Majority of the time I make my own BBQ sauce. That's just the way that I do things. However, I couldn't wait to test out this stuff. I mean it's pretty cool when someone has enough faith in a product to start marketing it. When the box of Dimples arrived it came with a nice description of the sauce so I knew what to expect. The promotional materials state that Dimples "is a pleasant medley of sweet tomatoes and tangy vinegar." Sounds good so far!
I tested this sauce out three ways. The first was on a spoon with no meat. The second way was on grilled wings. The third way was on reheated sliced brisket flat.
The night that the sauce arrived I opened it up and did the "spoon test." I poured out a little on a spoon. My first thoughts were that it was smooth and sweet with a hint of tangy. This is a simple sauce. There isn't anything crazy going on with it. Certainly this isn't a bad thing. After the first test I knew that this sauce would work well with a wide variety of foods. So far so good, on to the next test.
Testing a BBQ sauce on wings requires a bit more analysis than just taste. I also add in a "grillability" factor. This factor assesses how well the sauce sticks to the wings and how the sauce handles pretty hot direct heat. As you may have seen in my Grilled BBQ Wings update this sauce works really well with wings. The thickness of the sauce helps prevent it from running off the wings. When you brush the sauce on it pretty much sticks. I also think that this sauce is perfect for multiple saucing applications. When you like to "tinker" with wings and apply sauce, move the wings around to let them char, apply some more sauce, move them around etc., this sauce will work well. The sugar content in the sauce appears to be pretty high and this really works well with the direct heat. The sauce sort of cooks into the meat and the sugars almost caramelize a bit. This helps create that classic BBQ chicken look where the chicken has taken on that deep red color. Dimples passes the grilled wing test with flying colors.
The final test is a good assessment of how well the sauce can handle the smokey flavor of real barbecued meats. I had some leftover smoked brisket that I was looking to use up. Reheating brisket is pretty easy as it just requires a 250-350 degree oven for an hour or so. I like to smother the brisket slices in sauce and reheat it in aluminum foil. I like to close the foil so the reheating process will take place with a bit of steam.
The consistency, or I guess I should say the viscosity, of the sauce again helps out with the reheating process in this case because the sauce sticks well to the brisket slices. After the reheat the first thing I noticed when I took a bite was that the sauce didn't overpower the brisket. What I mean by this is that the smokey flavor of the beef was certainly noticeable. This is a great thing. I don't want a sauce that will cover up and conceal all the hard work that I put into smoking a brisket. This sauce was complementary. The sweet tang of Dimples was a really cool addition to the smoked brisket. Dimples aced the brisket test.
In summary I really like this BBQ sauce. It is a very mellow BBQ sauce that doesn't have any bit of spice to it. The flavors you notice here are sweet and tangy. Tomatoes certainly predominate the sauce as it should for being a tomato based sauce. I find it unique that there is a hint of vinegar tang to the sauce. It seems to be a blend of both worlds when you consider a typical tomato based sauce versus a typical vinegar based sauce. Most of all I like how the sauce takes the background to the meat. When I bite into wings or brisket I want to taste wings and brisket. I don't want to taste sauce only. The sauce should complement the meal and that is what Dimples does well. I'm totally impressed with Dimples BBQ sauce. Grilling24x7 rates Dimples with an "A."
Do you want to try some Dimples? I'll giveaway a bottle of Dimples BBQ sauce, a BBQ sauce hat and a Koozie to the winner. All you have to do to enter the giveaway is to leave a comment on my Facebook page telling me what you'd like to put some Dimples BBQ sauce on. I'll randomly pick a winner on December 1, 2012 (Winner must have a US mailing address).
Disclaimer: Dimples sent me a few small bottles of BBQ sauce to evaluate. Other than this I have no relationship with the company.
By John Thomas
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