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My guilty secret (apart from still reading Enid Blyton) is a sneaky McDolalds on a Friday night, with the excuse of having worked hard all week so I deserve a treat! I always have a Quarterpounder with Cheese Meal, and I always have barbecue sauce with it - its my favourite part of the whole thing.
I have trawled the stores looking for something to match it, and stupidly gathered expensive jars of runny, overhot rubbish at the back of my cupboards, because for some reason I never bothered to try the Heinz version.
It was the OH that brought this home, much to my disgust - I thought it would be cheap and nasty, as it only cost £1.75 for a big 570g pack.
The pack itself was different to the the in the Dooyoo pic, in that the bottle is short and fat, and usefully designed with the lid at the bottom, so as to ensure ease of squeeze towards the end of its life. Its wider design also means it sits better in the door of the fridge, instead of toppling like most sauce bottles.
The consistency of this is exactly like ketchup - smooth, gloopy but not in a bad way, not too runny so it stays roughly where it is put. Its a rich dark brown, not as dark as HP, and smells smoky and delicious. I tried the sauce with a bowl of hot chips, and the flavour was fantastic - smoky, tomatoey, kind of hot but not chilli-hot, and with a lovely savoury hint of mesquite. Just a little on a chip as enough to add excitement to the whole thing, so even though you can't help but dip every single bite, you don't need a huge dollop on your plate.
Since my first chip experiment, I have used this as a dip for mini sausages, chicken wings, wedges, breaded mushrooms, onion rings, fish fingers, bacon sandwiches and even toast! Mmmmm, reading that back, I feel a trip to the gym might be in order! But the point is, its versatile and yummy on almost anything.
I've come to love this Heinz BBQ sauce so much I wonder if I'll end up on that "Freaky Eaters" programme - its that good. I've also nearly weaned myself off the McDonalds, cos I don't need their sauce anywhere near so much! If you haven't tried this, do so now!
I must admit that I do love BBQ sauce. I like it with a variety of foodstuffs such as potato wedges and waffles, and I do like to dip things such as chicken (or in my case, Quorn) dippers into a generous dollop of BBQ sauce... Yummy!
Having tried and tested several brands over the years, I usually always end up going back to the HP variety - "Classic Woodsmoke Flavour". I find that this variety of BBQ sauce is so rich and tasty that it makes it a winner over other brands.
Before I go any further, I mentioned that the sauce I usually buy is the "HP Classic Woodsmoke" variety, and this is worth noting as there are several 'sub-brands' of HP BBQ sauce, such as a hot and spicy version. This review is of course for the HP Classic Woodsmoke variety, and this is the correct place to post this review, I've checked!
Packaged in a 430g plastic bottle, there is a black and green coloured label to the front of the bottle, with an attractive design on the front. I find that the packaging has quite a modern 'edge' to it, and I also find that it is an easy product to use, given the flip-up plastic cap and the plastic bottle make the product easy to dispense onto my plate.
The label proudly informs me that this product is "Rich and traditional BBQ sauce with an authentic smokey flavour." I must admit that I do agree with this statement wholeheartedly, particularly in respect of the sauce having a very rich and smokey flavour. I find that this is the main aspect of other BBQ sauces letting themselves down; they are just not smokey or tasty enough!
The HP sauce has just the right look to it, in my humble opinion. Firstly, the colour is just right and is a rich looking dark brown colour, not unlike traditional HP brown sauce. The consistency of the sauce is not overly thick so that it is difficult to dispense from the bottle, but neither does it run all over my food when I have squeezed some out onto my plate.
The smell of the smokey BBQ flavour is quite evident even as I dispense the sauce from the bottle, such is its richness and high quality. A delicious aroma wafts from the sauce bottle, and I find this aroma is quite flavoursome and mouth-watering!
I find that the HP classic BBQ sauce is a brilliant accompaniment to many dishes and meals, and in actual fact I have used this sauce as the base for a BBQ dip in the past too, which I think shows it can be quite versatile to use. I also think that the smokey flavour and taste to the sauce is what really compliments dishes such as potato-based side dishes or vegetables.
The sauce has a very smokey taste as you would expect from any similar product, but I do find that this particular sauce is really quite sweet. I don't find this to be particularly off-putting or over-powering, but then again I do have a very sweet tooth! I do find that the sauce has a bit of a spice-like taste, but it is not hot or anything and I think the spice just makes up part of the BBQ flavour. All in all it tastes exactly as I think any good BBQ sauce should taste, and I personally wouldn't 'tweak' the ingredients or recipe at all!
The nutritional information on the side of the bottle informs me that a 20g serving of this sauce will provide me with 29 calories and a trace of fat. I can also see that there is a website for the product at www.hpsauce.co.uk, should you be interested in obtaining any further information, which might prove useful if you suffer from any food allergies, given that there is no allergy advice given on the packaging! (Tut tut!!)
The HP classic woodsmoke BBQ sauce is widely available from all good supermarkets. I buy mine regularly from either Asda or Tesco, where it costs in the region of £1.50 for the 430g bottle. This might prove to be a bit pricier than other brands but believe me - it is worth it!
All in all I would highly recommend this BBQ sauce... I find it is an ideal accompaniment to many dishes - BBQ weather or not! It gets a tasty five out of five Dooyoo stars from me, and I will definitely continue to buy it over any other brands of BBQ sauce.
Hp BBq Sauce is rich in falvour and adds to certin foods such as chips, burgers and BBq's.
The sauce is one of the tastiest out there and adds to the many varieties that Hp Produce.
The sauce is rich and authentic and is one of the best out there. The packaging is likeable with the HP brand being the most prominant. The bottle is the standard bottle for Hp and has become one of the key buys in my monthly shop. It is best served chilled and kept in the fridge and is small enough not to tale up much space
The ingredients are Tomatoes, syrup, viniger with salts and flavourings which all add up to the summer taste of the sauce.
To much can be a bit sickly but in moderation adds to the taste of the food of choice. its best applied to meats such as chicken and can be added as a coating on Some BBq Foods
One to try
I absolutely love Bbq sauce and get through at least a bottle a week much to my Mothers disgust! I'm the only one in my home that eats it and by far my favourite so far is this bbq sauce (and believe me over the years I've sampled many lol!).
I must clarify before I get stuck into the review that athough I'm reviewing the HP Original BBQ Sauce mine is the classic woodsmoked variety and Dooyoo won't provide another link for it so although it is a slightly different product and sauce it's literally called the same. Confused? Well the one I'm reviewing only comes in a squeezy bottle lol.
430g see-through squeezy bottle with a white flip top opening to the top of it concealing a small hole. On the front of the bottle there is a black and green label and on that in white and bright green writing I'm told it is HP Original BBQ Sauce 'Classic Woodsmoked Flavour' which is a 'Thick and traditional BBQ sauce with an authentic smokey flavour'. To the sides of the label other information includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients and nutritional information is given, I'm told how to store the product and contact details for Heinz are given. its a nice enough bottle and being squeezy it is easy to dispense the sauce out of. To get the last dregs out is also easy enough as you can simply stand the bottle on it's 'head' lol.
A Bit About The Product According To The Bottle:
HP BBQ Sauce adds a delicious flavour to your favourite dishes. The original BBQ Taste. HP Classic Woodsmoke BBQ Sauce has a great smokey flavour drawn from an authentic wood smoking process. It's the perfect accompaniment to grilled and barebecued meats and all your favourite dishes. It is also a great baste; simply turn the meat and brush with sauce during the last 5-10 minutes of grilling.
Th Sauce Itself:
Well it's by far my favourite in the bbq sauce stakes and to me it is not only the best quality I've come across but tastes great in every way.
It has a lovely sweet, smoky smell to it and when you pour it the bottle needs a light squeeze cos although this is slightly runny it isn't a water like sauce and is of good consistency. It is a smooth dark brown sauce and I usually like this as a dip for my chips or meat or whatever. I've even used this as a bbq base for pizza rather than tomato puree and added meats to it.
It is rich, it is smoky and it tastes like a naturally sweet bbq sauce with a slight stickiness to it. It's slightly fruity with a slightly spicy undertone but it isn't hot in any way. It is as I have said naturally sweet but also possesses a slight tartness to it which is the vinegar content in this. It's simply a very rich bbq sauce.
I have used this to baste meat too as I'm such a fan of the flavour of bbq sauce and once again this comes up trumps. You don't need much of it and it does melt under heat but like the instructions say on the bottle you use it to baste, so have a brush ready and get painting! It does add a lovely flavour to food and gives a nice colour at the same time!
The original and the best bbq sauce on the market in my opinion. It really is a lovely smokey bbq sauce that is very versatile and if your lazy like me it's great with plain food to perk it up a bit! Yummy!
Nutritional Information per 20g Serving:
Energy: 29 Kcal
of which sugars: 6.0g
of which saturates: Trace
Salt equivalent: 0.5g
Available in different flavours and in all good supermarkets priced at around £1.39 a bottle (and worth every penny!).
This is the best sauce going and I have it on everything even my meat on a Sunday dinner because I don't like mint sauce much.
The thing I like most about it is that it has got a strong tangy taste but it's also a bit sweet and that makes it not too spicy even though you can taste the spices in it.
It looks just like brown sauce and goes well with everything you put it on. My favourite way to use it is on a toasted cheese sandwich because I think that tastes so nice and stops the greasy taste you get from hot cheese. It's good on bacon or sausage sandwiches as well or over chips from the chippy. I sometimes put a load on a baked potato and the put loads of grated cheese on top and that's a wicked meal.
My mum uses this HP BBQ sauce to marinade chicken drumsticks before she puts them in the oven and then the smoky flavour of the sauce comes out brill. It does have quite a smoky taste anyway but when the sauce is cold it's not very obvious over the tang of the sauce but when you cook with it it's loads better.
We always get the plastic squeezy bottles because it's easier to get the sauce out but I think you can still buy the glass bottles like Dooyoo have got for their picture but the sauce isn't exactly the same I don't think. The Honey BBQ sauce in this range is nice as well but it isn't as versatile as this one because it has a sweeter stickier taste that doesn't go so well with vegetables and potatoes I don't think but it still tastes wicked with meat or chicken.
Tesco are selling all the plastic bottles of HP BBQ sauce for £1.00 at the minute and I've stocked up because it's usually about £1.69 a bottle and that works out very expensive because a bottle only lasts us for about a week.
We are all sauce addicts in my house, be it tomato, brown, burger, relish, salad cream, mayo, reggae reggae, ect.... so we are always eager to try a different one. I picked this one up by mistake as I thought it was the woodsmoke flavour one. It turned out that this is just BBQ flavour, although it say's on the side of the bottle that it gives a smokey flavour so whether they have changed the label or not I'm not to sure. This comes in a square glass bottle with a brown label with HP written across the top in large letters, underneath it say's BBQ with the usual well known picture of the Houses of Parliament.
This sauce is of a thick brown colour, with a wonderful smell once you have unscrewed the white cap. You can smell the woody scent through all that brown sauce. It has a sharp taste which really gets your tastebuds going and it pours out at a really slow smooth stream and is not one that has to have a good old hard smack on the bottom!
This sauce gets it woody smoked flavour as it is put through an authentic
wood smoking process. You do not have to have this sauce as just a dollop
on your plate or in your cheese sandwiches it is very versatile. It can be used as a baste for chicken or other meats before putting onto the barbie, just brush some onto the food about 10 mins before finishing the cooking. I would normally cook my chicken until almost cooked then put some on and then put onto the barbie to finish off.
This can also be used as a marinade when mixed together with some soy sauce, dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Mix equal measures of sauces and vinegar (30ml) and mustard (15m ) with olive oil (50ml). Pour
over your chosen meat and marinade for 30 mins or for as long as you want.
Sometimes I do it the day before and leave overnight for a stronger taste!
This sauce is suitable for vegetarians and has 29kcal per 20g serving, so not to bad even if watching your weight as you will only need a small amount as the taste is quite strong.
The story behind HP is quite amusing as it starts of that in 1875 Edwin Samspson Moore started up the Midlands Vinegar Company, which he continued for many years. He was on a trip to Nottingham to collect some money from a grocer who had fell behind with his payments. Mr Garton had
been brewing in the back of his little grocery store when Mr Moore entered
and smelt the sauce in the air. This was called Gartons HP Sauce, Mr Moore
asked Mr Garton what HP stood for and he replied that there had been rumours that it had been seen in the Houses of Parliament. So Mr Moore asked for the recipe and wrote off Mr Gartons debt. It was some years before he finally released it onto the market for all to try. So we should all be thanking Mr Garton for this and if he hadn't been in debt we maybe wouldn't have this today.
This sauce comes in a variety of different flavours for example:
~~~ Indian Curry ~~~
~~~ Mexican Chilli ~~~
~~~ American Sauce ~~~
~~~ Thia Chilli ~~~
~~~ Fruity ~~~
~~~ Mild Honey bbq ~~~
~~~ Jalapeno Peppers and Lime ~~~
~~~ Smokey Chilli ~~~
~~~ Steak Sauce ~~~
~~~ HP Reduced Sugar and Salt Brown Sauce ~~~
This sauce has to be kept in the fridge once it has been opened and used within 8 weeks of opening ( chance would be a fine thing in our house!)
These sauces can come in the form of a plastic squeezy bottle with a flip lid or a glass bottle with a screw lid. They cost between 85p to around the £1.50 mark depending on which sauce and size bottle. We will never be without a couple of different bottles in our fridge as we get through so much of the stuff!!!
Now this is one of my personal favourites. Being the only person at home who enjoys the BBQ Sauce experience, whenever I buy a bottle of the stuff, it usually lasts a while. Not this baby! Versatile is its middle name. You can pour it, dip it, marinade it, baste it, hell, I'd drink the damn stuff if I could!!!
It is basically tomato ketchup, but with added vinegar, molasses and a smoke flavouring to give it the BBQ kick. It is sweet, yet tangy and leaves a wonderful smoky aftertaste.
The consistency is like that of ketchup, a lot thinner than a lot of BBQ sauces, but I feel works better as a marinade like this.
To use as a marinade, pour some into a zip-lock bag, throw the meat in (Chicken or pork works best), pour some more over and then give it a good massage.
Grill the meat on a medium heat until cooked through, basting now and again with more of the good stuff.
Mix equal part's of sauce to mayonnaise for a cracking dip.
Use as a table sauce with virtually anything.
It's best companion are Breaded Onion Rings. They are like he strawberry's and cram of the junk food world. Absolute bliss!
The Bottle is quite funky too. It holds 500ml of sauce and is upside down. The bottle stands on its wide, chunky lid, so you never have to worry about getting the last blob out.
All in all, get a bottle, you won't regret it!
I previously published this reeview on Ciao under the name Sethsurvey. It was a while ago, but it's still my favourite sauce!
If ever there's an offer to be had I will usually use it as a way to try out new products. I have a bit of a thing for trying out new sauces on my chips; I love Sweet and Sour or Sweet Chilli. However, I still love the originals like Tomato Ketchup and Brown sauce but if there's one thing I love for things like chicken dippers or nuggets then it has to be barbecue sauce! I love it but you can get so many variations, you just have to get it right and that is exactly where the product of HP's Wood smoke BBQ sauce comes in as it was my first time trying it.
The sauce, the packaging is nothing which is particularly eye catching. I was in Tesco at the time one of the larger stores, so they had a bigger range of barbecue sauces. They all were quite expensive though; well over £1 so I guess this must be a richer sauce. I looked at some but the brand didn't seem right but when I saw that HP did a Wood smoke flavour I wanted it because the idea of smokiness to it seemed more appealing and just like what I like.
The bottle is clear so you can see your sauce levels; it has the usual HP logo on the front as well keeping it quite basic. The front has green text in a circle almost like a stamp saying that it is original BBQ sauce but in white creating a contrast it states that it is wood smoke. It states the sauce is the original sauce with a rich smoky flavour. All ingredients are listed on the side of the squeezy bottle. Per serving the sauce is 29 calories with traces of fat.
The sauce like most BBQ sauces has a maroon like colour to it and the smell of this particular sauce reminds me of a campfire. You really can smell the smokiness of the wood smoke effect on it and the sauce itself has a great taste. I usually use quite a lot of sauce on my chips or my chicken nuggets etc. The squeezy bottle makes it easy to come out as it has quite a runny consistency. It adds a great flavour to most things making them taste a lot sweeter.
The sauce is ideal for a lot of things they also recommend that if you are cooking meat you can brush it with this sauce to add more flavour to it. I found that with my bottle white is a 430g tall thin bottle, I use it quite a lot but it has lasted me a good month, however it has gone down a lot quicker than my other sauces but this could be because it is my main preference. I think the sauce is worth the money as it does definitely make me love eating chips amongst other things a lot more as I just love the taste.
With the added wood smoke flavour, it makes me even hungrier when I open up the lid of this bottle and catch the strong burning like smell arising. It has a lot more depth to it than the other barbecue sauces out there with the wood smoke as this makes it slightly stronger but a bit more tastier giving it that little bit extra.
Now, if the description of the sauce has tempted you then I will now tell you where exactly you can pick yourself up a bottle of this. I purchased mine at Tesco and as said previously it was a 430g bottle which cost £1.49 which compared to Tesco value or other competitors may seem like a lot but it is definitely worth the money as the bottle lasts a good while unless you use it lots daily and I will never get another BBQ sauce again after having this one.
The HP range consists of many sauces from original brown, their most famous to Sweet Chilli, Curry and Fruity sauces. I like the slight spiciness in HP sauces they are the edgier sauce on the market but are a well known brand. If you want to know more about HP and their products then the website http://www.hpsauce.com will give you more information telling you nutritional information etc.
I have always loved the brown Hp sauce and so when I noticed that they had brought other flavours like the BBQ, I had to give it a try.
The BBq sauce that I tried is called Original BBQ sauce with Classic woodsmoke flavour. It has the BBQ name written across the bottle in green.
I buy the 430g squeezy type of bottle, which is a lot easier to use than the glass bottle.
When you first open the lid you get a very strong woody BBQ smell, which has a hint of sweetness.
The consistency of the sauce is similar to the brown but maybe slightly runnier. It's also lighter in colour than the brown sauce, with a red tint to it.
I find the flavour to this sauce simply the best that you can buy. It's sweet and full of that BBq smokey flavour that it goes really well with burgers or sausages. It also works really well as a dipping sauce for things like onion rings or potato wedges.
H.J. Heinz manufactures the Hp sauce in the Netherlands for HP foods ltd in Middlesex.
The sauce can be used over chicken strips and cooked in the oven to give the chicken a wonderful grilled Smokey flavour all the way through.
The ingredients to the sauce are
Tomatoes, Glucose-fructose syrup, Spirit Vinegar, Molasses, Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Spices, Flavourings.
Per 20g serving
0.5g Salt equivalent.