While it’s fresh in my mind and my taste buds, I thought I would share my thoughts on Traeger’s Sugar Lips Glaze. I just published my recipe for Cherry Cola Pork Tenderloin and one of the key components was this glaze. When you look at the nutritional facts on the bottle it says there are 23 grams of sugar in 2 TBS and you can taste every bit of that sugar, this glaze is SWEET! When they call it a glaze, that’s an accurate description because you really wouldn’t want to use this as a dipping sauce, I mean you could, but you really don’t want to, seriously it’s sweet.
A little goes a long way with this glaze which is nice because this bottle will last quite a while. So far I have only paired it with pork, but it’s a great compliment to “the other white meat.” Not only does it add an incredible flavor, but it also provides a deep red/mahogany color that just makes your food look pretty. Along with brown sugar, cane syrup and regular sugar the sauce also has apple cider vinegar, white distilled vinegar, tomato paste and some spices so it has a little tang to it too. It’s not just a sugar bomb, but sugar is definitely front and center, then you get the tang of vinegar, followed by the taste of tomato from the tomato paste and a hint of savory flavor from the spices.
I found adding a little of your favorite rub with the glaze is a great pairing to brush on whatever meat you are cooking. It’s also quite thick, so I thinned it out just a little with some cola, but you could use broth, water or nothing at all, it’s not necessary to thin it out, that was just a personal preference for what I was cooking.
I am excited to give this a try on some chicken, and actually some vegetables too. I have a feeling when done right, this could work well with certain vegetables. Reading the web, I had read great things about this glaze, and now I see why. If you like sweet, I highly recommend giving this a try. You can purchase this at retailers across the nation, or directly from their website www.traegergrills.com.