Monday 3 September 2012

Owen Potts Maple Chipotle Barbecue Grilling Sauce review

I've had a bottle of Owen Potts Maple Chipotle Barbecue Grilling Sauce lurking in the back of the cupboard for ages, ever since they sent me through a selection of their products to try out. I cracked on with sampling the Quick for Cooks Diane Sauce and took part in the Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup blogger challenge but somehow never got around to trying out the barbecue grilling sauce.

Well, last night I was looking for inspiration for dinner in the food cupboard and it caught my eye. Barbecue chicken wings - perfect ! I poured some out and was immediately impressed at how thick, deeply-coloured and rich-looking it is, compared to other barbecue sauces that I've used. On the Owen Potts website, they say : "Barbecue sauces can be a little so-so, but with this one, Owen has created a premium sauce that stands head and shoulders above the crowd. Made with a rich sticky maple base and imbued with the smoky, tangy heat of chipotle chilli, it's ideal for barbecuing and grilling all year round."

I used about a third of a bottle, tossing the chicken wings so that they were evenly coated. I dipped my (freshly washed!) finger into the top of the bottle and it seemed quite hot so I decided to do some plain wings too, in case the Madhouse Mini-testers found the barbecue ones too spicy.

I cooked both lots at the same time for the same length of time and thought that the barbecue wings looked much more appetising than the plain ones.

The sauce gives them a lovely colour and a slightly blackened look in places that makes them look like they've really been barbecued, even though I cooked them in the oven. The sauce really mellows during the cooking process so they weren't spicy at all and even the kids loved them. The sauce is smoky with a lovely sweetness that comes through - totally moreish.

The Madhouse Mini-testers have asked me to make some more, but I will also be trying out the sauce as an addition to stir-fried chicken or pork. I think it could also work well poured over a whole chicken for a twist on the usual Sunday roast.

The ingredients list is very impressive because there isn't a single artificial additive in sight : Tomato Passata, Maple Syrup (9%), Onions, Sugar, Water, White Wine Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar, Tomato Puree, Molasses, Cornflour, Salt, Chipotle Chillies (>1%), Garlic Puree, Black Pepper. 

star rating : 5/5

RRP : £2.75 for 270g

Disclosure : I received a bottle of Owen Potts Maple Chipotle Barbecue Grilling Sauce in order to write an honest review.

Other reviews you may be interested in :

Owen Potts Quick For Cooks Diane Sauce review

Owen Potts cookery challenge : Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

Heinz Barbecue Sauce recipe #3 : Ultimate Barbecue Baked Beans


  1. They do look very appetising and BBQ-ish. Haven't seen this sauce in the shops, but will have a look around in case I missed it, as I tend to avoid too spicy things. This one sounds safe enough for me to try

  2. I think I might try this, as long as we have some sunny weather.

  3. I am from the southern part of the US and bbq sauce is a staple. However, we southerners have very select tastes on our sauce and I haven't found anything in the UK that compares. I will defiantly give this one a try. The chipotle might just give it the kick it needs

  4. all looks very nce may have to give it a try :)

  5. It looks very nice - my son is a huge fan of chicken legs in a marinade, so I'd love to try it x


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