Tonton Kobe BBQ Sauce, Once at Costco

This is going to be a short, sad review. In the next few days, I will be saying a long-feared goodbye to my favorite BBQ sauce, the Tonton Kobe BBQ Sauce. I bought this on liquidation at Costco a few years ago, because I thought it would be nice, and I liked the bottle. I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but whatever.

Tonton Kobe BBQ Sauce

Tonton Kobe BBQ Sauce

New the thing is, as far as a BBQ sauce is concerned, the Tonton Kobe BBQ Sauce is pretty lame. It is a little too bitter, or strange, anyways, and too thin to be effectively basted on anything.

I know what you’re thinking. This review’s going to be pretty short, isn’t it? I mean, that was probably the reason I bought two of these huge bottles for $2.97 each, right?

Probably, indeed. But what this sauce lacks as a BBQ sauce, it more than makes up as a marinating agent. I’ve used it to marinate countless meats, and it goes great with all of them, particularly pork chops before you stick them on the BBQ.

Just yesterday I cut up a piece of pork fillet in slices, marinated them with garlic powder – a lot of it – and a little Kobe BBQ Sauce, put them on the BBQ for just long enough, and voila, gourmet taste at a value price!

This sauce is also absolutely delicious when used to stir-fry vegetables. I use the Kirkland Brand Stir-Fry vegetable mix, which is both affordable and healthy. It gives the vegetables a great flavor and aftertaste, without fouling up your pan like soy sauce does, for some reason.

But now, today, I find myself staring at the last milliliters of sauce at the bottom of my last bottle. I don’t have any illusions about this product coming back to Costco anytime soon. Just in case, I’ve taken a picture of the ingredients, and may try to replicate the sauce in the future. If I do, I’ll let you know.

Or I’ll just go to the Tonton website and order a bottle. Unfortunately, they want $5.25 for a small, 9.5 oz bottle, so I think I’ll pass. Too bad, though. I’ll miss my Tonton Yakiniku Kobe BBQ sauce!

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