You may know Michael Madsen from his appearances in the movies Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2 or Donnie Brasco. You may also know him from the TV show Blue Bloods, but did you know he makes some very good sauces. This week, I was sent a trio of products from American Bad Ass Products and I am going to start off by reviewing Michael Madsen’s Spicy Mustard.
Let’s start off with the ingredients. This is an all natural spicy mustard that contains Habanero and Serrano peppers, garlic, No.1 grade mustard seed, vinegar, water, lime and salt . Both the Habanero and Serrano peppers are hotter than jalepenos and both have fruity flavors. I am a big fan of spicy foods but not a big fan of mustard in general. I am hoping the spice of the peppers and other ingredients kind of mask the mustard taste.
The mustard has a pleasant appearance. No huge chunks of peppers, very well blended, thick and rich looking with no runny watery stuff. I could smell the peppers the second I peeled of the foil seal underneath the cap. The smell was not overpowering but you could tell the peppers were there. All in all very pleasing to the eyes and nose.
Now on to the important thing, how did it taste. I had grilled up some brats for lunch that day so I figured what better time to try out the spicy mustard than on a brat. As a stated before, I am not a big fan of mustard so instead of putting mustard directly on the brat I chose to dunk. I started with just a small dab to see how hot it actually was. I felt some heat and tasted very little mustard. This is a good thing. Since my mouth was not on fire, the next bite had a lot of the mustard on it. Once again, nice heat from the peppers, some acidity from the lime and vinegar and not an overpowering mustard taste. It enhanced the flavor of the brat and finished with just the right amount of heat. This is my new favorite mustard.
Now I know you are wondering what a mustard is doing on a BBQ website? We use mustard all the time in the BBQ world. What about putting this on a slab of ribs or a pork shoulder instead of plain yellow mustard? What about making a spicy South Carolina mustard BBQ sauce with it? I think these are things I will have to try in the future. I will be sure to let you know how they turn out.
Michael Madsen also makes and BBQ sauce and a hot sauce that I will be reviewing in the upcoming weeks. Look for those reviews soon.