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Test Kitchen: Sabauce Handcrafted Marinade

Test Kitchen: Sabauce Handcrafted Marinade
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I recently sampled a new, online marinade based out of Columbus, Ohio called Sabauce.  The 16 oz insulated container of marinade arrives in a box that also includes: one lime, a small seasoning packet, instructions, and a plastic marinade bag. You’ll immediately be impressed with the contents of the package, along with the informative instructions. Heck, the instuction card, with its beautifully pictured, marinade-soaked chicken wings, even has suggested prep and dining music options. Welcome to 2017! While the company motto is “Create Your Own Tradition,” these particular chicken wings were speaking to me, meaning I had to do my best to replicate them.

And so I did.

I went to Whole Foods and purchased two pounds of chicken wings, rinsed, patted dry, and then placed them in the plastic bag, along with about 8 oz of the marinade. I then gave the wing/marinade mixture a good toss and placed in the fridge for 5 hours. The instruction card suggests to marinate anywhere from three hours to overnight, so I definitely leaned towards the shorter time zone.

After a quick 24-minute grilling (about 12 minutes on each side) and a 10-minute rest period, the wings were ready to eat. I opted to forgo the seasoning packet and squeeze of lime because I wanted to taste the marinade by itself. Both visually and taste-wise, the marinade struck me as a delicious, ramped up version of tikka masala. The flavors were perfectly balanced and absolutely delicious, and what I enjoyed most about the product was the appropriate level of heat that permeated the wing. From the picture, you probably noticed my inclusion of fresh, chopped cilantro. I put cilantro on almost everything, and it was particularly good on these wings.

Chef/owner Amit Amin has an outstanding product on his hands and you can tell it’s something he’s put a lot of time and energy into. Says Amin, “My passion for cooking comes from my mother. I was always in the kitchen with her in the evenings growing up after helping my father with business during the day. Growing up in high school and throughout college, my friends and family always would ask me to cook for all the gatherings and trips that we had. I LOVED to see all of the smiles on everyone’s face after I made a grilled meal. It was priceless. It really brings joy to my heart that I can bring my flavors into everyone’s home from something that I have created. The marinade you are having has been tweaked for over 15 years.”

I’m looking forward to using the rest of my marinade for some grilled tofu later this week, and in the future, I have no doubt it would pair well with fish, pork, or shrimp. Below are some other product details…

  • 1 16 oz. bottle costs $9.99 (with shipping, close to $17 total)
  • 2 16 oz bottles cost $18.99
  • 1 gallon container costs $64.99
  • Marinade will last up to a month in the fridge and 3 months frozen

To order Sabauce, head over to the website and click away! I enjoyed the product and would not only order it for myself, but also as an affordable gift for any of my food-loving friends and family.