Jak Jeckel Pepper Sauce Trio

Jak Jeckel Pepper Sauce believes “hot sauce should be more about flavor than overwhelming fire”. They might want to re-think that philosophy, as I find the trio of sauces they currently offer as hot, hotter, and hotter-er. ­čÖé
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Apocalips Sweet Habanero Hellfire Sauce

From the creative mind of Dave Letterman and his hugely successful line of Bonfatto’s wing sauces, comes Apocalips Sweet Habanero Hellfire Hot Sauce.

Apocalips Hot Sauce

Dave’s successful Bonfatto’s Wing Sauces include the “Seven Wonders of the Sauce World” which translates, roughly, to seven amazing wing sauce products! Some of them rock on ice cream, but that’s another post.

Apocalips Sweet Habanero Hellfire Sauce

Apocalips Sweet Habanero Hellfire Sauce is Bonfatto’s foray into the realm of hot sauce. What a first step!

Apocalips will light you up, bringing on the heat of the red habanero chile and the supporting players of mandarin oranges, coffee flavors and garlic.

Let’s see what’s in it…

Ingredients: carrots, red habanero chile peppers, water, mandarin oranges, tomatoes, coffee syrup (pure cane sugar, pure coffee concentrate, and other natural flavors, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (to preserve freshness), caramel color, citric acid), honey, coffee, spices, garlic powder, salt.

Don’t let the coffee ingredients turn you off. (I love my 2 cups of morning coffee, but I don’t want coffee flavors in my food). But…

Apocalips texture

As it turns out, coffee, as an ingredient, disappears into the mix and becomes a supporting player… mostly in the background – you would barely notice it.

I can think of quite a few BBQ seasonings and sauces that incorporate coffee into their recipes. You would never know. Who would’ve thought?

Apocalips Hot Sauce – let’s break it down:

Texture and Appearance: Apocalips is very thin, dark colored and full of tiny flecks of spices. Very pourable.

Taste Straight Up: Dark, rich, full flavored. It’s no doubt a habanero sauce, but the depth of flavor up front is unique. Deep.

Heat Level: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – 3/5 Stars. Hot. Not tame by any means, Apocalips brings on a medium burn that just settles nicely in the middle of the pack. Just right.

Final Thoughts

Overall rating: Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars – 4.5/5 Stars. Just shy of “really” hot. Ouch!

Amazingly good on our tacos one evening.

apocalips on taco

Like most good hot sauces, you have to try it on food… the “straight up” taste tests only go so far.

Dave and his Bonfatto’s Wing Sauces will once again be at the New York Hot Sauce Expo!

apoalips hot sauce

So stop by his booth at NYCHotSauceExpo.com and say “hi” and that your saw this review on HotSauceDaily.com. We’ll be there too.

Also be sure to visit FeelTheFlavors.com for all of Bonfatto’s wing sauces.

Are you going to the NYC Hot Sauce Expo?

If you are planning to go the the Expo, please let us know in the comments below.

We’d love to meet you!

Pi├▒ata Hot Sauce

Pineapple and habaneros come together with some mustard, honey and garlic to bring you Pinata Hot Sauce.

pinata hot sauce bottles

Based in Brooklyn NY, Pinata Hot Sauce was one of the first booths we came across at the 1st Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo in 2013. Their sauces really impressed me, considering I’ve not been a fan of habanero based sauces until recently.

Their motto is: More flavor than you can shake a stick at!

Pi├▒ata Hot Sauce

I’m a sucker for anything pineapple based. Come up with a good BBQ or hot sauce that uses pineapple, and I’m all in… at first.

But can you keep me interested? Is it just pineapple flavor for the heck of it?

Or does the sweet fruit really balance well with good quality chile peppers and supporting ingredients?

In this case, I have say “Yes”. Check out this unusual list of ingredients.

Ingredients: pineapple, vinegar, mustard, red habanero peppers, onions, honey, garlic, salt, water, xanthan gum.

Mustard? Check. Red habaneros? Check. Onions and garlic? Double check. All good stuff, and the way Pinata combines these with pineapple makes a treat to eat.

Texture & Appearance: Kind of green or yellowish green in color. This medium thick sauce brings with it a lot of things to bite on and enjoy in your mouth. Very small chunks of the fruits are a pleasing taste and mouth feel. Very nice.

pinata hot sauce texture

Taste Straight Up: Sweet and sour, tangy too. The mustard flavor is very muted; the big flavor here is garlic and pineapple and habanero chiles. Nice balance.

Heat Level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – 1/5 Stars – Mild. Easily, this sauce would be a welcome addition for anyone to enjoy. Warm.

Extra Hot version: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – 2.5/5 Stars – Hot. Using the same list of ingredients, Pinata kicks it up with their Extra Hot version. Hot.

Final Thoughts

Overall Rating: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – 5/5 Stars.

I would put Pinata Hot Sauce in the top 5% of pineapple based sauces, both hot and BBQ, that we’ve ever had.

This delicious sweet heat sauce scores points in flavor, quality, looks and taste. Outstanding.

pinata hot sauce at NYC expo

David & Renee Pardo working the crowds

You can order online at http://pinatahotsauce.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.

Hot Maple Smokey Habanero Sauce

Hot Maple Smokey Habanero sauce from Portland, Oregon uses Grade-A Dark Amber maple syrup, a special blend of spices, and locally sourced Habanero peppers to create its unique sweet-smokey flavor.

hot maple smokey habanero sauce

Hot Maple Smokey Habanero

Hot Maple Smokey Habanero creator Matthew Hilla has crafted a delicious, smokey-sweet hot sauce using maple syrup and habaneros.

Long time readers of HotSauceDaily know that I’ve never been a big fan of habanero sauces. Once upon a time, the habanero chile or sauce was my least favorite.

Then something like Hot Maple comes along, and turns me completely around.

Ingredients: yellow onion, diced tomatoes (tomatoes, tomato juice, salt, naturally derived citric acid and calcium chloride), water, apple cider vinegar, habanero (habanero peppers, salt, citric acid), garlic, pure maple syrup (US Grade A Dark Amber). Contains less than 2% spices and liquid smoke.

hot maple smokey habanero on pizza

On pizza – nice view of texture and thickness

Texture & Appearance: This is a fairly thick sauce that is mildly pulpy. It won’t run off your food – it keeps its consistency. It smells smokey, peppery, and sweet. Full-bodied.

Taste Straight Up: Definitely a habanero sauce – the habby flavor is classic and spot on. The smokiness is no doubt due to the liquid smoke, but it’s not overpowering at all. And the maple syrup adds a unique sweetness to the mix. Good balance of heat, sweetness, and smoke. Good for everyday use.

hot maple smokey habanero on tacos

Perfect on tacos

Heat Level: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – Mild. One of the mildest habanero sauces I’ve tried. It can light you up for a few seconds, then disappear behind the sweet maple syrup and smokiness. Pleasant.

Label/Graphics: The clear label wrap on the bottle really shows off the sauce. The logo and graphics are simple and classy – love the design.

hot maple clear label closeup

Not a fan of clear lables

But I’m not a fan of that clear style label. Usually, and quite so in this case, the graphics just don’t stand out or pop enough for me. Hot Maple’s color scheme almost matches the sauce, only adding to the lack of contrast. Those graphics really need some brighter colors on a clear label.

classy tops on bottles

Bonus points for the awesome metal cap on the bottle!

It’s wider than most 5oz. bottles, with a nice metal ‘zip strip’ and when the bottle is empty, punch a hole in that cap and use it for a salt and pepper shaker. ~ creator Matt Hilla

Final Thoughts

I loved Hot Maple Smokey Habanero on my tacos. It gave me everything I like about a taco sauce – sweetness, heat, and a thick texture.

On pizza, again another winning combo. As you can see from some of the pics, I really went through most of the bottle working on this review.

Overall Rating: Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars – 4.5/5 stars – A perfect example of flavor over heat in a habanero sauce. Highly recommended!

Available in single bottles, a three-pack and even 1/2 gallon jugs at HotMaple.com

 

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

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.

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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 www.abamerican.com 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 GunthersGourmet.com 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.

Texas Pete’s new Sriracha sauce – CHA!

Big, bold and savory – Texas Pete enters the Sriracha sauce niche with their new CHA! Sriracha hot chile sauce.

texas pete cha sriracha sauce

Texas Pete’s CHA! Sriracha Sauce

We cracked open this company provided sample not quite knowing what to expect. Texas Pete and Sriracha? Yup! It works! It turns out Texas Pete indeed developed an authentic tasting Sriracha style chile sauce using fresh red chiles.

New CHA! by Texas Pete® Sriracha sauce offers a bold, balanced flavor that you will love. With fewer preservatives than other Sriracha sauces, CHA! by Texas Pete® offers extraordinary flavor, color and consistency at a more affordable price.

I have to agree with that statement on every count. It is bright red in color, consistency is rich and medium-bodied, and the flavor is sweet, garlicky and bold with a nice heat level.

Ingredients: made of chile, sugar, garlic, salt, vinegar, potassium sorbate (to preserve freshness and flavor)

texas pete cha sriracha closeup

Texture & Appearance: Slightly pulpy in a medium thick sauce that’s bright red in color. Classic.

Taste Straight Up: True to form for a Sriracha style sauce, bright tasting fresh chiles are up front with a big garlic hit followed by sweetness. Well-balanced.

cha sriracha on eggs

Texas Pete CHA! Sriracha on eggs. A classic use.

Heat Level: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – A nice tame level of heat here. This does not detract from the overall enjoyment of this sauce. As a matter of fact, we feel it’s a more approachable Sriracha sauce for many. Kudos to Texas Pete for creating a Sriracha sauce that should do well in the mainstream. Spicy.

texas pete cha sriracha bottle

Big bottle, great packaging.

Label/Graphics: Packaged in a large 18 ounce clear plastic squeeze bottle, the label is a clear, 2 color white and yellow design with clean graphics and fonts. CHA! is clearly the name of this sauce. Bonus points for the awesome “flip top” pointed cap. A very nice touch! Classy.

texas pete cha sriracha bottle top

The flip top is a winner.

Final Thoughts

This is a great example of a Sriracha style sauce that you can share with family and friends that have never experienced the garlic, fresh chiles and heat that is Sriracha.

texas pete cha sriracha on pizza

Great on pizza!

Overall Rating: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Perfect for everyday use and a great “beginner” Sriracha sauce. Flavorful enough for the experienced Sriracha user, and accessible to everyone at your local grocer. Versatile.

Where to buy: Currently shipping to Lowe’s Foods, Food Lion, and Harris Teeter; Publix stores and more to come.

About Texas Pete

T.W. Garner Food Company, sole owner of Texas Pete┬« and its products, are now in their 80th year of business. Visit http://www.texaspete.com/ for all of their products and where you’ll find a Store Locator feature.

And check out The Legend of Texas Pete for a bit of history. A good read.

Social Media: Like Texas Pete on Facebook and follow them on Twitter as https://twitter.com/TexasPete

We would love to hear your thoughts about Texas Pete’s CHA! Sriracha or our review in the Comments below!

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

Sriracha Shortage? What Shortage?

Now is a great time to discover the many other Sriracha style hot sauces that are available. With the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha being mandated to halt shipments until sometime in January, lovers of that venerable Rooster Sauce have plenty of other options to get their fix.

sriracha shortage alternatives

Sriracha shortage? We don’t need no steenkin’ shortage!

Here are just a few of the many craft made sriracha sauces available on the ‘net, as well as a few store brands that are all good alternative choices. Sriracha apocalypse? Don’t believe us? Check out #srirachapocalypse on Twitter!

Blazing Dragon Hot Sauce – Organic Ghost Pepper Sriracha

Blazing Dragon Ghost Sriracha

Blazing Dragon Ghost Sriracha

Carter Lee of Blazing Dragon is crafting some blazing hot sauces out of his California kitchen. Thin and hot, this one features Ghost Peppers in the Sriracha mix. You’ll have to contact Carter by email to order some.

[email protected]

jojo’s sriracha

jojo's sriracha small batch

jojo’s sriracha small batch

Featured in Griffin Hammond’s new Sriracha Documentary, jojo’s is “one of a kind – a small batch” sauce crafted to be unique. jojo’s is based in Brooklyn, NY. Her site is loveofjojo.com.

Purchase jojo’s Sriracha from Etsy here.

Sriracha Panich

Sriracha Panich

Sriracha Panich

Another authentic Thai sriracha sauce, Sriracha Panich (pronounced “pan ‘need“) – again featured in Hammond’s documentary.

Purchase from ImportFood.com

Dark Star Sriracha

Dark Star Sriracha

Dark Star Sriracha

Dark Star Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce is available on Amazon.com. They also make an Extreme Heat version for you over-the-top chileheads!

Buy Dark Star from Amazon.com

Voodoo Chile Sriracha

Voodoo Chile Si Racha Sauce

Voodoo Chile Si Racha Sauce

Si’Racha Sauce from Voodoo Chile in a plastic squeeze bottle.

http://www.voodoochilesauces.com/wp/products/siracha/

Apinya Thai Chili Sauce

Apinya Thai Chili Sauce

Apinya Thai Chili Sauce

Adam and Apinya Ross from the Northern Virgina area are crafting some delicious Thai sauces. In addition to the Chili Sauce, they offer Thai Basil Aji, Coconut Harissa, and Pumpkin Panang sauces.

http://apinya.co/

Race City Sauce Works Cirque des Sept Enfers Seven Pepper Sriracha

Race City Sauce Works 7 Pepper Sriracha

Race City Sauce Works 7 Pepper Sriracha

I don’t really know what that means, but everything from Race City Sauce Works is stellar! We’ve not cracked open our bottle of Seven Pepper Sriracha yet, but I guarantee it’ll be a great sauce.

http://www.racecitysauceworks.com

Store Brands of Sriracha

Readily available in almost all grocery stores are the following:

Kikkoman Sriracha

Famous for their soy sauces, Kikkoman makes a sriracha sauce that has some fans.
I’m not one of them.

HT Traders – Harris Teeter

A household favorite here at HotSauceDaily, we reviewed this HT Traders and Kikkoman’s here.

For you die-hard Sriracha fans, don’t miss our popular Sriracha Garlic Wings recipe too.

Is there a Sriracha sauce that you just love and we’ve left out? Please tell us in the Comments below!

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