Tonight’s Primetime Edition of Fiery Friday focuses on a unique product out of Tallahassee. Dubbed BirdSauce, it promises to be a versatile liquid seasoning based on a puree of fruits and vegetables that goes well with practically anything. That’s quite the bold claim. I’m assuming that its original target dishes are poultry based, hence the name, but it would be great to find a sauce that fits so well with anything and everything. I’ll admit that I didn’t have the highest of hopes when I first saw this bottle, but I don’t mind being surprised, at least when a product winds up being far better than I initially expected. Well, there’s only one way to find out.
Pineapples, Peppers, Oranges, Onions, Light Brown Sugar, Tomato Concentrate, Worcestershire Sauce, Apples, Garlic, Soy Sauce, Lemons, and Spices
This is a great list. Although both “peppers” and “spices” are a little vague, it’s safe to assume that BirdSauce isn’t packing anything terribly hot. What it does have, though, is a lot of wholesome fruits and vegetables. The combination of said ingredients leads me to believe that this stuff should have a tropical/citrus flavor, one that has more sweet than heat. (Please remember that Worcestershire Sauce does include anchovies.)
Here’s where I have a slight complaint. Although the BirdSauce clings to its bottle reasonably well, it is an incredibly thin sauce, especially given the lack of water or vinegar as ingredients. I have only just started my review, and I’ve already spilled the contents on myself multiple times. This should not necessarily affect the quality of the product, mind you, but it is a little odd. I expected something a bit thicker and pulpier, but what I’m left with is a thin brown concoction. But hey, if it tastes great, then I’m willing to forgive such a small transgression.
Smell and Taste:
The good news is that BirdSauce smells fantastic. I can’t catch any of the apples or lemons in the scent, but there’s a definite pineapple-orange presence, and the onions, garlic, and soy sauce are certainly in there as well. What’s even better is that it smells authentic and natural. It also has quite the pleasant taste, easily bringing to mind a fruit-based sauce at an Asian restaurant. More on that later.
Because BirdSauce’s focus is on delivering a sweet, fruity flavor that works with a wide variety of foods, it should come as no surprise that it isn’t terribly powerful in the heat department. Still, the label does mention “a little spice,” and BirdSauce delivers. It’s a bit more tangy than spicy, but it’s noteworthy enough to call it a Medium. The tropical and citrus notes in the flavor really do this stuff justice, making this one surprisingly Notable in my book. I’m not really sure why I came into this one with low expectations, but I am pleased that BirdSauce has absolutely crushed them.
BirdSauce’s label suggests chicken, beef, pork, seafood, wild game, and veggies. I can definitely understand that, and I’m sure that this is one sauce that would actually get me to eat my vegetables. The label also recommends experimenting with using this sauce in a variety of different cooking methods. Personally, I want to try it as a sauce for some stir fry. The heat is low enough that my wife should be able to enjoy it as well, and the flavor is absolutely perfect for a combination of meat, vegetables, and noodles.
According to the website’s Q&A page, the sauce actually got its name from Raven “BirdMan” Talbot, one of its creators, meaning it wasn’t necessarily originally intended for use on poultry. Don’t let that stop you, though.