05 November 2009
BBQ SAUCE OF THE WEEK: Mad Dog Original
NOTE: Not to be confused with "Mad Dog" 20/20, which was a key recreational accoutrement of my teenage years. Man, that stuff was outrageous. Did you know that there is a flavor called "Electric Melon"? And one called "Purple Rain"??!!! In fact, there are a total of 17 "flavors" available - MD 20/20 is totally the Kool-Aid of adult beverages. I'm starting to think I could do a whole post on this, but I won't.
Mad Dog BARBECUE SAUCE has some serious bite, especially for a sauce not specifically labeled as "hot". Make no mistake, it is quite hot. But I've come to expect it from companies who specialize in hot sauce, which Ashley Food Company certainly does.
This sauce is big on high quality natural ingredients and claims no fillers, no additives and no preservatives. It also features tamari - a richer variant of traditional soy sauce, and not an ingredient you see every day. The tamari yields a strong savory element to the sauce that is complemented by the robust sweetness of molasses and some tangy vinegar. But the heat is clearly the bandleader here. It's a sneaky heat that escalates to a nice lingering burn in your tummy and on your tounge.