Twitter is a wonderful way to "meet" people! I got a tweet from @nephewsbbq (Dylan Moody) asking if I'd like to have some samples of his BBQ sauces to try. I told him I'd be happy to give them a taste. A few days later a box arrived with jars of all six flavors. I don't normally review six BBQ sauces all at once, but I figured in this case it would be the best thing to do. So I had a few friends over, cooked up some chicken drumettes and we taste tested all the sauces.
Nephews BBQ sauce is a gourmet line of bbq sauces where we pair the sweetness of fruit with the spiciness of chili peppers. The result is an award winning line of unique bbq sauces that will make you the king of your next backyard bbq or tailgate. Nephews started out as a wedding favor for friends and family at his wedding in 2009. The response was overwhelming and after winning an award in December Nephews BBQ Sauce was born. Once you try our sauce we are confident you will invite Nephews to all your bar-b-ques!So here's a compilation of the comments from five wing users over the course of an evening. It's interesting to note the degree of "heat" each of the taste testers could handle. My comments about each sauce is marked in italics.
It’s not a surprise that all of four of the taste testers thought this sauce was sweet. Everyone considered the sauce to be mild. Other comments included: “very smooth,” “good flavor,” “to sweet,” “no heat and good for everyone.” A couple of the taster testers noticed a lot of vinegar. For my tastes this sauce would be more of the traditional type of sauce I would use for pulled pork or chicken. There is a taste of vinegar, and that’s not a bad thing, but it does have a tendency to stand out on lightly seasoned meats like chicken. For someone not used to a vinegar type sauce they might have a problem with this. This is a great everyday sauce.
For everyone the peach flavor popped right out on this sauce. Comments: “Moderate heat,” very good flavor,” “nice peach,” “everyone would like this sauce.” I tasted the peach right off. This sauce would go with just about anything. If you like fruit based sauces this is one you’ve got to try. There’s not a lot of chipotle flavor and for most people that will be good. For my tastes this is a moderate sauce. But don’t think it’s “hot” because it’s not. I’m just not sure what level is between mild and moderate.
Everyone got the orange in this sauce. It’s not hidden at all. Comments: “good tangy flavor,” “very good flavor,” nice citrus,” “mild to sever heat,” “mild heat.” WOW! This sauce has some pucker power. The citrus/orange just whacks you right up front and doesn’t go away. I love this sauce. Don’t let the habanero in the title, this sauce isn’t nearly as hot as other sauces on the market that use habanero. I’d use this sauce on just about anything, but it’s going to be a staple for pulled pork and fish.
Okay, this sauce just about killed one of my taste testers. It’s the hottest of the bunch. Comments: “burn baby burn…lips, tongue and throat,” “good flavor, nice afterburn,” “for people who want a hot flavor,” “a very nice kick to it. Not outrageously strong but still a strong burn,” “not for wimps.” This sauce is more of the traditional type “hot” BBQ sauce. It’s nice but for me, when compared, to the others there’s not anything I would call special about it.
Just like the other fruit sauces the flavor of the fruit just jumped right out front and took charge for all the tasters. Comments: “very strong cherry flavor,” “not much heat, small kick at the end,” “love the sweetness,” “mild.” I found this sauce to be much like the peach sauce. And that’s a good thing. My two favorite woods to smoke with are peach and cherry and this sauce will compliment many of the dishes I like to cook. Again, not a lot of the traditional chipotle flavor.
Pumpkin and Ghost Peppers! This was the sauce we were all a little hesitant to try. One of the hottest peppers on Earth combined with pumpkin, not your traditional BBQ sauce combination. Comments: “slight pumpkin flavor,” “mild to warm,” “did not taste pumpkin,” “moderate heat,” “good pumpkin flavor,” “good spice flavors,” “nice mix of the pumpkin and pepper flavors.” I expect the heat of this sauce to just kill every opportunity for the pumpkin flavor to be found. Not true at all. This is a mild to moderate hot BBQ sauce. The pumpkin, for me, just popped. When I tasted this sauce I immediately thought of Thanksgiving. Weird, I know. I really love this sauce. It’s different, yet not so odd that it won’t go with your meats or side dishes. I’ve had lots of non-traditional sauces (gimmick) and most of them aren’t meant to be taken seriously. This sauce is seriously good.
Let me be honest here. When Dylan first contacted me and I went to their website and read about these sauces I was not sure what I was getting myself into. I had the misfortune of trying strawberry BBQ Sauce once and I wasn’t ready for another “spit out my meat” episode. But I’d committed to trying them so I did.
These sauces are different. Different in a good way. What I especially appreciated was that the fruit seemed to take the front of the stage. I love the flavors of these sauces. The “peppers” take second fiddle. They are there but they are in the sauce in a manner that doesn’t mask the fantastic flavors of the fruit. For the most part the heat doesn’t overpower anything. I review a lot of sauces and there are few that I dislike. But there are even fewer that I’ve come right out and said, “Buy this sauce.”
You can find out more about Nephew’s sauces here.