Getting anything in the mail is great (other than bills), but when it’s BBQ related, there’s an extra special excitement that comes with it. One Friday afternoon a couple of weeks ago I arrived home to find a priority mail box from Desert Smoke BBQ Sauce. I was lucky enough to get receive three bottles of sauce (Sweet & Spicy, Raspberry Chipotle, and Pineapple Habanero) and one spice rub (Southwestern Spice Rub).
I’m always curious how someone comes up with a product, what the germ of an idea was to bring it to market. Here’s a little insight into Tony Morales reason for starting up a BBQ sauce company “For years I complained about what was missing from BBQ sauces and dry rubs, always adding a lil’ bit of this and a lil’ bit of that to make them just rite. I finally decided it was time to stop complaining and start cookin’ and Desert Smoke BBQ was born.”
Sadly I dropped the Sweet & Spicy bottle, but here’s a great shot of what I received (post drop):
Tony continues, “For two years I immersed myself totally in the BBQ world, played with different ingredients and drove my friends and family crazy making them taste my concoctions. Finally, when I felt like each recipe tasted just the way it should, I bottled them up and gave em’ out to anyone who showed interest and would give me their opinion. Desert Smoke BBQ is committed to combining tangy Carolina BBQ Flavors with BIG, BOLD, Southwestern Spices to create the best Dry Rubs and DIPPIN’-MOPPIN’-BBQ Sauces around! Our products are crafted without additives or artificial preservatives using the finest all natural ingredients available.”
So I decided to go with the Pineapple Habanero as a mopping sauce and my test subject was a full chicken, chopped. I also went for the dry rub on the chickens prior to indirect grilling to let the flavors really soak in and add a second layer of taste complexity.
Closer look at the dry rub.
Here they are on the grill:
Used a generous helping of Pineapple Habanero sauce for my mop
Mopped and cooking away
Here’s the finished product (The rice was Birds Eye Steamfresh Rice. Seriously, I’ve ruined rice a thousand times. Why hadn’t they created something so easy years ago. Good stuff).
I have to say, Desert Smoke BBQ Sauce is a fantastic product. The chicken tasted amazing (OK, I texted a friend later that night and said it was the best chicken I had ever grilled, period. That’s a lot for someone that is not a huge fan of chicken). I’d use it again for chicken and I think it would work well with pork or beef (I think pork is ideal though). The spiciness of the habanero was perfect, just enough, but not overwhelming and the sweetness from the pineapple really balanced the heat. I’m big into super sweet anything and I would definitely not classify this sauce as ultra sweet. It really worked and added to the dish. Most importantly, they’re very affordable at $ 7.95 a bottle (the rub is only $ 6.99).
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