11 November 2009
BBQ SAUCE OF THE WEEK: Jonathan's Q
It's not just barbecue sauce, Dear Reader. It's Gourmet barbecue sauce.
Jonathan Soares started Q Products, Inc when he was but a mere college student. For a school project at Western Connecticut State University, he developed a business plan to market his mother's recipe for honey barbecue sauce. The plan sounded like such a good idea that he decided to invest his savings in getting Q Products off the ground. Since 2005, he has been pounding the pavement, spreading the Q gospel to supermarket execs. And it looks like it's paying off - his line of sauces are now featured in over 5,000 stores across the United States. Besides the original Honey flavor, there are also Spicy Cajun and Hickory Teriyaki versions of the sauce, as well as a line of "Q Fusion" marinades, all of which are all natural, with no gluten or high fructose corn syrup.
The Honey sauce is about as sweet a sauce as I have tasted in these reports. Like really, really sweet. Lord knows I have no problem with sweetness, but in this case, it really is the only dimension. There is no tanginess or savoriness or heat or other interesting flavors to balance the sauce. There are traces of tomato and mustard flavor, but they are too buried in the mix to have any real bearing on the flavor.