Recipe Makeover Homemade Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce

You’ll Never Buy Hunt’s Manwich Sauce in a Can Again

This is my homemade version of Manwich Sloppy Joes that I’ve been making at home since I was a teen. It is so simple, and as Brian says, “it’s the bomb!”.

This is a recipe using 2 lbs of ground beef. You could use 1 lb, but this is so good, and freezes so well (if it makes it that far) that you should go with the 2 lb version. I use my Le Creuset dutch oven, but a large cast iron skillet works as well.


    • 2 lb ground beef (80/20)


    • 1 1/2 large onions, chopped, about 2 cups total (I use Vidalia when available)


    • 1 tsp garlic powder


    • 1/2 tsp onion powder


    • 2 Tbs fresh ground black pepper (we grind a lot ahead of time and keep it in a sealed container)


    • 2 1/2 cups Hunt’s or Del Monte Ketchup (NOT Heinz, it’s too salty)


    • Kosher Salt to taste, about 1 tsp


    Water – 1 to 1 1/2 cups


Brown the ground beef until all the water is cooked out and only grease remains, then throw in the onions and cook until they just start to turn transluscent.

Then add the garlic and onion powder, black pepper, ketchup and salt.

Combine well, then add water to almost cover the mixture. This helps absorb the meat absorb the flavors, and gives a good fine texture, instead of hard chewy lumps.

Cook over medium heat until moisture dissipates, stirring every 10 minutes or so, then turn to low. This takes about 30 minutes, so go have a beer.
When the meat reaches a good thick, wet consistency, check for flavor and add what you think it needs. More garlic? More pepper? More ketchup? Whatever you like. I also sop up any extra grease with a paper towel to cut down on the fat factor.

Serve on a lightly toasted Kaiser or potato roll, along with a side of cole slaw, potato chips, and homemade onion dip, and you’ve got a great quick meal for the family. This is also perfect for potlucks and family reunions….I’ve never come home with any leftovers! Ever!

Homemade Onion Dip

Oh, and the onion dip… easy, and a huge hit with my sons, who used to swear by Helluva Good brand, but they like this better…

8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
3 Tbs. minced onion
Pinch Kosher salt
3 Tbs milk.

Blend (or smoosh with a fork) the cream cheese with the minced onion (don’t go by taste at this point, as the onion flavor gets stronger as it sits), and add a pinch or 2 of coarse Kosher salt. Add milk gradually to reach desired consistency. BE CAREFUL, it gets too thin really quickly if you add too much milk, so be sure to mix in each tablespoon until you reach Nirvana in the onion dip realm. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes. OMG, this stuff is so good!

Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey

Served up in a classic honey jar, this 16 ounce bottle of liquid gold combines the purest honey with the fiery heat of the Ghost Pepper.

Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey

Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey

Geddes Farms Blazing Hot 100% Natural Ghost Pepper Honey

Geddes Farms of Maryland sent us a bottle of their raw honey infused with a Ghost pepper to sample. With its clear golden color, the flavor of this quality honey is enhanced by the addition of a split red Ghost pepper suspended in the honey. It brings a very pronounced heat to the sweet honey profile.

Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey top

Check out the cool top

Heat Level: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – Big heat that hits you fast, but fades just as fast. Thrilling.

Overall Rating: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Pure honey flavor with pure Ghost heat. Delicious.

Ingredients: Honey, Ghost pepper.

Clear raw honey from Geddes Farms

Clear raw honey from Geddes Farms

Some folks advocate honey as a way to reduce the burn of hot sauces and hot peppers, so I first thought it was just going to be one of those products that incorporated the Ghost pepper just to jump on the hot pepper bandwagon, but – oh my! Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey did not disappoint.

Ghost pepper in honey. Kind of creepy, huh?

Ghost pepper in honey. Kind of creepy, huh?

There is not nearly enough honey to cover-up the heat here, and that makes for a perfect combination of heat and sweet that any die-hard chilehead can appreciate.

The Ghost pepper himself.

The Ghost pepper himself.

I’ve put Geddes Farms Blazing Hot Ghost Pepper Honey on just about everything I could think of – chicken tenders, wings, biscuits, peanut butter and honey sandwiches, and even on ice cream. I’ve yet to put it in my hot tea, but I will be using it to warm my soul when the winter wind and snow come knocking on our door.

Geddes Farms Ghost pepper honey on chicken tenders.

Geddes Farms Ghost pepper honey on chicken tenders.

Ghost pepper, split for more flavor!

Ghost pepper, split for more flavor!

Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey on wings.

On wings.

Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey on poppers

A sweet honey glaze on poppers.

Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey on bisquits.

On bisquits. Of course.

If you have a penchant for some heat with your sweet, or if you’re just a fan of honey looking for something a little different to please your palate, I highly recommend Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey.

Where to buy:

Go here to place your order – you’ll be sooo glad you did! And check out all of their other honey products. Especially this awesome gift set for the chilehead in your life.

Visit: and tell them Marilyn from HotSauceDaily sent you!

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

Spicy Hoisin Sriracha BBQ Sauce recipe

Hoisin and Sriracha make a great BBQ Sauce and glaze.

This recipe from JeanMarie Brownson came to us via the Food section of our local paper. She was trying to clean out her fridge by “pouring several condiments” into a bottle. Hoisin sauce, ketchup, and the “oh-so-trendy” sriracha sauce became the basis for this delicious bbq sauce/glaze.

hoisin sriracha bbq on pork with noodles

We cooked up this BBQ sauce to glaze on our pork tenderloin, as per her instructions.

pork tenderloin with hoisin sriracha bbq sauce

It paired perfectly with stir-fried veggies and oriental noodles, which also incorporated some of the bbq sauce.

pin this hoisin sriracha bbq sauce recipe

This simple recipe calls for 2 parts hoisin sauce, 1 part sriracha and 1 part ketchup. It made a perfect glaze for our pork tenderloin.

With some tweaking, this could be a great glaze for chicken wings. We would kick up the sriracha, and back off just a bit on the hoisin and ketchup. Some unsalted butter would add some fat and flavor too. But that’s another post. Enjoy!


A & B American Style Pepper Sauce

I came across A&B American Style Pepper Sauce at the First Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo last year (which was an amazing event, thank you Steve Seabury!). Knowing that A&B is going to be in attendance again at this year’s event, I figured it was time to share this find with you, our readers.


A&B American Style Pepper Sauce

Our mission: Our Pepper Sauce is a great, all-natural replacement for your existing hot sauce, cocktail sauce or even ketchup. Though we think it’s amazing on everything you eat, it’s especially mind-blowing on oysters, shrimp, eggs and burgers.

A&B American Style Pepper Sauce bottles

I didn’t have any oysters or shrimp on hand, but after tasting this sauce, I can see why it shines on those foods. I did try A&B on some quesadillas and pizza.

Ingredients: White Vinegar, Red Fresno Chili Pepper, Carrot, Red Onion, Habanero Pepper, Salt

A&B Pepper Sauce texture

Texture and Appearance: This is a thick, deep-orange sauce, with the consistency of Sriracha. It doesn’t run or separate at all, and clings to the spoon very well. Perfect.

Taste straight up: A hint of sweetness comes first (from the carrots and peppers – no sugar here!), with just a trace of vinegar. The onion and pepper flavors are extremely well-balanced, making this a very enjoyable sauce. Stellar taste.

Heat level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – Mild. Only 1.5 stars, but the blend of peppers results in a heat that warms the entire mouth. Very satisfying.

A&B Pepper sauce on quesadillas

Taste on food: We tried this on chicken quesadillas, and loved it! I first just dipped the quesadilla into the sauce, but when slathered on top, it set up very nicely. It actually turned into a paste on top of the warm flour tortilla. A great sauce for dipping AND slathering! Excellent!

Label and Graphics: I love the old medicine-style 8 oz bottle, and the label follows that theme with old-timey fonts on a brown paper label. Classic.

Overall Rating: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – I give this 4 out of 5 stars for excellent overall flavor, perfect on any food you can imagine. It’s a little more expensive than other craft sauces we’ve had, but it is a great product made with great ingredients. Highly recommended.

A&B on Social Media: On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest.

A&B’s tag line is “Flavor. Not just heat”, and they prove that with this sauce.
Check out their website to order their sauce and see all of the stores that carry their sauce. And tell them HotSauceDaily sent you!

Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.

Pineapple Orange Hot Sauce by Gunthers Gourmet

Our first hot sauce review of the year is also a first for the company that makes it. Gunther’s Gourmet has long been known for their incredible salsas, vinaigrettes and gourmet marinades. Pineapple Orange Hot Sauce with Mango is their first hot sauce release. And we think they nailed this one – right out of the gate.

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Gunther’s Gourmet Pineapple Orange Hot Sauce with Mango

We are big fans of pineapple based sauces; hot sauces, salsas, BBQ sauces and glazes. So when Gunther’s finally came out with their first ever hot sauce, we were pretty excited that it was a pineapple sauce.

Ingredients: crushed pineapple, orange juice, mango puree, distilled vinegar, apple sauce, lemon juice, tamari (water, organic whole soybeans, salt), pure honey, habanero peppers, roasted garlic, spices and salt. Contains: Soy.

gunthers gourmet pineapple orange hot sauce texture

Texture & Appearance: The crushed pineapple provides a nice pulpy texture to this sauce, with plenty of chewy bits. The mango puree helps fortify the texture while helping the orange juice give this sauce a great color. The texture makes this a bit of a challenge to coax out of the bottle, but I would not want to change the texture. Maybe a wider mouth bottle?

gunthers gourmet pineapple orange hot sauce texture closeup

Taste Straight Up: The initial taste is of sweet pineapple, blended perfectly with light citrus and garlic tones. Then comes a gradual buildup of heat from the habanero peppers that warms the entire mouth without overwhelming the flavors of the other ingredients.

Heat Level: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – Right in the middle of the scale – the classic habanero heat is strong, but short-lived. It is not overpowering, and the sweet pineapple comes through as the main flavor. A great balancing act!

gunthers gourmet pineapple orange hot sauce

Label/Graphics: Staying with Gunther’s classic label style, the pic showing the fruits is perfect for any gourmet store shelf or roadside stand.

Final Thoughts:

gunthers gourmet pineapple orange hot sauce on pizza

On pizza this sauce rocks. Imagine it on a Hawaiian style pizza…

Final rating: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Five stars – our highest rating. A perfect complement to pizza, omelettes, poured on cream cheese, as a dip or glaze for meatballs or pork chops, and much more. A perfect first hot sauce from an outstanding salsa maker.

Social Media: Follow Gunther’s Gourmet on Facebook.

Visit for this hot sauce and all of their great salsas and marinades.

Are you a fan of the sweet-then-heat sauces? Do you love pineapple sauces? Leave a Comment below…

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

Bowers Chile Pepper Festival 2013 Day 1 in Photos

This was our fourth year at the Bower’s Chile Pepper Festival outside of Kutztown, Pa. And this year, it was bigger and better than ever!

Bowers Chile Pepper Festival 2013

Photos Day 1 – Vendors and Booths

Following are just a few of the many photos I took during the first day of the festival. I really wanted to focus on the vendors and their booths. Many of these folks are our friends, and now, many are our new friends. Take note of any that interest you, and please visit their websites to purchase some awesome hot sauces and other zesty products.

Use your mouse to click through the photos.

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Scorpion’s Shadow Pepper Sauce review


Tom and Diane Slosser of Tom’s Roid Rippin’ Hot Sauce bring a new look to their line of products with the introduction of Scorpion’s Shadow. This fresh tasting sauce features Scorpion peppers, raspberries and strawberries, resulting in a unique flavor with just enough heat to warm the palate.

Scorpion’s Shadow – A Pepper Sauce or a Hot Sauce?

Ingredients: Raspberries, Strawberries, Strawberry Jelly (Corn Syrup, Strawberry Juice, ALLERGENS: Sulfite), Apple Jelly (Corn Syrup, Apple Juice, Malic Acid, ALLERGENS: Sulfite), Apple Cider Vinegar, Water, Pineapple Juice, Soybean Oil, Scorpion Peppers, Vanilla Extract, Onion Powder, Lime & Lemon Juice, Garlic Powder, Ginger.

Texture & Appearance: This burgundy-colored sauce is rather thin, with a slight cling to the spoon and sides of the bottle. Seeds from the raspberries are apparent, along with bits of berries that add some pulp to the mix.

Taste Straight Up: First taste is of the berries, sweet and fresh tasting (reminiscent of the flavor of my mom’s homemade jelly), followed by a rapid emergence of heat that moves to the back of the tongue and down the throat. The berry flavor then returns, and I’m left with a nice warm glow and the aftertaste of fresh berries.

Thankfully the onion and garlic powders were not noticeable, though they probably play just a supporting role. I could have done without the raspberry seeds, but didn’t notice them as much after putting the sauce on food. I really liked the flavor of this sauce. Overall flavor – Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

Heat Level: The heat comes on with a rush after the initial fruit flavors, and quickly subsides to a pleasant warm feeling. I’d give it 3 stars for the first hit of heat, but that drops quickly to a 1.5. Mild – Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars


Label/Graphics: I love the label! The blue scorpion on a background of red/lavender coals definitely catches the eye, and the yellow font used for “Scorpion’s Shadow” stands out on the black background. Very classy, and a nice departure from Tom’s “standard” style of label. Rated 5 out of 5 Stars.

Scorpion's Shadow on cream cheese toast Scorpion’s Shadow on cream cheese toast

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): I first tried this sauce on Ritz crackers with cream cheese, but the crackers were too salty and destroyed the flavor of the sauce.

Breakfast with Scorpion's Shadow

Breakfast with Scorpion’s Shadow

The next test (it was breakfast time!) was on whole wheat toast with cream cheese. Winner! Some of the sauce made its way to my cheese and onion omelette, where the sweet fruit and heat was a great complement to the savory omelette. Overall Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Scorpion's Shadow bottle

Scorpion’s Shadow bottle

Kudos to Tom and Diane for not only coming up with an innovative and delicious sauce, but for creating a label that is worthy of any gourmet or specialty store shelf. Classy and visually appealing, I believe this label design will help them market to an even larger customer base. Be sure to visit Tom’s Roid Rippin’ Hot Sauce to purchase this and their other outstanding products (including their Hot Cherry Pepper and Roasted Garlic, a multiple award winner!) And tell them HotSauceDaily sent you!

The Good Stuff Sweet BBQ Sauce Review

the good stuff bbq sauce on pulled pork

The Good Stuff Sweet BBQ Sauce comes from Hickey Bottom BBQ Sauce Co out of Fenelton, PA. The daughter and mother team of Rebecca McCrea and Mary Ann Pranulis hand bottle this sweet, sticky BBQ sauce, and are currently selling it in a few stores in their local Pennsylvania area, as well as on

The Good Stuff Sweet BBQ Sauce is a simple, sweet sticky BBQ sauce that makes no qualms about the lack of heat or spiciness… this is not a hot BBQ sauce. Rather it’s a medium thick, sweet sauce that does well at the end of your cook. And it’s the pride and joy of Rebecca McCrea who’s been making it for years, and at the urging of friends and customers, has begun bottling and selling it.

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