Luna Mercato Blueberry Barbecue Sauce (3/5)

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3-2

It’s been awhile since my review of Luna Mercato’s Strawberry Barbecue Sauce – more than enough time to let give my tastebuds a break from fruity BBQ sauce.  In general, I’m just not a big fan of the category.  While there are certainly stand-outs (the sauce formerly known as Carribean Calypso for example), there’s a lot of mileage in between the stars.

[Tangent: I sometimes wonder if I’ve been too easy going in the past and before writing down my final comments here , I re-read the Strawberry review only to realize I was coming off a bad BBQ trip that was caused by Tassleberry Farms Strawberry BBQ Sauce.  I’m sure the Tassleberry gang isn’t so happy with my critique, but when I tried their sauce I literally gagged.  And when I didn’t gag on Luna’s Strawberry, I was amazed – it was the best Strawberry fruit sauce that I’ve ever had.  4 stars!  End Tangent]

For the blueberry variety, I feel similar about the flavor as related to Tassleberry, but I don’t think this one warrants the 4 stars.  The ingredients aren’t great.  The flavor is good, but average and nothing I was really going back for when it spent time in my fridge…  The blueberry taste is there, and in the right proportion if you are a big fan of blueberries.  The consistency is decent, a little thin, but sticky, and holds well to meat.   But it really is a novelty item – not one I’d keep around for the average BBQ grill night.

Smell 3
Taste 3
Consistency  4
Ingredients 3
Label and marketing 4

Ingredients:

Blueberry Jelly (Blueberry Puree, Sugar, Pectin), Tomato Paste, Water, Corn Syrup, Brown Sugar, Vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce (Distilled Vinegar, Molasses, Corn Syrup, Water, Salt, Caramel Color, Sugar, Spices, Anchovy Puree, Natural Flavor (Contains Soy), Tamarind), Liquid Smoke, Spices, Salt.

Website:

Luna Mercato

Recipe:

Blueberry BBQ Sauce Pizza

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