15 April 2009

BBQ SAUCE OF THE WEEK: Cajun Island Sweet Blackened Sauce



It's time for another culinary buzzword - "blackened!" I'm not sure what blackened really even means. Wikipedia says Paul Prudhomme invented it.

"It consists of pieces of fish dipped in melted butter and then dredged in a mixture of herbs and spices, usually some combination of thyme, oregano, chili pepper, peppercorns and salt. The fish is then cooked in an extremely hot cast iron skillet."

Call me crazy, but if that's an accurate depiction of the technique, it sounds like something that was developed well before the 1980s. I mean, haven't we come to the conclusion at this point that the Chinese invented everything food-related?

Which is interesting, because this week's sauce - Cajun Island Sweet Blackened Sauce - tastes more Asian to me than anything else. It does look kind of Cajun - like funky Louisiana swamp water, I suppose. But it tastes like a slightly thicker, really pepped up soy sauce - sweeter and more spicy, but with the same essence - kind of like a distant cousin of Hoisin. And it's downright delicious. It's a very strong taste, more likely to take over, flavor-wise, than to complement. But on the other hand, you could put it on shoe leather and it would taste great.

Grade: A

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We have a bottle of Cajun Island Jazzy Jerk Sauce to giveaway to one of our readers. All you have to do is visit the website and post a comment here. One winner will be randomly selected on the following Tuesday night and sent a free bottle of sauce. Just leave an email address so that we can contact the winner.

14 comments:

BBQ said...

Nice article. Keep up the good work!!!

f1r3f1ght3r said...

can't be this Easy... always looking for new sauces

Chris said...

Sounds like a great combination! Judging a BBQ contest w/ hubby next month. Trying to get a head start on what the "GREAT" stuff tastes like. Lets go!

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noskos said...

No idea how blackened would work out in a BBQ sauce, but would love to try it!

Ajax said...

By far my favorite way to cook fish, especially Tilapia.

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Tim S said...

would love to try this sauce out...
nice site btw.

barbara said...

I really like sweet sauce, especially if it is free!!! I hope I win.

techyone said...

This looks wonderful. I'm always trying new BBQ sauces and looking for tasty ones.

cdziuba said...

Nice site, and perfect timing, we just bought a new grill.

MaddyRu said...

I've never thought about cooking meatballs in jerk sauce-that recipe sounds great!

Milner said...

Great readings! Glad to have found a local BBQ blog.

Jen said...

Yum, our family all love BBQ sauces!
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Rue said...

This stuff sounds wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win!
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