About a year ago now I went out to lunch with one of my employees who requested we eat at Famous Dave’s. While I have nothing in particular against Famous Dave’s, it’s certainly not a place i usually frequent. I ordered their brisket sandwich and when it finally arrived at the table I began hunting around the BBQ sauce carousel for Devil’s Spit; however, I came across something else which caught my eye first–a bottle marked with ‘X X X’ and called “Wilbur’s Revenge”.
Fast forward to a few months ago when I was in a store, long forgotten, and I came across a bottle of Famous Dave’s Wilbur’s Revenge in a form I could take home with me. Unlike the Lazy Lightning darling that Two Fat Guys’ Lava Hot BBQ Sauce has become, Famous Dave’s is full of HFCS and other ingredients which I usually shy away from. It’s basically Devil’s Spit with added chilies, habanero, and pineapple to add heat while evening out the flavor.
The sauce is thick, like any of their bottled sauces, and the taste of Devil’s Spit is what fills your mouth at first taste. Yet, about five seconds after you get that all too familiar flavor, a rush of intense heat comes along and gives you a decent and steady power burn for a few minutes. While the taste is not at all unpleasant, the heat plenty, and the burn adequate, this tiny little $4 bottle of 8oz of sauce which, coincidentally comes in a bottle shaped like a flask–perfect for us chiliholics, really isn’t something I’d replace Two Guys’ with unless they became totally unavailable in stores.
Overall, I’d certainly use it again if I were at Famous Dave’s but it’s not something I’d seek out again unless I was out of Two Guys’ and it was the only hot BBQ sauce on the shelf at the store. It’s a decent sauce but Famous Dave’s really needs to seriously consider revamping their ingredient list to drop the HFCS and “natural flavorings” and come up with something far less standard and a lot more attractive to those of us who really enjoy a good, spicy, BBQ sauce without the lame additives.
Have you ever had Wilbur’s Revenge Hot BBQ Sauce? If so what did you think? Do you frequent the restaurants themselves? Do you think Famous Dave’s (and all companies for that matter) should reconsider their ingredients? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.