|Three new sauces at Kloby's|
The barbecue restaurant on Johns Hopkins Road has always sold about eight sauces -- from a vinegar based "Carolina" to a sweet-hot "Honey Hab." But they just added a new trio of sauces that match nicely with the three colors of a traffic light:
- Green: Smoked jalapeño and peach
- Yellow: Smoked poblano and serrano
- Red: Sweet blueberry BBQ sauce.
They're three great new options that run sweet to spicy. The blueberry is really sweet, although still enough savory to be a barbecue sauce and not a jam. The jalapeño peach comes in the middle with a spicy flavor, but a strong smokey fruitiness that balanced beautifully. The poblano-serrano is for real heat-seekers, starting spicy like the jalepeno but then get even-hotter with a bright spicy finish.
These are all delicious The two spicy sauces are done right. They're spice as flavor, mixed nicely with fruitiness and smoke. I tasted all three with an order of the basic wings, and they each added character and zest.
I have to say that my lunch reminded me how much I enjoy Kloby's plain wings. The wings are meaty and large compared to most restaurants, and, all on their own, they have a deep smoke flavor and the perfect crispy skin. For a while, I have been ordering "Dirty & Old" wings -- dusted with Old Bay and fried a second time. But I will probably come back to the originals with a couple of sauces. The jalapeño-peach would probably be my choice if I had to eat all five wings with one sauce, but I had way more fun dipping from sauce to sauce to sauce.
If you go to Kloby's, check out my prior posts -- especially the ideas of the jarbecue and "flight" of bread puddings. Kloby's does an array of craft beer and bourbons, and it's a terrific casual place where they're making an effort to make special food.