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Well, I like them. I like them more if they're one-of-a-kind, use unique ingredients and are local. All of the sauces in this post meet the prerequisites.
First, Nello's Sauce: Provençal Pomodoro. Without a shadow of a doubt, this sauce is the single best-tasting tomato sauce I've ever had. When I opened the jar, I put my nose in the jar and fell in love. I dipped in a spoon and I couldn't stop eating it cold and raw from the jar. It puts all of the national brands to shame. They SHOULD be shamed, because there's no reason why sauce this good isn't in every home in America.
WOW. I just opened the pomodoro @NellosSauce & it is the best tomato sauce I've ever eaten. My spoon won't stop dipping in it.Why is it so good? Well, it tastes like fresh tomatoes from the vine. The hook, the key, the puzzle piece that makes the Pomodoro the best ever is the N.C.-grown organic lavender shining through the plume of the plum tomatoes. I've never tasted anything fresher. You need to order some today. Or enter to win the contest!
— Nik Snacks (@NikSnacks) August 12, 2013
Pasta, sloppy joes, bread, meatloaf, jambalaya, pizza, for dipping, and even as a rib sauce--this sauce needs nothing added to it, except your mouth!
Another added bonus: The Mason jar packaging
Next, Three Juiced Bootleggers Grill N' Marinade. Lots of secret herbs, spices and molasses flavor this marinade. It's dark, deep and can be put on anything and I'm going to be honest: It looks like a jar of tobacco chaw. But there's a pic of a hillbilly on the jar--if it didn't look like this, I'd be surprised.
|Another added bonus: Mason jar packaging!|
I got a wild idea to make duck bacon. I Googled it and found a recipe from my foodie friend, Susan. I followed her lead but changed a few things. Like adding the Grill N' Marinade. Duck is expensive and I wanted to insure it was going to taste good when I was finished. Adding a maple syrup, salt and using hickory wood chips made my wish come true. You need to try this bacon. It will change your life.
2 cups cold water
1 cup Kosher salt
2 1/2 tablespoons curing salt (pink salt)
3/4 cup Grade B maple syrup
1 jar (17.5 oz) Three Juiced Bootleggers Grill N' Marinade
3 cups ice
6 Duck Breast halves or 3 whole breasts
Score the fat of each duck breast. Be careful not to pierce the meat. This will shorten the cooking time and also let the marinade penetrate the duck better.
Place the duck breasts in a large Ziplock bag and set aside.
In a large bowl, dissolve the Kosher salt and curing salt in the cold water. Stir in the maple syrup, jar of marinade and mix until mostly dissolved. Finally add the ice to the brine, this is to keep the liquid cold to slow the salt absorption. Place your bag of duck breasts upright in a large container or pan and open it up. Add the brine to the bag holding the duck breasts. Close and cover tightly. Place in the refrigerator for 8 hours.
After the 8 hours, remove the breasts, rinse and let dry 3-4 hours or overnight. Once completely dry, cold smoke according to your preferred method.
How to cold smoke the duck (via Feast.com): Heat soaked wood chips on the stove top in a metal pan until they begin to smoke. Place a cooling rack or perforated pan on top, add the duck breasts, cover and remove from the heat. Smoke the meat for only 15 minutes. This will impart a light smoky flavor, but it is quick and easy.
NOTE: I easily smoked the duck breasts for 25 minutes by periodically moving the pan on and off the stove top.
On third base is Intensity Academy's Garlic Goodness. Straight from Tampa, Florida, I met Intensity Academy's owner/founder Michele Northrup at the Food & Wine Conference in July. She was and is a Saucy Queen. She was a presenter and as she was telling her story, I was captivated by her words and her spirit. She passed out carrot key-chains and select participants won bottles of her Carrot Karma sauce.
Last, but not least is Texas Pete. Close to home (a mere 2 miles from my house), the Garner Foods/Texas Pete Hot Sauce world headquarters are in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and nowhere near Texas. How did it get its name? I pieced this together from stories told to me from old timers in the area:
In the late 1920s, there was a barbecue restaurant in Winston-Salem that was owned by Thad Garner. The only thing good about the place was a sauce. A vinegary, spicy red sauce that went well on everything. The youngest Garner's nickname was Pete and since family members wanted the sauce to have an American name, Texas Pete was born. The restaurant closed, but the name lives on. So does the legacy, the folklore and this great hot sauce.
Today, Garner Foods sells Texas Pete, jellies, jams, salsas and snacks. Click on the link below the Texas Pete bottle for some Nik Snacks-approved recipes!
|Spicy Bacon Jam (with waffle, fried chicken cutlet & crispy sage)|
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