Everyone has a favorite condiment. Many people swear by a certain condiment, to the point where they insist that a certain food can only be eaten properly with said topping. Such is the case for mustard, that ubiquitous yellow spread found on burgers, wraps, and yes, hot dogs. So, on tonight’s Fiery Friday review, and for my first writeup of the official summer, I’m taking a look at a mustard that aims to appeal to the chilehead community: Sweet Hot Bone Suckin’ Mustard, a product out of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Distilled Vinegar, Water, #1 Grade Mustard Seed, Brown sugar, Molasses, Jalapeno Peppers, Cornstarch, Turmeric, Paprika, Spices, Garlic Powder, Natural Flavor
I don’t often review mustard-themed products, but I’m pretty sure that looks like an acceptable list. What’s great about it is that it isn’t a long list at all, and we can pretty clearly see where the sweet and hot components are coming from. You get brown sugar, molasses, and jalapeno peppers, making this sort of a cross between a regular mustard and a barbecue sauce, minus the tomato paste and whatnot.
Though it doesn’t quite have the bright yellow color of the prototypical mustard, this is still a pleasing hue for my eyes. Actually, it looks a lot like a honey mustard, which really makes me happy, because I love that stuff. It’s also pretty thick and sticky, and the consistency seems to be evenly distributed throughout the jar, so I’m thinking there shouldn’t be a problem with this stuff turning runny and gross. Oh, and you can also see little bits of jalapenos in the mix, which is pretty cool. I should also note here that this is, in fact, a spread in a jar, not some squeezie-bottle mustard like you’ll find in cafeterias.
Smell and Taste:
While this Bone Suckin’ Mustard smells sweet, it doesn’t quite have the same sort of sweet as honey mustard. There’s not really a hint of spice in the smell, although the flavor does have a bit of jalapeno to it. It’s not much, and not nearly enough to truly call this a jalapeno mustard, but it is there.
In my experience, when something is labeled as “Sweet Hot,” or something along those lines, it rarely lives up to both claims. Typically, it will succeed in one area, and that area is usually the Sweet. That’s true of this mustard, which really does not come across as hot at all. Since it lacks the horseradish of other spicy mustards, this stuff also lacks the up-your-nose burn of those products (but I’m not complaining about that part). This is easily a Mild. Again, though, where it falls short on the heat, it does succeed in the sweet, and it works pretty well. I would love to give this my absolutely highest commendations, but I wish it had more than just a mere hint of jalapeno flavor. Seriously, it’s the tastebud equivalent of “blink and you miss it” here. A higher concentration of jalapenos would not only create a bolder flavor, but it would also make the product hotter. I wouldn’t complain about that at all. As it is, I’m giving it a Nice.
This is a great mustard that will work on any food that normally pairs well with mustard. Spread it on a burger or hotdog, dip your fries or chicken into it, or even whip it into a mustard-themed barbecue sauce for some ribs. There aren’t really any surprises here.
Have a happy summer, folks! I’ll still be here, of course, bringing you reviews of delicious and spicy products!