Did you ever watch the MasterChef series on Fox? It’s cool, I didn’t either. I had no idea who Sharone Hakman was until I was contacted by the friendly people at Duo PR:
” …Since his appearance on MasterChef, Sharone has been called upon to cook for some of the entertainment world’s hottest celebrities and the food world’s biggest influencers including the Kardashians, Michelle Monaghan, Vivica A. Fox, Gordon Ramsey and Cat Cora, to name a few.
Sharone would love the chance to cook for you so you can sample his new Hak’s BBQ Sauce. He’s happy to meet you at a convenient location, or we’d love to host you at the Gourmet Experience – we can arrange for a complimentary pass to the show…”
Whoa, whoa, whoa! That is some serious name dropping. Add Rodzilla to that list and you’re pretty much the next Thomas Keller. Unfortunately, Sharone was going to be in San Diego and I had already returned to the Pittsburgh area. A few of my friends were able to attend the event, I settled for a bottle of Hak’s bbq sauce.
So while my friends were having hand-crafted sliders from Sharone himself, I opted to try the sauce on an old stand by. The chargrilled chicken oool wrap from Chick-fil-A. Needles to say it’s much better than the standard corn-syrup laden fast food condiment, but those are free. The all natural ingredients in Hak’s will run you $8 a bottle.
The sauce is relatively thick with actual pieces of dried chili pepper throughout. The initial sweetness from the molasses and brown sugar comes with a lingering heat from the chiles. There is a definite kick to the sauce, I actually started to sweat a bit as a result of the spice. It wasn’t uncomfortable, but may prove too much for those who are sensitive to heat.
The one issue I had with the sauce was being told that I need it. Sorry Sharone, but until you’ve added Maslow to your celebrity clientele I don’t see BBQ sauce being added to the hierarchy. I liked it, and I can appreciate the quality, but I’m not enough of a bbq aficionado to pay the $8 mail order price.
What about you guys, are there any specialty items that you need to have?