“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Sauces „
It was around July during that horrible heat wave that my brother and his new girl friend were coming to visit and to thank us for letting them stay they decided to make us a big barbeque dinner as thanks for letting them stay when we came home from work. However although my brother seems to swear by the Tesco brand BBQ sauce I really wasn't that taken by it.
Firstly it seemed really runny in comparison to the HP BBQ sauce that I usually like to get. You can see little brown dots in the semi-transparent brown liquid which doesn't look all that attractive. To be honest it has a consistency more of syrup than it does barbeque sauce. As nasty as this sounds I like barbeque sauce that is super sticky almost to the point that if you poured some into a boil and held it above you head it would stay it he bowl and sadly for this I wouldn't even put it on a plate for fear of it running away.
In terms of flavour it is sweet and maybe a tiny bit smokey but there is no heat to it, it seems to be really lacking paprika, tomato and a consistency as could be described as a sauce. It seems to taste more like a sweet chilli sauce without the chilli and stickiness with some artificial brown liquid inserted so not for me no where near enough flavour or texture to it and because of this it doesn't remain very much on your burger or sausage but instead gets absorbed by the bap or bread surrounding your meat which isn't great. Though it would still be fine as a dipping sauce for potato wedges or chicken dippers but not for barbequed burgers as suggested by the packaging.
In its defense though it doesn't seem to separate when left in the fridge and the upside down squeezy bottle means there is less wastage and it is easier to aim in your desired direction. Though as I have found with other Tesco brand sauces the plastic hinge on the lid is very weak and breaks off quite easily which leads to you either losing it or precariously replacing it each time its used to avoid making a mess of your fridge.
Though for £1.25 for 480g it is still not too bad if its for your kids chicken dippers and chips or for someone who likes plain food but for me who adds at least one birds eye chilli to almost everything I cook it was just a bit weak and bland for me unfortunately. Though it is relatively low in fat and suitable for vegetarians.
Tomato Puree,Glucose-Fructose Syrup ,Spirit Vinegar ,Black Treacle ,Dijon Mustard ,Soy Sauce ,Modified Maize Starch ,Roasted Barley Malt Extract ,Spices ,Flavouring ,Salt ,Onion Powder ,Garlic Powder ,Sweetener (Sucralose) ,Celery Extract ,Dijon Mustard contains: Water ,Mustard Seed ,Spirit Vinegar ,Salt ,Soy Sauce contains: Water ,Soya Bean ,Wheat ,Salt
Contains: Wheat, Gluten, Soya, Mustard & Celery
Other Allergen Info: Recipe: No nuts.Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free.Factory: Product made in a nut free area, but nuts used elsewhere.
It looks like it's been a few years since anyone did a review on Tesco's BBQ sauce, so I thought I'd give it a bit of an up date.
To start with the picture on the bottle has now changed from a couple of burgers to a sausage being held on a fork, however the overall design of the bottle still remains the same. The bottle is made of plyable plastic, for easy squeezing, which stands on it's cap meaning that all the sauce flows naturally to the opening without the need to do a tedious balancing act when you get near to the end of the bottle like you have to do with other brands.
The sauce itself is slightly thinner than the consistancy of Heinz Tomato Ketchup and is brown in colour, but it was the taste that got me. I'm a big BBQ sauce fan and I sometimes find that other BBQ sauces don't have enough flavour for me, they're too weak, or don't have enough heat in them, well this one hit all the right notes. It's sweet, but not too sweet, it's got heat, but not too much heat, it leaves a pleasent after taste in your mouth and also a little tingling feeling and it's not sticky.
I've tried it with burgers, sausage, steak, pork and chicken and it works great with all of them. I've even used it whilst I've been cooking pork, simply part cook the pork and then add a generous amount of bbq sauce to the pan and cook as normal, it adds a lovely sticky coating to the pork.
All in all a lovely sauce for the great price of £1 for a 480g bottle.
If there's one thing most people who know me well know, it's that I love barbeque sauce; I always have it with everything. I do always like to try new sauces too though as I get fed up of the same ones. While at Tesco the other week I was running low on sauce and decided to quickly grab what I could find, this is when I came across their own brand sauce. I had never seen their own barbeque sauce before so decided to give it a try as the price wasn't all that bad on it.
When you look at all the other sauces this doesn't really stand out in all honesty. It is quite plain and is in a transparent squeezy bottle with a label on the front, this has the Tesco logo and product title on it. There is also an image on it of barbeques being flame grilled which is obvious meant to tie in with this whole idea of it being a barbeque taste.
The product has all of the nutritional facts displayed on the label as well. It is based on each tablespoon which is probably an average serving. It contains 22 calories (1%), 4.7g of sugar (5%), Fat there are traces (<1%), saturates, again there are only traces and lastly 0.3g salt (5%). Looking on the bag there are details on allergy advice, the sauce does contain milk and soya and has no nuts in it. They cannot guarantee that it is nut free though as it is made in a nut free area but nuts are used elsewhere.
I usually have sauce either when I am having chips or something like southern fried chicken so I squeezed this all over my chips. It is a maroon coloured sauce which is obvious for this kind of flavour. It has a very strong smoky sort of barbeque smell to it which is always nice. It is not as great to taste as it smells though, I found this sauce a big disappointment. I thought it would make my chicken and chips taste better but it had a very artificial taste to it compared to other sauces of the same flavour that I have tried.
On its own the sauce tastes strong but with food it just doesn't seem so strong and I just didn't really like it that much. It tasted quite cheap and not really smoky or anything that I'd hoped it would. I really wanted it to add a barbeque taste to what I was eating like others that I have tried but it failed to do so and just seemed to have no real taste to it which was not appetising in any way.
Maybe it's just my taste buds and that I am trying to compare it too much to other sauces I have tried that have ticked all the boxes. You may like it if you like a subtle taste on what you are eating but being a real barbeque fan I just didn't find it satisfying my eating needs. It is ok for the price though to give it a try and like I said for some they may like this particular barbeque taste but I like a smokier, more apparent taste but some prefer the sweeter taste which this has.
Being Tesco only, this is obviously only available for purchase at Tesco. I paid 84p for a 490g bottle which I didn't think too pricey even if I didn't like it compared to its competitors it is considerably lower.
Tomato Puree, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Molasses, Spirit Vinegar, Modified Maize Starch, Sugar, Salt, Flavourings (contains Milk, Soya), Paprika, Black Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder.
I usually use HP BBQ sauce but swapped to this Tesco own brand one a few months ago. I think I originally brought it because the HP range was on special offer and Tesco had run out but I haven't looked back because the Tesco one is loads tastier and goes proper nice with everything I've tried it on.
It's only 84p for a 490g bottle and comes in one of them clever bottles that has a big lid and stands upside down, that means you can always get the sauce out right down to the very last bit without having the stress of trying to stand a HP bottle up on the tiny lid that that has! lol
The taste is AMAZING! Some of you might remember that I reviewed Tesco's Sticky BBQ Marinade a couple of weeks ago and said that that was disgusting, well they come in the same sort of bottle so make sure you pick the right one up!!!
The sauce is not quite as thick as HP but that doesn't matter because it's so tasty and goes proper nice with everything. It's got a bit of a sweet taste but after a second you get a wicked tangy taste in your mouth as the different spices in the bbq sauce come through. It hasn't got a sticky texture but deffo TASTE'S sticky. It's like a bbq sauce we used to buy years ago, I think Discovery made it but it hasn't been available for years but this one is dead similar.
It's got quite a meaty taste and goes wicked with meat, chicken and even raw vegetable sticks are nice dipped into this bbq sauce. HP never goes very well with veg because the sauce has got a strong vinegar taste that covers the taste of carrots or whatever you're having, but this Tesco one has got the sort of sweet and slight smokey flavour that complements the different flavours instead of covering them up.
Last night I had it with steak and used a bit to brush over the steak while it was cooking, the meat come out tasting lush because of how the bbq had soaked into the meat while it was in the oven.
I'll deffo carry on buying this bbq sauce because the taste is just loads nicer than the HP or Heinz versions, it tastes more exciting because it's not just straight forward bbq sauce and has got such a yummy tangy after taste that I'm getting through at least a bottle a week at the minute!
Recommended.... delish with a proper bbq taste!!!
Tesco Barbeque Sauce is the barbecue sauce I've been searching for all my life! It retails in Tesco at a reasonable 84p for a 490g bottle. The bottle has a wide cap, is squeezy, and is upside down to help you get to your sauce quickly and easily when needed.
This sauce reminds me a lot of a barbecue sauce I used to have served with chicken strips in a restaurant that shut down in my area years ago. After that place closed, I never quite found the same sauce anywhere else. It sounds like such a small, inconsequential thing to be concerned about, but I well and truly loved that sauce and was sorely disappointed when the restaurant shut down and took it with them.
Until recently I'd been using Heinz barbecue sauce, and I thought it was pleasant enough. We decided we'd try this out of the blue one shopping trip purely because of the price difference (this is £1 less than the Heinz version). We'd also used HP in the past, but that stuff just doesn't want to come out of the bottle - and even when it does it's not that special in my opinion.
This sauce has the kind of flavour that you just know will compliment any meat product you care to think of. From spare ribs to chicken strips and it goes beautifully with chunky oven chips on the side as well. It's got really quite a thin texture to it, and yet it's got that sticky taste at the same time. It's sweet but with a savoury edge to it, and it's got a really powerful tang that lingers for the duration of your meal.
Obviously the other great thing about this product is the packaging. You can always get the sauce out easily with a little squeeze, and the wide opening at the bottom means it's quick too. I like the chunky cap for standing it up as well, and have been impressed with the general quality of the packaging considering the price range this product falls into.
I really love this stuff and recommend it highly. I very rarely rate Tesco own products above the best selling brand names, but in this case, Tesco win hands down.