12 March 2008

BBQ SAUCE OF THE WEEK: Rendezvous Famous Barbecue Sauce

As I mentioned in the last post, I recently made a trip to Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous in Memphis. And while I stand by my opinion that their ribs are overrated, I found myself interested in their barbecue sauce. At $3.50 for an 18-ounce bottle, it was not as expensive I would have expected, given the place's tourist trap status.

The sauce is not very thick - roughly the viscosity of a vinaigrette dressing - lightly coating a dipped toothpick. The consistency of the sauce is smooth, with a plentiful amount of particles suspended in it.

It's tomato-based, as most Memphis sauces are, but not as sweet. It leads with a tangy vinegar punch which slowly recedes to reveal earthy tones of tomato and onion, with an essence of mustard. The sauce finishes with a lingering burn and a trace of smoke.

Grade: B

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