Sorry for the lame title folks, Passow’s got a case of the Post Superbowl Drinking Monday’s. So to solve that problem I’m cracking open a product from the Buckeye State, Walt’s Spicy Barbeque Sauce. This hails from all the way down in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Walt’s Spicy Barbeque Sauce Ingredients: Ketchup, vinegar, molasses, brown sugar, citrus juice, Habanero, spices, liquid smoke.
This comes in a salsa type jar (which few places use) and for the type of sauce this is, makes dipping barbequed food into it a breeze! I do have to point out that ketchup is not expanded upon on the ingredients list which I believe is a requirement. The label is simple but stands out and has that “local” vibe to it which I so appreciate. Now let’s give her a taste!
Mmmmm……thick and sweet! Instantly, the molasses and the ketchup mingle together to form the base flavor that continues into the aftertaste for this sauce. There’s a little hint of vinegar on the center of the tongue and when it combines with the citrus juice it becomes a little distracting, but not a lot. After that the fruity Habanero makes its appearance and then the liquid smoke and brown sugar round the flavors out. A lot of times, sauces that use liquid smoke are overly Smokey and artificial tasting, but Walt’s use of it is spot on perfect!
The heat is definitely a good, solid medium. It starts at the center of the tongue and creeps its way to the back of the mouth and then fades. Very manageable and enjoyable. All things said, this is a fantastic sauce! I found myself spooning it right out the jar (love that molasses taste) and mainly using it as a dipping sauce.
Taste: 8.9, Heat: 5