30 July 2008
BBQ SAUCE OF THE WEEK: Tommy Boy Bust 'n Bourbon BBQ Sauce
Whiskey is certainly no stranger as an ingredient in barbecue sauce. Shoot, as anyone who's ever visited the gift shops in Lynchburg knows, Whiskey is no stranger in any number of food products. But rarely is it featured as prominently as it is here. This is upstart Berry Hill eatery Tommy Boy Sausage Company's signature sauce - Bust 'n Bourbon BBQ Sauce. Used properly, bourbon can certainly be a tasty condiment component. In this case, I can't make up my mind whether its application may be a bit heavyhanded for a barbecue sauce. The smoky sweet essence of the bourbon is the first thing you smell when you open the jar, and it's the first thing you taste as well. The consistency of the sauce is medium, lightly coating a spoon. There are visible bits of spice suspended in the sauce. In addition to the bourbon flavor, there are notes of onion, apple and citrus. Bottom line: as an all-purpose barbecue sauce, this probably isn't what you're looking for, but for certain applications, it just might work.