Red Hawk Premium Peppers creates some astoundingly tasty hot sauces. Since 2011, Red Hawk has been winning awards with their 100% all natural products.
Based in Pennsylvania, the husband and wife team of Dan and Stephanie Lowenstein have crafted Grounds for Divorce, Grounds for Divorce XXX and Holy Alimony (their garlic trinity, if you will). They also have their Fire on the Mountain hot sauce, and many other condiments, rubs and spreads that round out their repertoire.
Fire on the Mountain:
The mildest sauce from Red Hawk is a traditional Fresno pepper based hot sauce with a mild to medium heat. Medium-thin and slightly pulpy, this beautiful red colored sauce has some nice red bits in it, with a nice mild hit of vinegar up front. Along with the vinegar comes a big fresh tomato flavor followed by a sweet, sugary finish. Think gourmet ketchup with flavor.
Then do NOT think about ketchup, because this sauce on tacos or pizza is just perfect – especially for you readers that want a little spice and tingle of hot sauce without getting burned. This is a taco sauce that you will love, and a nice condiment on pizza that brings on some big flavor without hurting your taste buds.
Ingredients: vinegar, Fresno peppers, cayenne peppers, water, tomato paste, onion, mustard, salt, corn starch, sugar, garlic powder.
Texture & Appearance: This bright red, medium-thin hot sauce is loaded with bits of peppers and onions. Just slightly pulpy, it is truly a perfect sauce for tacos, burritos and the like.
Taste Straight Up: A big, fresh tomato taste is up front, with a nice balance of vinegar and sweetness. It smells “hot” but surprises with a mild tingle of heat. Sweet, rich, and thick, this is a delicious sauce for the fans of mild hot sauce.
Heat Level: – Mild heat that is welcome to some, along with sweet flavor and nice vinegar and tomato base. Very satisfying.
Label/Graphics: Simple graphics and lettering – for now. Dan tells me he has some new artwork and labels in the works for all of his sauces.
Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): – I was blown away by the depth of flavor, mouth feel of the texture, and just overall enjoyment of having such a quality sauce to enjoy for flavor’s sake. The mild heat level is a bonus to the overall experience. Truly a stellar mild hot sauce.
The Garlic Trinity of Hot Sauces
Grounds for Divorce:
This is Red Hawk’s “Sriracha style” garlic based hot sauce. Designed for pork or chicken, especially in Asian cuisine, it’s also perfect on Italian. Heck, anything, it’s hot sauce. With garlic!
Ingredients: water, sweet onion, cayenne and thai type peppers, vinegar (rice & white), Fresno peppers, garlic, tomato paste, sugar, kosher salt, soy sauce, chives, olive oil, citric acid.
Texture & Appearance: With a dark orange color – almost red, this medium thick sauce (kind of lumpy in a good way) really stands up on the plate. I smell the cayenne, thai and Fresno peppers. The smoky element may come from the soy sauce or peppers. Garlic, of course is a big player here too… there should be garlic cloves on the label.
Taste Straight Up: The big hit of garlic just screams “put me on pizza”. But this sauce is also great on tacos, pizza, and nachos. I love the thickness of it, and wish it came in bigger bottles. (There’s a testament). We even sprinkled some on our garlic bread. Yup, that works too.
Heat Level: – Not overpowering, the heat is a 2 for us. A nice combination of peppers, with lots of garlic flavor, makes this truly a “Grounds for Divorce” sauce. Garlic being the operative word.
Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): – This sauce is delicious. Period. Not too hot, plenty of garlic flavor, great texture – a winner all around. Buy 2 or more, it’s that good.
Grounds for Divorce XXX:
Take the above Grounds for Divorce sauce, and kick it up with some yellow Bhut Jolokia Peppers, and you have the XXX version.
Ingredients: water, sweet onion, cayenne and thai type peppers, vinegar (rice & white), Fresno peppers, yellow bhut Jolokia peppers, garlic, tomato paste, sugar, kosher salt, soy sauce, chives, olive oil, citric acid.
Taste Straight Up: Garlic is still king here, but the heat level is cranked up a few notches. Not unbearable at all. Fruity, fragrant, and very zesty. It really does add a whole new layer to the taste of the original Grounds for Divorce. There is a pleasant addition of more heat.
Heat Level: – We’ve only gone one notch (star) above the original. Grounds for Divorce XXX ups the game in flavor more than heat. The addition of the Yellow Bhut Jolokia adds some welcome complexity to the mix, without going overboard.
Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): – Down a 1/2 star only because of intensity. I’d favor a blend of the original Grounds for Divorce with a part of the XXX version to bring a nice balance of both sauces. After all, we still have to look at the penultimate garlic hot sauce offering from Red Hawk – and that is the Holy Alimony!!! sauce.
Holy Alimony!!! Superhot Garlic Sauce:
This is the last in the Grounds for Divorce series, with the same great garlicky taste as the first two but with a bigger punch! And that punch comes from the 7 pot peppers. I credit this sauce for opening my eyes (taste buds) to the exotic super hot peppers – in this case, the 7 pot peppers. Fruity, bright, and bold heat, coupled with the awesome garlic base that is the Red Hawk Peppers sauces, this is yet another winner in their triple lineup of garlic hot sauces.
Ingredients: water, sweet onion, cayenne & thai type peppers, vinegar (rice & white), Fresno peppers, 7 pot peppers (including 7 pot Douglah and Brainstrain), garlic, tomato paste, sugar, kosher salt, soy sauce, chives, olive oil, citric acid.
Taste Straight Up: Fresh, fruity and hot. This sauce is not for the timid, yet is flavorful enough for the die-hard chilehead fan that craves garlic, heat, flavor and texture.
Heat Level: – We have a hot, head sweating, “give you hiccups” heat here – yet so sublime in flavor and heat. It’s hot, but not a bring you to your knees “hot”. Just amazing, sweet, fruity heat that has you craving more.
Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): – Our highest rating. Mainly because it’s the first sauce made with superhot peppers that I have enjoyed. Something tells me that you, the reader, might be able to enjoy it too.
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Here are some of the other pictures we took for this review, including pizza and burritos for testing purposes!