Sweet & Spicy Alaskan Umami Sauce

Sweet & Spicy Alaskan Umami Sauce is a super thick and sticky sweet sauce. One of the most unusual sauces we’ve had lately, it doesn’t just pour out of the bottle – you need a knife or spoon to ladle it out.

And it’s worth the trouble.

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Or read on for all the details…

Sweet & Spicy Alaskan Umami Sauces

Sweet & Spicy Alaskan Umami Sauces

The Sweet & Spicy Alaskan Umami Hot Sauce lineup

Sweet & Spicy Alaskan Umami Sauce is available in mild, hot and extra hot flavors.

I found out by talking to sauce creator Pamela Turner as to why there is no “Medium” level of sauce. After having launched their Mild and Hot levels, they were inundated with requests for an Extra Hot version. Not willing to re-tool the labels for the Mild and Hot… Extra Hot was launched and the middle child, Medium, was left out.

Mild:

Very sticky, very sweet, very thick. Breakfast syrup sweet. We tried this on chicken tenders as a dipping sauce.

A nice, middle of the road sauce for dipping.

Mild Alaskan Umami Sauce

Mild Alaskan Umami Sauce

“Mild” ingredients: brown sugar, cayenne pepper sauce (cayenne peppers, vinegar, water, salt, garlic powder), vinegar, minced garlic, pure sesame oil, unsulphered molasses, granulated garlic, granulated onion, pepper, sea salt.

Heat Level: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – Very mild, sweet and sticky. A nice glaze or substitute for pepper jelly. Tame.

Overall Rating: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – It’s pepper jelly good. Great for everyone to try.

Good for: Probably best tossed in warm/hot wings after they’re done cooking. Also a great dip for pretzel sticks or poured onto breakfast sausage.

Hot:

Again, our first test was on chicken tenders as a dipping sauce.

Wow. The best flavor/heat combo of the 3.

A pop of heat in the mouth and up in the nose. When you swallow it, it burns your throat, but quickly subsides.

Hot Alaskan Umami Sauce

Hot Alaskan Umami Sauce

“Hot” ingredients: Brown sugar, cayenne pepper sauce (cayenne peppers, vinegar, water, salt, garlic powder), vinegar, minced garlic, pure sesame oil, cayenne, unsulphered molasses, granulated garlic, granulated onion, pepper, sea salt.

Heat Level: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – Medium heat and best flavor of the 3. Perfect.

Overall Rating: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Our favorite and most flavorful. Recommended.

Good for: Crackers with cream cheese, a wing glaze with some heat or a dip for jalapeño poppers.

Extra Hot:

First of all, it’s indeed extra hot. Darkest red color of the trio. Lots of pepper flakes floating about.

Too hot for my taste as a sweet dipping sauce. Think of this as a thin pepper jelly for the adventurous.

Extra Hot Alaskan Umami Sauce

Extra Hot Alaskan Umami Sauce

“Extra Hot” ingredients: Brown sugar, cayenne pepper sauce (cayenne peppers, vinegar, water, salt, garlic powder), vinegar, cayenne, minced garlic, pure sesame oil, unsulphered molasses, granulated garlic, granulated onion, pepper, sea salt.

Heat Level: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – Hot with far less sweetness. Hot.

Overall Rating: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – Hot for hots sake. A little overkill.

Good for: Fire cracker grilled shrimp.

chicken tenders with alaskan umami sauce

Tenders with all 3 sauces

Wings with Mild Alaskan Umami Sauce

Wings with Mild Alaskan Umami Sauce

Wings with Hot Alaskan Umami Sauce

Wings with Hot Alaskan Umami Sauce

Alaskan Umami Sauces

Alaskan Umami Sauces

Sweet & Spicy Alaskan Umami Sauces in big bottles

Sweet & Spicy Alaskan Umami Sauces in big bottles

About:

Pam Turner started Alaskan Umami Sauce as a wing sauce.

It really came about because of my own picky taste buds, said Turner. “I never could find a barbecue or other dipping sauce for meats that I liked very much, so I made my own.” I started making this sauce for chicken wings about 20 years ago, although it has been changed quite drastically over the years to what it is now.

You can find Alaskan Umami Sauce here:

Facebook: Sweet & Spicy Alaskan Umami on Facebook.
Twitter: Follow @Sweet_Spicy_BBQ on Twitter.

Where to buy:

To purchase, visit http://www.ultimateumami.com/order-online.html

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

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Comments

  1. FIREHEAD THOMAS says:

    Brian, I really miss hearing the soothing sounds of the Meaghers in my earphones on the regular….bring back the vocals, baby!

    • Hey, thanks for the kind words, Firehead!
      I do have fun recording and editing audio. So while I’m not planning to do a podcast again, I think I might make an audio review appear in future posts on a regular basis.

  2. Thanks Brian for your time and effort to review my Alaskan Umami Sauces. I take pride in creating an all natural product using high quality ingredients, that is packed with flavor. The Hot is quickly becoming my best seller! I see it was your favorite.
    I have just started to thin the sauce, just a little, as it is very concentrated. We just got the new website up last month with lots of new changes, including a recipe page .
    I was a bit surprised that you thought the Extra Hot was a bit too hot, especially for being a hot sauce reviewer (most hot sauce guys only give it a 4-5 out of 10 for heat level). For everyday folks it is extra hot. The Mild is for all those who are afraid to try the Hot.
    Thanks again
    Pam
    Sweet & Spicy, LLC

    • PS. I forgot to mention that we won 2 World Championships with the Alaskan Umami Sauce. 2014 – World Champion in Asian BBQ & 2nd place in Extra Hot BBQ – with the Hot , and the Extra Hot
      2015 – World Champion in Wing Sauce – with the Extra Hot

    • Thanks Pamela!
      I can see why your “Hot” level is your best seller!

      …surprised that you thought the Extra Hot was a bit too hot, especially for being a hot sauce reviewer

      Whaaat? Just because I review hot sauces doesn’t make me want only burn-my-butt-off heat.
      I like flavor over heat. And I stand by my thoughts that the Extra Hot was too much. 🙂
      I just know you’ll sort things out and continue to offer great tasting sauces.
      ~brian

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