Not many sauces come in that cause me to snicker at their potentially unintended double-meaning – is this sauce a candidate for Engrish.com? Instead of being home-made sauce or homemade sauce or maybe even “homade” (if we want to start inventing words)…. the makers of this sauce chose “ho-made.” I’ve seen a few BBQ sauce forums posting a pic of this one and wondering the same – is it intentional or is it a mistake? Here’s a Flickr pic. Here’s a post on Foundshit.com.
The sauce itself is a semi-unremarkable sauce which tastes a bit like slightly modified ketchup. Notable usage of nutmeg and clove, but not enough to make the taste stand-out in the crowd. The ambiguous usage of the word “ho” might be all the free marketing this sauce is going to get. Medium thickness, medium taste, and peppery – but a bit on the bland side.
Average BBQ sauce smell – vinegar and tomato with a hint of perhaps tamarind to round it off.
Expected a bit more based on the ingredients list. Tasted vinegar, tomato, pepper, garlic. Was hoping for more nutmeg or allspice or clove flavor to come out.
Medium thickness. Right in the middle, but almost leaning on the watery side.
Water, Tomato Paste, Sugar, Tomato Paste, Vinegar, Salt, Corn Syrup, Garlic, Turmeric, Tamarind, Smoke Flavoring, Modified Corn Starch, Xanthan Gum, Nutmeg, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Allspice, Clove, Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate).
Sauce Score: 3
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