Fruit and barbecue are certainly no strangers, from the fruit woods in the cooker to the extensive garnishes used at MBN contests. But berries are not as often seen. That didn't stop exotic local food guru Charlie Tambellini from combining smoky barbecue tomato-based sauce with the sweet, sultry flavor of ripe blackberry. Tambellini's culinary startup, Further Foods, specializes in providing the flavorfully exotic and unique. The company offers a variety of sauces, spices, and other foodstuffs.
Admittedly, I was a little bit skeptical about how well blackberry would work in a barbecue sauce. But the first taste sold me. The blackberry flavor is more sweet than tart and blends seamlessly with the more traditional taste of sweet tomato-based sauce. It's more than just a complementary flavor, but it doesn't dominate either. Overall, it's very sweet, tempered by a little bit of tanginess and smokiness.