Friday, December 13, 2013

Review: Dean & Deluca Jalapeno Peach BBQ Sauce

By Dru Chai

Chances are, if you're reading this blog post, you probably have one or two more bottles of BBQ sauce in your fridge or pantry. I'm a sucker for BBQ sauce -- I will spontaneously buy a bottle just to try it out, no matter what the cost.

I was recently at an upscale home and garden store, and I came across a small display of specialty and "gourmet" goods. After looking around, I was quickly fixated on the collection of BBQ sauces from Dean & Deluca. One bottle in particular called to me -- the Jalapeno Peach BBQ sauce.

I instantly picked up the bottle and thought nothing of the $8 price tag. I certainly wasn't about spend an exorbitant amount of money on a tree ornament -- something that will appear once a year for a few weeks at a time. Now if it's food, count me in. I picked up the bottle and headed straight for the register.

Now there were a couple of other sauces on the shelf as well, Carolina and Memphis style. Were they intriguing? Certainly. I was a tad curious to discover how a high-end gourmet goods retailer would interpret these classic BBQ sauces. But nah, been there done that. I wanted something new.

Recently, I cracked open the bottle and sampled it with some grilled chicken breast. I glazed the chicken for a few minutes on my Craycort cast iron grate, and also used it as a dipping sauce once the meat was sliced. My first impression was that it was... peachy. Right off the bat, I could definitely taste and overpowering sweetness from the peach. I had to wait a while for the jalapeno to kick in.

I know the jalapeno isn't the hottest pepper on the Scoville scale, but I could tell that they toned down the spice level. The jalapeno definitely plays second fiddle to the peach, that's for sure. If the spice level was upped a couple more notches, it would've been a nice balance.

Dirty Smoke rating (3.0 out of 5 stars)
Because of the predominant sweetness of this BBQ sauce, I would recommend it with either grilled chicken or pork chop -- even shrimp (as the label says). Unless you're a big fan of Dean & Deluca, I would pass on this sauce.