Ed’s Roadhouse “Hott” Dam Good Pineapple Habanero

Hott Dam Good Pineapple Habanero sauce is from Ed’s Roadhouse Jerky. They not only have over 30+ flavors of jerky but they make a handful of rubs, hot sauces and a Hickory BBQ Sauce.

ed's roadhouse pineapple habanero

Ed’s Roadhouse Hott Dam Good Pineapple Habanero Sauce

We last visited Ed’s Roadhouse for his Sriracha Wasabi Jerky. An amazing jerky that is the best we’ve ever had! Bar none. This time, it’s one of their 4 hot sauces we’re looking at – Ed’s Roadhouse “Hott” Dam Good Pineapple Habanero Sauce.

Ed’s Roadhouse describes Hott Dam Good Pineapple Habanero sauce as having a “Lightly sweet pineapple flavor with a habanero tang.” That’s putting it mildly. This sauce has a big kick! The habanero burn is predominant. The sweet pineapple is secondary.

Ingredients: habanero peppers, pineapple, sugar, salt, garlic, vinegar, xanthan gum, natural spices.

ed's roadhouse pineapple habanero hot sauce texture

Great color and consistency

Texture and appearance: A beautiful bright colored sauce, the thick sauce and tiny chunks of pulp will please the eyes.

Taste: Wow. Bang. Hot. The habanero heat is way up front, with the sweet pineapple and sugars coming in a close second or third place. This is truly a habanero lovers sauce. No wonder they call it “Hott Dam Good”!

Overall impression: Personally, I prefer the sweet pineapple taste up front. Hott Dam Good Pineapple Habanero is all about the habanero pepper taste first, then the sweet kicks in.

True fans of the habanero pepper will enjoy the fresh taste that is first and foremost in this sauce. High quality ingredients and freshness bring this sauce to a level that is worthy of any chilehead’s pantry or as a gift for the person that just loves habanero sauces.

Ed's Roadhouse Pineapple Habanero on pizza

This sauce is made for pizza and other munchies.

Flavor: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars 2/5 stars – Other than the sweet pineapple, there’s not much going on here except the bright hot sting of the habanero pepper.

Heat: Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars 3.5/5 stars – The burn is above average (2.5) but not over the top. If you know the classic fresh habanero burn, then this is it.

Ordering: Visit EdsRoadhouseJerky.com to order this sauce, along with the dozens of other products they make.

We hope to bring you more reviews of Ed’s Roadhouse products – both jerky and sauce. Stay tuned!

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

Are you a fan of the straight up habanero flavor or sauce? Let us know in the Comments below.

And a big thank you to Mary and Ed of Ed’s Roadhouse for the opportunity to review one of their hot sauces.

Deception Salsa “Entice” review

Deception Salsa Entice is a mild Corn and Bean salsa that is just as sweet as their Tease flavor, with the added sweetness of corn. Our second review of the Deception Salsa line-up may surprise you.

Entice – a Sweet Corn and Black Bean lovers salsa

If you like your salsa sweet, and are a fan of corn and beans, this salsa is for you. This is the second in a series of reviews of the Deception Salsa line-up. Our first was the Level 5 (their rating) Tease Salsa.

deception salsa entice

Ingredients: tomato, corn, onion, seasoned black beans (prepared black beans, water, salt, onion powder, spices, maltodextrin, garlic powder, natural flavor), sugar, green bell pepper, jalapeño pepper, red hot cherry pepper, white distilled vinegar, habanero pepper, chili powder, citric acid, black pepper, cumin, garlic

deception salsa texture

Texture & Appearance: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – A pretty salsa that would look great on any table. Very coarse, with lots of corn but not enough black beans. We rate it high on looks, but low on flavor.

deception salsa closeup

Taste Straight Up: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – Sweet, sweet, sweet. The corn only adds to the sweetness, and the black beans are too few. Of all the flavors from Deception Salsa, this has to be their “throw-away” salsa. It exists only to fill a niche, and that doesn’t include us. No corn for me, and more beans for Marilyn, please.

Heat Level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – The mild heat is short lived. This might work at a family gathering or cookout where friends or family would enjoy a milder, yet exotic looking salsa.

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – In our opinion, it’s not the biggest player in their salsa lineup. It almost seems like it exists to please a small corn and bean contingent. We pass on this one.

While certainly not our favorite of the Deception Salsas, it is still a solid product with the same great branding and label. And based on the quality alone, it is worthy of your consideration for purchase.

Visit http://www.deceptionsalsa.com to get any or all of their salsas.

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.

Franks RedHot Ketchup Style Hot Sauce – An Identity Crisis?

Dip. Spread. Pour. That’s the mantra printed on the label for Frank’s RedHot Ketchup Style Hot Sauce. But dip, spread or pour on what? What do we do with this sauce, Franks?

Frank's RedHot Ketchup Style Hot Sauce bottle

Frank’s RedHot Ketchup Style Hot Sauce bottle

Is Franks a ketchup or hot sauce or wing sauce?

Is this a ketchup (we’ll save the catsup vs. ketchup debate for another post), a hot sauce, or a wing sauce? Wait. You may be asking “why do you bring up wing sauce”? Well, there’s butter in this bottle – a “natural butter type flavor” to be exact. Enough “butter flavor” to invoke the classic taste of Buffalo Wings. And we all know that Frank’s RedHot is THE sauce used in the Original Buffalo Wings recipe.

From the label:

Frank’s RedHot Ketchup Style Hot Sauce gives you the great taste of Cayenne peppers with a thicker & richer ketchup-like consistency for dipping, spreading or pouring.

suggestions for franks redhot ketchup style hot sauce

The label also has suggested uses: Hamburgers, Chicken Nuggets (really?), French Fries and Omelettes. Interestingly, all the little graphics under the suggestions really look like the McD-place products. Hmmm.

Ingredients: distilled vinegar, aged cayenne red peppers, salt, water, modified food starch, canola oil, paprika, carrot fiber, xanthan gum, sodium benzoate (as a preservative), natural butter type flavor and garlic powder.

Thick, orange, gloppy

Thick, orange, gloppy

Texture & Appearance: Thick and catsup-y with an odd orange hue, probably from the butter flavoring.

Taste Straight Up: Tastes for all the world like a thicker version of their “ready made” wing sauce, with just a hint more ketchup for body and tomato flavor – but not much. Bottom line, it’s a thicker version of their wing sauce made for dipping.

Heat Level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – With a decent amount of heat from the cayenne peppers, this is tame enough that Micky D’s could serve it with those “chicken” nugget things and the kiddies would want more. Considerably less hot than Frank’s RedHot Original, it still has some of the familiar bite from Frank’s.

franks redhot ketchup style hot sauce

Frank’s RedHot Ketchup Style Hot Sauce

Label/Graphics: It’s the same iconic curvy bottle of Frank’s that we all know and love, with the addition of a badge of “THICK” in the corner, and big bold “Ketchup Style Hot Sauce” along the bottom. And, at this point, I have to point out that Frank’s alone has “invented” the phrase “ketchup style”. There is no other on the market, and for good reason. Technically, there is no such thing.

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): I whipped up some quick Ore-Ida fries to dip into this sauce. At first you get the unmistakeable flavor of Frank’s, then just when you think “well, this is Frank’s RedHot in Catsup”, the butter flavor kicks in, and you realize you are dipping fries into a thick wing sauce.

Fries with Frank's Ketchup Style Hot Sauce

Fries with Frank’s Ketchup Style Hot Sauce

It’s certainly not “bad” tasting, I just think it suffers from an identity crisis, and I wonder who, what, or why the powers that be at Frank’s RedHot (essentially Reckitt Benckiser of Parsippany, NJ) decided they needed to produce this oddball product.

On your grocer’s shelves, get some before it’s gone… as this may be a short-lived product in the lineup of the venerable Frank’s RedHot brand.

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.

Pablo’s Phoenix hot sauce

Pizza bites with Pablo's Phoenix

Pizza bites with Pablo’s Phoenix

This “Quick Pick” is from South Carolina – a super-thick hot sauce featuring cayenne and serrano peppers.

Quick Pick: Pablo’s Phoenix Hot Sauce

Paul Eubanks, a member of the Hot Sauce+ Community on Google+, reached out to us about his Phoenix and Peaches ‘n Heat sauces. They looked good, and a few bucks later, we had a couple of bottles here to play with. Originally launched on Etsy.com (and some are still available as of this writing), Paul is now taking orders for these big 8 ounce bottles on his site, http://pabloshotsauce.com.

Why this is a Quick Pick:

Because of its unique and pungent flavor, and super-thick consistency. Serrano peppers are a favorite here at HotSauceDaily, and when added to the everyday cayenne chile pepper, a new burst of flavor is the result. Phoenix almost tastes like a sun-drenched exotic chile pepper sauce from another land.

Ingredients: aged cayenne and serrano peppers, salt, vinegar, lime, spices

Overall impression: Brings some pizzaz to pizza and makes a nice dipping hot sauce for just about anything from snacks (pizza rolls and pretzels) to wings.

Pros: Simple ingredients, simple label and graphics – great “small crafted” look and feel. Big flavor.

Cons: Lime ingredient may not be fresh lime juice – something is just a bit off-putting about the citrus, although Pablo’s claims to use only fresh ingredients.

Ordering: Visit http://pabloshotsauce.com to order this and their other sauces in big 8 ounce bottles, and tell them HotSauceDaily sent you!

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Carolina Cologne BBQ sauce on pulled pork – review

carolina cologne bbq sauce

Carolina Cologne is an Eastern North Carolina barbeque sauce from Jerry Roberts, who grew up in Nags Head, N.C. and now resides in Florida. This peppery, red colored, vinegar based sauce is a step above the usual thin vinegar and crushed red pepper table sauces that are prevalent in the Eastern region of North Carolina.

This sauce adds some body and flavor to what is traditionally a thin sauce. In a nutshell, it’s pretty damn good, and a big improvement over a traditional sauce.

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