Mikey V’s Smoked Bacon Salsa

A huge hit at the latest NYC Hot Sauce Expo, Mikey V’s Smoked Bacon Salsa was a sell-out. But I managed to get a couple of jars just before they ran out.

mikey v's bacon salsa

Mikey V’s new Smoked Bacon Salsa features Rentsch Brewery’s Weizenbock Beer

Ingredients: Tomatoes, Beer, Onions, Jalapeño peppers, Lime juice, Fresh garlic, Cilantro, Spices, Natural bacon flavoring, Pure cane sugar, Kosher salt, Black pepper, Spices, Cumin.

If you look at those ingredients – that’s pretty much how the flavors come out.

This delicious salsa has a distinct yet mild beer flavor coupled with fresh tasting onions and garlic. Jalapeños bring on the little heat that it offers.

The smoked bacon flavor comes from a natural bacon flavoring ingredient. I appreciate this, as I wouldn’t want pieces of cooked bacon in my salsa. I’m ok with the flavor of it though, and I like a little natural smoke flavor if it’s in small doses.

The pure cane sugar adds a nice sweetness to the overall flavor – I do like a sweet base in my salsas and sauces.

This is one of those “WOW” salsas that everyone will love! I couldn’t stop eating it as I write this review!

Texture & Appearance: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Chunky. Lots of tomato, onion, garlic and jalapeño pieces.

mikey v's salsa closeup texture

Heat Level: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – Nice mild tingle. Just enough heat for everyone.

Where to buy: Visit Mikey V’s Foods at http://www.mikeyvsfoods.com/

Mikey V’s is also available to you lucky Texan’s all over the Austin and San Antonio areas.

They are also available at stores across the country. For the full list visit: http://www.mikeyvsfoods.com/about

About: Based in Georgetown, Texas, Mikey V’s Foods is an award winning, Veteran owned, Texas based food company aimed at offering high quality, hot sauces, salsas, spicy pickles and jerky, using only the freshest all-natural ingredients with no artificial preservatives. We view ourselves as partners with our clients, and our community.

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.

KYVAN Honey Apple Salsa

KYVAN Honey Apple Salsa

KYVAN Foods’ Reggie Kelly brings his soul food Mississippi roots to salsas, sauces and other condiments via his KYVAN label.

Among the many offerings of sauces and condiments from KYVAN, we’re looking at their two salsas today.

kyvan apple salsa mild hot

We love salsa, and the more unique the flavor the more interesting the salsa.

KYVAN’s Honey Apple Salsas fall into this area. Take salsa, add honey (+1), add apple (+1) add fresh peppers and you have a very unique salsa flavor profile. And in this case, it’s a very edible and delicious dip. Good on eggs, steaks, and just about anything you’d put a sweet salsa on to get some zing.

Think sweet pepper relish as a salsa base. It’s that sweet and peppery.

KYVAN Honey Apple Salsa – Mild

The “Mild” version of KYVAN Honey Apple Salsa is very sweet with little heat.

Ingredients: diced tomatoes (tomatoes, tomato juice, salt, citric acid, calcium chloride), vinegar, red bell peppers, sugar, green bell peppers, honey, dried apples, garlic, salt, onion, starch, spices, cilantro

kyvan apple salsa samples

Texture & Appearance: Very chunky and bright red in color. It’s bell peppers in a sweet sticky sauce. familiar.

Taste Straight Up: Slightly spicy, sweet peppers with garlic. The honey and apple tastes bring the sweet, while the bell peppers bring the heat (mild as it is). This tastes very much like a sweet pepper relish kicked up to salsa levels. delicious.

Heat Level: ½☆☆☆☆ Mild, mild, mild. And that’s a good thing here. It never tries to be anything else. a super sweet salsa.

Final Thoughts

This is a sweet honey and apple based pepper relish that is in a jar of salsa. And it works! A refreshing change of pace from other traditional salsas.

As you will see below, the “Hot” version is slightly different in ingredients and satisfaction.

KYVAN Honey Apple Salsa – Hot

The “Hot” version of Honey Apple Salsa has the exact same ingredients, save for the added “natural flavors” added near the end. These “natural flavors” are what bring on the heat of the “Hot” version.

Heat Level: ★★☆☆☆ The heat level here stings! Not exactly a cry-baby heat level, but it’s got some bite. sweet with a sting

kyvan apple salsa on chips

It’s hard to tell from the pic, but the mild (on left) is much brighter in both color and flavor. The hot version is darker in color and taste.

Quite a jump in heat level without disclosing exactly what the ingredient is. What exactly are “natural flavors”?

I suspect dried chile peppers or dried extracts. Either way, I think you’ll like the “Mild” version and the “Hot” version as well.

About KYVAN82

KYVAN82 Foods is found at http://kyvan82.com/

Cooking is a way of life in the South and nobody knows that better than NFL Pro Reggie Kelly, owner of KYVAN™ Soul Food Selections. Reggie grew up in Aberdeen, MS and played football at Mississippi State University. He also excelled at the Pro level by playing 13 years in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Atlanta Falcons.

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

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