Smokin Axe BBQ is a competition barbecue team from El Cerrito California. They competed a couple of weeks ago in Murphy's. It was after our judging duties and I was walking the grounds. I noticed this table set up with bbq sauce samples and sales. I sampled a couple and picked this sauce; Mango, Apricot & Habanero. Pitmaster Dave Gibson is a retired fire fighter who runs Smokin Axe BBQ operations. I always want to support the bbq teams and purchasing this sauce was a small gesture.
When back home we fired up the bbq to cook some chicken thighs. I cooked the chicken and in the last five minutes I coated the thighs with the sauce. The sauce set and it was time to eat. This sauce is heavy on the influence of fruit flavors. The Mango and apricot flavors shined to add a sweetness. The habanero pepper flavor was there with a gentle warmth to round out this sauce. It made for a pleasant dining experience. This sauce is on the sweet side which for my personal preference is a little to much. We were happy to support our teams.