Year of the Dog Hot Sauce

Not exactly a traditional hot sauce, Year of the Dog, a Thai Chile Pineapple Hot Sauce from Lucky Dog is intensely flavorful.

Year of the Dog video review

In our first ever video review of a hot sauce, we chose the excellent new offering from LuckyDogHotSauce.com called Year of the Dog.

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Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Brown Label – Mustard Chipotle

Lucky Dog Brown Label just might be their most approachable sauce yet – especially for the general hot sauce loving public. With a line-up that includes mild, hot and super-hot blends, the Brown Label is their newest release.

Brown Label is the newest sauce from Lucky Dog

Brown Label is the newest sauce from Lucky Dog

Lucky Dog Brown Label – Ridiculously Tasty Mustard Chipotle Hot Sauce

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce’s newest offering called Brown Label also has the amusingly long name of “Ridiculously Tasty Mustard Chipotle Hot Sauce”.

But Lucky Dog can be excused. In our opinion, you can name your sauce anything you want as long as you excel in flavor and taste.

A unique style of medium heat chipotle sauce, with the rich notes of Meco chipotles and a dynamic balance between mustard, chipotle and cumin. Bartlett pear juice and figs add very subtle sweetness, while the creeping heat of the scotch bonnet chile builds in heat in a slow & sneaky way. ~LDHS

And Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Brown Label is already winning awards from all over:

  • 1st Place Pepper Blend – 2015 New York Hot Sauce Expo Screaming Mimi Awards
  • 2nd Place Medium – 2016 Scovie Award Winner
  • Finalist – 2016 Good Food Awards – Pantry Division

The flavor profile is complex, yet the end result is simple and tasty. Deliciously smoky but not overpowering with just a hint of sweetness to balance things out.

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Heat Level: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – A medium-light chipotle / scotch bonnet chile blend with a little sting at the end that lingers. Pleasantly on the light side of medium heat.

Overall Rating: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Our highest rating of five Stars! Fantastic flavor. Big and bold dark umami flavors. Rich and satisfying.

Ingredients: apple cider vinegar, pear juice from concentrate, onions, jalapeño peppers, water, roasted garlic, chipotle peppers, dried figs, sea salt, spices, scotch bonnet peppers, ghost pepper sea salt, granulated onion, lime juice concentrate.

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Texture / Appearance:

Lucky Dog Brown Label hot sauce

Lucky Dog Brown Label hot sauce

Dark and thick with a deep brown color. The consistency is nice, with a blend of small sized pulp. Great mouth feel and texture.

Taste:

Lucky Dog Brown - a perfect taco sauce

Lucky Dog Brown – a perfect taco sauce

Superb as a taco sauce, this brown baby is also happy on nachos, burritos, and other Mexican style dishes. With the built-in awesomeness of it’s NoCal flavors and Tex-Mex umami, it’s a fit for everything South-of-the-Border.

On Food:

Pizza Rolls with Lucky Dog Brown Label

Pizza Rolls with Lucky Dog Brown Label

Pizza Rolls are a great snack and pair well dipping into Lucky Dog’s Brown Label “Ridiculously Tasty Mustard Chipotle Hot Sauce”.

Mas muy bueno tacos

Mas muy bueno tacos

We really feel strong about this being a great taco sauce.
And it’s just as good on our nachos.

Lucky Dog Brown on nachos is delicious too

Lucky Dog Brown on nachos is delicious too

Finally, the tacos pic that Marilyn didn’t want me to publish…

Tacos with thick, rich, LDHS Brown Label sauce

Tacos with thick, rich, LDHS Brown Label sauce

… but I did. 🙂

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Final Thoughts:

Overall: We think we’ve found our newest favorite taco sauce and we think you will love it too.

Scott Zalkind, the creator of Lucky Dog Hot Sauces, has produced a fantastic sauce we like enough to give it 5 Stars. It is our favorite of his 8 sauce line-up… for now. 😉

Where to buy:

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To purchase, visit http://luckydoghotsauce.com/

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.

Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce

This made in America “Jamaican” Jerk Sauce is true to the flavors, heat and spices that are jerk.

Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce

Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce

Smoke & Spice Authentic Jamaican Jerk Sauce from Chef Karin Vickers

Let me say, right up front, that I think this is the best Jerk Sauce I’ve ever had from an American company.

My only complaint is that is only comes in a small 10 ounce jar. I wish it was available in larger jars, say 12 – 16 ounces.

This is NOT a jerk paste… I feel the requirements and qualities of a true paste are different. Jerk pastes are super thick and usually require some oil to be applied to help thin them out and spread the ingredients and flavors over the food (chicken, shrimp, pork) to be cooked.

Heat Level: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – Big hit of authentic heat. This will light you up! But with flavor, and the heat subsides fairly fast. It’s real jerk heat and flavor. Well balanced.

Overall Flavor: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Our top rating! All of the flavors blossom nicely – a delicious jerk sauce. Amazing.

Ingredients: Soy sauce (water, soy beans, wheat flour, salt, potassium sorbate (less then 1/10th of 1%)), fresh onions, tomato paste, fresh scallions, scotch bonnet peppers, fresh ginger, cane vinegar, water, brown sugar, fresh garlic, soybean oil, allspice, thyme and natural spices.

Texture / Appearance:

Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce texture

Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce texture

Thick and coarsely ground, it’s a perfect consistency that sticks to your foods.

Marilyn is not the big fan of jerk sauces that I am, but she likes that it has “♫ no stems or seeds that you don’t need ♫”.

She’s referring to the tiny stems and twigs found in most dry jerk seasonings and some imported pastes and sauces (and to Cheech and Chong).

Taste:

Right up front, the soy sauce adds some dark flavor. I love the sweet warm heat of the Scotch Bonnet pepper (as compared to habanero). The onions and scallions add their sweetness to the mix along with some brown sugar. The required allspice and thyme are not over-bearing. What a fantastic blend that really delivers an authentic jerk flavor.

As I write this review, I’m eating the sauce straight up with a fork, and the fresh bright flavor and tempered heat are making me so happy to share this sauce review with you.

Final Thoughts:

Packaging: I mentioned the small 10 ounce jar. Perhaps Smoke & Spice will come up with a larger package someday. But no worries, it’s plenty for 3 or 4 dinners as it is.

On food: Chicken, chicken and chicken. I would have liked to show some pics of jerk shrimp, but that’s in my future. And besides, shrimp is so dense, it doesn’t really absorb sauces or marinate well… with shrimp you just grill it.

Chef Karin swears that her sauce makes a good dipping sauce or all purpose seasoning too. I’d love to hear your suggestions in the Comments below for using Jerk sauce this way.

Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce on Chicken Tenders

Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce on Chicken Tenders

On chicken tenders it absolutely rocked. I marinated some chicken tenders overnight, grilled them up on the gasser, and they were fabulous.

We had them with some honey mustard sauce from our local restaurant (Seacrets) and enjoyed the best flavors and spice from Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce.

Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce on chicken parts

Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce on chicken parts

We also marinated some chicken parts and grilled them over some charcoal… another stellar jerk chicken dinner.

Smoke & spice Jerk Sauce on chicken

Smoke & spice Jerk Sauce on chicken

About Smoke & Spice:

At Smoke & Spice, we combine the authentic flavors of our Jamaican heritage with the ingenuity of our chef’s culinary training to bring the exceptional taste of Jamaican jerk cooking to your kitchen.
Our sauce is made with the freshest all-natural ingredients. It has a lower sodium content than our competition, and we never use preservatives or MSG.

You can find Smoke & Spice on Social Media here:

Facebook: Best Jerk Sauce on Facebook
Twitter: Best Jerk Sauce on Twitter
Instagram: Best Jerk Sauce on Instagram

Where to buy:

To purchase, visit Buy Smoke & Spice Jerk Sauce

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.

Hoff Sauce review and Giveaway

We first heard about Hoff Sauce when they were debuting their product at the Chattanooga (TN) Market in early August.

Checkout the Giveaway at the end to win a bottle of Hoff Sauce!

Packaged in a flask bottle and adorned with the cartoon likeness of founder and creator Aaron Hoffman, this sauce really piqued our interest. We just had to try it. And we are suckers for a flask bottle.

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Hoff Sauce – an everyday sauce that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Or at least that is one of their taglines. And it may be true. But ultimately, this sauce is for fans of habanero sauces.

Heat Level: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – A nice sting of heat. Habanero happiness.

Overall Rating: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars
Peppery flavor and fresh taste. Everyday.

Ingredients: Chiles (Red Jalapeño, Habanero, Chipotle), Vinegar, Salt, Granulated Garlic.

Texture/Appearance:

hoff sauce sample

Hoff Sauce sample

This thin sauce is unremarkable in appearance. It shows tiny bits of peppers, but that’s about all.

An average sauce. Thin. Not much to say about the consistency. But it works.

The flask bottle comes with a restrictor cap that we feel is not necessary. Let the sauce flow Hoff!

Taste:

Sharp heat – think kicked up taco sauce – followed by a strong garlic hit.

This is one of those sauces that you “splash” on foods, as opposed to dripping onto, or pouring onto. The thin body of the sauce dictates so.

Final Thoughts:

I’m getting mostly a stinging heat from the habaneros and red jalapeños. The chipotle pepper, and it’s inherent smokiness barely comes through.

It is very good on tacos, and pretty good on slices of pizza.

Some might like it in their bowls of chili or cooked into their taco meat.

A few drops onto nachos is pretty darn good too!

Packaging:

Fantastic job with the flask bottle. I’m sorry the graphics don’t pop more from the label… Hoff really did a good job on that concept, but the graphics just don’t shine through.

About:

As a 5-year-old, Aaron Hoffman remembers skipping the Twinkies and Little Debbies and reaching for cheddar cheese and pickled jalapeños instead. He’s always been a fan of hot and spicy foods.

As an adult, he has converted that passion for heat into his own brand of hot sauce called Hoff Sauce. He and his wife, Michelle, created Hoff and Pepper Co. to market the brand.

Visit Hoff and Pepper here: http://www.hoffandpepper.com/

hoff sauce in brown wrapper

Hoff Sauce comes in a nice brown bag wrapper

You can find Hoff and Pepper on Social Media here:

Instagram: https://instagram.com/hoffandpepper/

Where to buy:

To purchase, visit http://www.hoffandpepper.com/orderhoffsauce/hoff-sauce/

Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own. Some compensation was received via the giveaway bottle.

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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.

Listen to the audio review:

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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