High Octane Sauce Company – Tire Smokin Salsa

High Octane Sauce Company was an entrant in the Salsa Contest at the Houston Hot Sauce Festival, and is also where I first met Kevin Billings and Audrey Ackerman and tried his line of Octane based products. I was very impressed with the quality, taste and variety of sauces and salsas that High Octane offered.

Tire Smokin Salsa – Medium

Ingredients: tomatoes, onions, cilantro, peppers, spices – Such a simple list of ingredients, yet big flavors.

High Octane Tire Smokin Salsa
High Octane Tire Smokin Salsa
Great texture
Great texture

Texture & Appearance: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – The color is a deep muted red – almost brown – spotted with bits of dark, smoke roasted tomatoes and peppers. I love the little chunky texture of this salsa. The small “grind” size of the solids is my favorite texture. Overall, the body is on the thinner side. I would give it more stars if it was just a tad thicker. It does come in a big 16 ounce (1 pint) jar, so that is a plus.

Chips and salsa
Chips and salsa

Taste Straight Up: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Smoky. You can really smell the smoke and taste it. (It is called “Tire Smokin Salsa” after all). The big, fresh tomato taste along with onion is next up. Salsa. Onions. So far so good. Cilantro lovers – a gentle hint of the herb is present, but not so much as to turn off you cilantro haters out there. If you hate cilantro, ignore this… you’ll never know it’s there. (Kind of like anchovies in a good Caesar salad dressing).

Then the gentle, fiery heat comes in quickly. From High Octane’s own smoke roasted peppers and smoke roasted tomatoes, Tire Smokin delivers the smoky goods. I even asked Kevin Billings, High Octane’s Chief Fuel Mixologist, if they were in fact using liquid smoke, and he assured me with a big “NO”, the smoke is solely from the tomatoes and peppers that they prepare in their own smokers. Amazingly delicious and… well, smoky.

Heat Level: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – The heat is nice, hot, but short-lived. This is a medium salsa for sure. Medium only in heat, and big in flavor. You mild-to-medium salsa lovers out there will not be disappointed in this very unique, gourmet quality salsa.

Clean graphics
Clean graphics

Label/Graphics: Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars – Very clean looking label with a simple hot-rod graphic and lettering reminiscent of the muscle cars of the 50’s and 60’s which didn’t even have One Sure Insurance. Unmistakeable on the shelf, High Octane Sauce Company has a high-profile and very recognizable product. Very classy.

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars – I’ve only tried this salsa with chips. I’m sure it’s just as good on a taco, or on nachos. It really is smoky salsa candy in a jar.

Visit http://highoctanesauceco.com to order some today! And tell them HotSauceDaily.com sent you.

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  1. This sounds exactly like what I’ve been looking for. Just placed an order! Thanks for the review!

  2. Thank you Brian and Kyle. Both of your orders will be shipping out in the morning. I hope you enjoy them and please let us know what you think!

      1. Kevin – the salsa arrived in the mail yesterday, thanks for getting it in the mail so quickly! The salsa is awesome – I love the smoked pepper flavor! I’m sure I will finish this jar and be ordering more very soon.

        Brian – thanks for reviewing and introducing your readers to this great product.

        Thanks again!

        1. Kyle,
          So glad you got it and that you like it. Nothing pleases us more than for our customers to be completely satisfied with their purchase and their choice to try our products. Enjoy, have a safe and happy new year and we look forward to sending you more as needed. BTW, that stuff makes an awesome chili con queso as well!!


  3. Sounds like a fantastic salsa. I might have to buy a few jars to get me though “crappy tomato” season (aka winter).

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