Black Mustard Original Slather
Tonight’s Fiery Friday will be a little shorter than usual, but don’t let that fool you about the product I have on hand, as this is mainly due to some family medical issues that came up this week. Despite the relative brevity of this review, I do want to give Black Mustard Original Slather all of its deserved attention, because this is some pretty interesting and unique stuff, especially by the standards of this particular weekly column. With that said, let’s take a look at what’s in this stuff.
Maple Syrup, Dijon Mustard (water, mustard seed, vinegar, salt), Onion, Apple Cider Vinegar, Deli Mustard (water, distilled vinegar, No. 1 mustard seed, salt, turmeric, paprika, spices), Spices, Garlic, Bacon [(cured with water, salt, sugar, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, potassium chloride, dextrose, smoke flavoring, sodium phosphates), salt, vegetable shortening (partially hyrdogenated soybean and cottonseed oils), maltodextrin, flavor enhancer (hydrolyzed soy protein, corn syrup solids, salt), corn starch, rendered bacon fat (TBHQ and citric acid), natural and artificial flavors (contains soy and wheat), yeast extract, soy lecithin, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate)], Sugar
Well, that took forever to type. Most of that stuff is sub-ingredients, but it’s still clear that this product isn’t made entirely from all-natural ingredients. Sometimes that’s okay, and as there’s no rating on this side for the ratio of natural ingredients to artificial ones, it doesn’t really affect the review. Still, wow.
Slather looks a lot like thick jam, and this one definitely lives up to the “Black Mustard” label. This is definitely not a sauce, in the sense that you can’t exactly pour it all over your food. However, the thick, sticky texture does make it great for meeting the slather requirement, as it really adheres to whatever food (or fingers) it touches.
Smell and Taste:
Smelling this stuff kind of confuses my nose. I like both maple syrup and mustard, as well as the smells of each, but the two of them in one jar is a little odd. There’s also another smell in there that I couldn’t place at first, at least until I tasted it and double-checked the ingredients. Yep – there’s bacon in this jar, making this pretty much the opposite of a kosher barbecue product (which sounds kind of weird anyway).
This is yet another product that doesn’t even attempt to pass itself off as spicy. Sure, there’s a little bit of that dijon tang to it, but hardly worth rating at anything higher than a Mild, if even that. Flavor-wise, this is very unique. It’ll never really be my go-to barbecue option, especially considering some of the other products I’ve encountered through this gig, but it is pretty Nice in the end.
Black Mustard Original Slather is a highly situational product. I’ve mentioned this before, but I tend to do my reviews with a bag of tortilla chips. This stuff is not very good on tortilla chips. It’s more about the texture than the flavor, though. Anyway, I had some on a brisket sandwich earlier today, and it was absolutely delicious. I intend to put it on my next homemade burger as well, and I may have to put it on some chicken. Basically, you can put this on anything that you think could stand to have a bit of bacon flavor. And yes, for the more bacon-crazed of you, that even includes bacon itself.
Black Mustard Original Slather won 2nd place in the 2012 Scovie Awards. Their website has a little joke of a picture with a goat saying that this slather makes even goats tasty. But as it turns out, goats are already kind of tasty.