Whether you call it a butty, sarnie, bap or barm, cob, sanger or piece ‘n’… I’m sure most of us can agree that two pieces of bread with heaps of bacon piled between makes a beautiful snack for any time of the day.
What we’re less able to agree on is the sauce. Lines are drawn and knives too, as we battle over whether tomato ketchup, brown sauce, mustard or even mayonnaise is the optimum partner to cured porky deliciousness.
From my larder, I pulled out one of my stash of their sweet mustard ketchup, a condiment of such intense sweet sharp flavour that you’ll be hooked the moment you taste it, just as I was last year.
We most commonly buy Denhay Farms bacon, also sold as Waitrose own label, Duchy Originals and Spoilt Pig. I’ve also noted the finalists of the bacon awards, and shall be seeking out some of these to try soon.
What I most like about Tracklements is their dedication to traditional recipes, often gleaned from tattered old cookery books and tweaked until perfect, and their commitment to using high quality, natural ingredients, grown locally as much as possible.
After an unsuccessful a search for an accompaniment to the sausages he was tasked with selling back in the early seventies, William Tullberg decided to create a traditional mustard himself, to fit the bill. He soon found there was a demand from friends, local pubs, shops and restaurants and set up his own business to supply it. Today, the company is run by his son Guy, and has expanded the product range to sell many more mustards, chutneys, relishes, sauces and ketchups.
The reason their products taste like home made is that they are made using the same methods as you’d use at home, as I discovered for myself when I spent a day learning how they made mustard (and having a go myself) last year.
Fruity Brown Ketchup – a gentle, sweet sour brown sauce without the harshness of smell and flavour that some cheaper brands have.
Tomato Ketchup – similarly gentle to the brown sauce, but a step too far, I found myself wanting a punchier kick such as Heinz tomato and balsamic ketchup or Levi Root’s Love Apple tomato ketchup and my own home-made spicy tomato ketchup.
Sweet Mustard Ketchup – a truly fantastic balance of sweet, sharp, tangy mustard in a sauce format.
On our bacon sandwiches, we both agreed that the sweet mustard was the winner, though my home grown spicy tomato is a pretty close second!
My grandfather’s recipe for spicy tomato ketchup is here. I’ve made this with both red and green tomatoes, adding a little more sugar to the green ones to balance their extra acidity. Both have proved very popular with friends.
Brown sauce is very similar to Indian tamarind chutney, what I refer to as tamarind ketchup. My mum’s recipe is here, and this has also proved really popular with friends.
Tracklements recipe for their fruity brown sauce is also shared on their blog, here.
Kavey Eats received a complimentary sample of Tracklements tomato and brown ketchups.