Jamaican Jerk Rum Spirited Sauce
We have tested all of the other sauces in Excalibur’s Spirited Line, the last one to review is Excalibur’s Jamaican Jerk Rum Spirited Sauce. The ingredient list of this sauce is pretty amazing, we have all the seasonings you would expect to see with a Jamaican themed sauce or marinade as well as apple cider vinegar but most importantly it has Dark Rum added in! I am hoping that you can really pull some rum flavor out of it as I love a good dark rum.
I played with a few different ideas on what this would be best on and eventually decided to just keep it simple and marinate some ground beef and cook that with rice. I vacuum packed 2 lb of ground beef with about half of a bottle and let it sit overnight to let it suck up some of the flavors. I cooked it in a pan with a little bit of onion and I mixed it with the rice.
As soon as you open the bottle you can smell a really mouth watering mix of spices. The ginger, allspice and scotch bonnet peppers give this a wonderful aroma. The taste was great, you can taste all of those spices as well and it has a hint of vinegar and you can taste a little of the papaya as well. The Dark Rum was present in the taste but it could have been stronger in my opinion but for most people it would probably be just about right!
So my final rankings of Excalibur’s Spirited Sauces would be Mango Moonshine (best used on fish), Kentucky Bourbon Sauce (great on grilled chicken) Jamaican Jerk Rum Sauce, then the Spicy Red Vodka Sauce (great on pasta) and then the Red Eye Moonshine sauce which was still good, it just wasn’t great on Bison.
This also would have worked wonderfully for an easy to make Jamaican Jerk Patty, if you have the time and skill to make the tortilla like covering for it.Shop waltonsinc.com for Kentucky Bourbon Spirited Sauce Shop waltonsinc.com for Jamaican Jerk Rum Spirited Sauce Shop waltonsinc.com for Red-Eye Moonshine Spirited Sauce Shop waltonsinc.com for Spicy Red Vodka Spirited Sauce Shop waltonsinc.com for Mango Moonshine Spirited Sauce
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Mango Moonshine Spirited Sauce
Excalibur’s Mango Moonshine Spirited Sauce sounds like something that would be good on white fish, or at least it does to me! With that in mind I stopped by the store last night and purchased two small frozen white fish fillets to see how it stacks up against the other Spirited Sauces. For those of you keeping score at home so far we have Kentucky Bourbon ranked #1, then the Spicy Red Vodka Sauce and in last place is the Red-Eye Moonshine Sauce. The Red-Eye suffered from pour cooking on my part so let’s not judge it too harshly!
To help the marinade penetrate as quickly as possible I put both fillets and 3 oz of the sauce into a vacuum bag and vac sealed it. This helps by separating the fibers of the fish which allows the marinade to easily penetrate the fish.
Okay so lesson learned, when cooking white fish on a grill with wider than usual grates use a basket of some sort! Especially white fish as it tends to be flakey when cooked anyway. I lost about 1/4 of the fish this way.
If you like Mangos this is amazing on whitefish, the aroma hits you before the taste really but the taste is fantastic. There was some debate on what fish would have been best to use, I think Mahi Mahi would have been perfect and others said Salmon so that shows you the wide array of types of fish this would go well with. I probably would have bought some Mahi Mahi but we are trying to do this on a beer budget!
I think I am putting this one ahead of even the Kentucky Bourbon Sauce. The sweetness of the Mango Moonshine was an obvious but still pleasant plus but there was also some complexity to it that I will have to try again on a different fish to see if I can identify what exactly it was. There is no question I will be using this again, it was awesome!Shop waltonsinc.com for Kentucky Bourbon Spirited Sauce Shop waltonsinc.com for Jamaican Jerk Rum Spirited Sauce Shop waltonsinc.com for Red-Eye Moonshine Spirited Sauce Shop waltonsinc.com for Spicy Red Vodka Spirited Sauce Shop waltonsinc.com for Mango Moonshine Spirited Sauce
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Red-Eye Moonshine Spirited Sauce
Excalibur’s new Spirit Based line of seasonings and sauces all sound like they are going to be great additions to an already strong line of seasonings, the Red-Eye Moonshine is what we are going to be cooking with today. With a creamy texture and notes of coffee, tomato, chili, onion and red pepper this is a pretty complex seasoning. I’ve had a few small bison steaks in my freezer for a week or so now so I decided to marinate them with the Red-Eye Moonshine Spirited Sauce and wrap them in some homemade bacon!
I took 2 oz of the Red-Eye Moonshine and put both bison steaks in a vac bag and I will leave them in there for about 2 hours to let them marinate. The combination of the vacuum and the tenderness of the steaks should allow these steaks to absorb a lot of the flavoring in a short time. I am going to cook them at low temperature until they reach 130°. Sadly I won’t be reverse searing them as I’m at work and just don’t have time to spend monitoring it but that is my preferred method for cooking steaks of any kind. If you have never reverse seared a steak check out this post to learn how to put a perfect sear on any steak you cook!
I just pulled them off, somehow one of them got away from me and made it to 140°F, shame on me! That should never happen, there is no excuse that type of sloppiness! The other two look pretty perfect though.
The Red Eye Moonshine had a very nice creaminess to it, but I think it would have gone better with a different cut of meat, the Bison was so lean that it needed something like Ultimate Steak and Roast Rub to really bring out the underlying flavors. So, out of the three Excalibur Spirited Seasonings I have tried to far I have the Kentucky Bourbon the best, then the Spicy Vodka and then the Red Eye Moonshine. That’s not to say the Red Eye wasn’t good, I just chose the wrong cut of meat, I really think the creaminess of this would help it if you were going to do some chicken and then put it in something like a Caesar Salad.
Next I think I am going to try the Mango Moonshine Sauce on some fish, fish in the office, my coworkers are going to love me for that!Shop waltonsinc.com for Kentucky Bourbon Spirited Sauce Shop waltonsinc.com for Jamaican Jerk Rum Spirited Sauce Shop waltonsinc.com for Red-Eye Moonshine Spirited Sauce Shop waltonsinc.com for Spicy Red Vodka Spirited Sauce Shop waltonsinc.com for Mango Moonshine Spirited Sauce
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