changed quite a bit.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked the nutmeg-infused spicy flavor, but it came out of left field and nothing on the label jumps out and says “buy me, I’ve got nutmeg in here!”  Plus, the look was a lot different than the original.

Smell

Had a traditional vinegar, tomato, garlic, spicy scent

Taste Before Cooking

It’s a traditional NC-style (i.e. thin and watery) tomato/vinegar BBQ sauce  laced with heat and nutmeg.  Mmm.

Consistency

Thin with some specks.  Some artificial colors.

Taste After Cooking

Nice heat.  Nutmeg strengthens and really kicks up the flavor.  I love a little nutmeg in BBQ sauce.

Nutrition

Average (typical high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, preservatives)

Ingredients

HFCS, water, distilled vinegar, tomato paste, corn syrup, salt, modified corn starch, red pepper, lemon juice concentrate, natural smoke flavor, paprika (color), spice, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate (preservatives), dried garlic, dried onion, caramel color 55030.

Branding/Packaging

Inconsistent with their original style.  Not a bad look, just plain.

Website

www.heckys.com

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