For this week’s Barbecue Sauce review I am going to be reviewing New Orleans Saint Joe Horn’s Classic & Cajun BBQ Sauce. I was really excited to be trying this two very interesting barbecue sauces despite the fact that the sauces weren’t made by a Washington Redskin Player :p
Before we get into the sauce, let’s meet the creator: “Joe Horn.”
From his website: For a five year period there was no wide receiver in the NFL that was more productive than Joe “Hollywood” Horn. During his playing career, Joe Horn was an electrifying receiver who made play after play even though opposing defenses were keyed in on him week after week.
Thanks to relentless passion and energy, “Hollywood” became a fan favorite during a career which saw him set the Saints career mark in receiving touchdowns (50), make the Pro Bowl four times in five seasons, and compile the second most receptions (523) and receiving yards (7,622) in Saints history.
Joe is perhaps even more well-known by some for his role in the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Horn was noted for his support for the people of New Orleans and the Gulf region.
As a leader of the Saints, he served as the public face of the team in many community events and national interviews, while frequently visiting evacuees in both San Antonio and the Houston Astrodome during the aftermath of Katrina. Beyond Katrina, to this day Joe donates time, energy and money to local charities in New Orleans and beyond.
Perhaps more amazing than Horn’s on-field production and off-field community efforts was his unlikely path to the NFL; which included not playing a down of football for two years after leaving college.
After playing two years at tiny Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Mississippi, Horn found himself working at a Bojangles’ restaurant in Fayetteville, Mississippi with no prospects of playing football as a career.
Down to the final $6.00 in his possession, Horn spent $3.99 on a Jerry Rice workout from a local Blockbuster and studied the drills and moves Rice performed in the film. Horn then made a highlight video of himself working out and sent the tape to multiple professional teams across America and Canada.
One response Horn received was from the Memphis Mad Dogs of the CFL who offered him a contract after viewing the tape and in his first year Horn accumulated 1,414 yards on 71 catches.
From there Horn signed with the Kansas City Chiefs where he spent four years as a combination wide receiver/special teams player, though the six TDs he caught in his final year with the team hinted toward what was to come.
Horn signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2000 and immediately surpassed their expectations ranking in the top ten in receptions (7th), yards (8th) and touchdowns (9th) that year. Even though he came out of nowhere and produced immediately, Horn was no “one year wonder”.
From 2000 to 2004 he averaged 87 receptions, 1,257 yards and 9 touchdowns per season and became arguably the greatest Saints receiver in the history of the franchise. Horn made the Pro Bowl in four consecutive years from 2001-2004 is ranked 58th in NFL history in receptions with 603.
Joe’s entire career is a testament to what anyone can do if they are willing to work hard enough with a focused will, no matter the odds, no matter what is in front of him.
Classic BBQ Sauce: Both the constancy of the sauce and the smell of the sauce was more of a traditional barbecue sauce that pitmasters and amateur’s would enjoy to put on some great smoked ribs or even that perfect pulled pork sandwich. The taste of the sauce and also the ingredients was very traditional.
Cajun BBQ Sauce: For this barbecue sauce, I was really looking forward to stepping outside my comfort zone and trying it, and hopefully enjoying it. I was looking for some heat and expecting it but I was kind of disappointed in the lack of heat and even cajun spices. Similarly to the classic barbecue sauces, the constancy of the sauce along with the smell of the sauce I did enjoy.
Overall: I was a bit disappointed in the barbecue sauces, I really was looking for both some classic barbecue sauce and also cajun barbecue sauce, but this sauce in my opinion kind of missed the mark. I really liked the story, but so much the sauce.
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