BBQ MEDIUM HEAT CATEGORY 2017 - GRUMPY GARY'S SMOKEY HOT SAUCE 1ST PLACE

REVIEW

Smokey Hot Sauce is another winner from Grumpy Gary’s. You know something has to be given kudos when you taste something and it makes you look up and mumble sounds slightly resembling, ‘Oh my god’. This did it for me.

It has a deep red colour and an equally deep flavour. A savoury base, intertwined with delicious smoky characteristics and a bit of heat make this sauce divine. Make no mistake, I have a bias when it comes to smoky flavoured products, but this sauce is something special. Grumpy Gary’s Smokey Hot Sauce was enjoyed with a chunky steak pie and the two complimented each other perfectly. Pies are supposed to be eaten with sauce and for me, this is the sauce to have with a pie. It would also suit ribs, pork loin or even a slow cooked steak with a lot of fat to maximise flavour.

So for the next few weeks, there will be odd sounds coming from my kitchen when I reach for Grumpy Gary’s Smokey Hot Sauce.

For flavour, this sauce gets a 9.5/10. For heat, maybe a 5/10.

Do yourself a ‘flavour’ and get some into you!

 

MEDIUM HEAT CATEGORY 2017 - GRUMPY GARY'S GARLIC HOT SAUCE 1ST PLACE 

REVIEW

I believe this sauce is perfect. That’s right, perfect! It possesses an absolutely outstanding flavour, balancing the garlic and vinegar in a way that I have not experienced yet. The texture isn’t as smooth as other Grumpy Gary’s products as there are seeds scattered throughout the bottle. I did not find to be distraction at all as I was totally engaged in enjoying this amazing sauce. It will surely be a contender to take out some prizes in this year’s Mr Chilli contests.

I had this sauce with my typical tomato based pasta meal and it was a match that hasn’t yet been so evidently harmonised. These 2 flavours were seamless. They sung in my mouth and danced on my tastebuds. I don’t think I could have another tomato based pasta meal without this sauce. Why would
I not want to enhance my meal in a way that makes it so much more enjoyable?

If I had deep pockets, I’d be investing in this company. They have exceptionally flavoursome products, where “making tasty sauce” must surely be printed on their mission statement, because they do this unbelievably well, in ALL of their products.

For flavour, I’m giving this sauce a 9.9 out of 10. For heat, I rate this sauce a 4/10. Heat is present, but it’s simply a bit of warmth. This allows the flavours to truly be at the forefront of the experience. Awesome.

TROPICAL CATEGORY 2017 - GRUMPY GARY'S MANGO HOT SAUCE 1ST PLACE

REVIEW

This was the first time I had tried a product from Victoria-based manufacturer, Grumpy Gary’s and I was absolutely delighted with what I tried. This sauce won 1st place at the 2017 Mr Chilli Awards in the ‘Tropical’ category.  I loved this sauce. It was delicious. The mango is definitely the hero, with its flavour permeating every aspect of the sauce but also adding to the smooth consistency. There was a slight interruption of seeds, which did not detract from the sauces enjoyment.  The other element of this sauce that made it exquisitely unique was the addition of the final ingredient: cumin. This spice can do no wrong, be it added to breads, curries or pies. Added to this sauce, took the experience to another level.

A word of advice to other sauce manufacturers: experiment with spices! Grumpy Gary’s has set the bar very high with this ‘Tropical Sauce’ and it will take a super extraordinary effort to knock it from its middle podium.

For flavour, I give this sauce a 9.5/10 and for heat, it would receive a 3/10. Very satisfying and very delicious! This bottle is a keeper.

 

LOUISIANA STYLE CATEGORY 2017 - GRUMPY GARY'S SCORCHER HOT SAUCE 2ND PLACE

REVIEW

Achieving 2nd place at the Mr Chilli Awards 2017 is this ‘scorcher’ from Grumpy Gary’s. On the Grumpy Gary website, this sauce is said to “add heat to any dish”. I can wholeheartedly agree with this statement. The initial teaspoon taste basically resembled me sticking a glowing rod of steel in my face. The heat was immediate and for a short while, very intense. The first breath of oxygen over my tongue seemed to exacerbate the heat! It was sincerely surprising.

The flavour no doubt reflects the habanero flavour. It has a smooth texture, which is characteristic of the GG product line. Had with a pie, this sauce certainly gave the dish some kick. For the average chilli fan, this sauce would still last a fair while in one’s fridge, making it exceptional value for money! This stuff will go the distance. It hasn’t got that ‘naga’ flavour, which is either is loved or hated. The habanero flavour is more accepted by the majority of consumers and therefore can be added to dishes without altering the meal’s flavour too much.

Grumpy Gary shouldn’t be so ‘Grumpy’. He has a wonderful selection of sauces in his inventory, which I’m sure he is very proud of. I look forward to tasting what else he has to offer in the future.

For flavour, this sauce is a 7/10; the heat does impede enjoying the flavour. It should be added in small doses. Heat wise, this sauce is a 9/10; it packs a hiding and I urge consumers to be cautious.

 

 

PERI PERI CATEGORY 2017 - GRUMPY GARY'S XTREME HOT SAUCE 2ND PLACE

REVIEW

COMING SOON

 

 

 

JALAPENO CATEGORY 2017 - GRUMPY GARY'S JALAPENO HOT SAUCE 2ND PLACE

REVIEW

Grumpy Gary’s Jalapeno Hot Sauce is a classically made hot sauce. Combining flavour’s that are South American in flavour this sauce as an easy consistency which makes it an easy pour from the bottle. Its got a nice level of heat for this style of sauce and has nice balance. It’s naturally made which is always a bonus and it has been awarded 2nd place in the recent Mr Chilli Awards 2017 Jalapeno category. On my heat scale it’s a 3 out of 10.

Verdict: Grumpy Gary’s Jalapeno Hot Sauce is a well made and well balanced hot sauce. It has a nice flavour, mild level of heat and would work extremely well on your favourite Mexican foods or barbecued meats. This sauce is a worthy award winner. My final score is an 8.5 out of 10.

 

 

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