Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Pink Label – Review and Huge Christmas Giveaway

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce has released its sixth and newest hot sauce. The Pink Label is an Extra Hot Lightly Smoked Pepper Sauce. Featuring habanero, serrano, and ghost peppers, along with sweet pears and dates, this apple-wood smoked sauce is hot and hearty.

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Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Pink Label

Don’t let the soft “pink” name or color of label fool you… this pinkie packs a punch! The flavor and heat of the Pink Label places it second-to-hottest in the Lucky Dog lineup.

Huge Christmas Six Pack Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Lucky Dog’s sixth and newest sauce – Pink Label – we’re partnering with Lucky Dog to offer a huge Giveaway. You could win a six pack of all of Lucky Dog Hot Sauces! Read on for our exclusive Christmas Giveaway!

A respectably hot blend of Habanero, Serrano, and Ghost peppers. Bartlett pears & dates for natural sweetness with a subtle hint of apple-wood smoke.

Ingredients: distilled white vinegar, onions, pears, habanero peppers, garlic, carrot juice, serrano chili peppers, dates, carrots, water, ghost pepper infused sea salt, applewood smoked sea salt, lime juice concentrate

Our initial impressions

While not our usual thorough review on foods and flavors, the following are our first impressions of Lucky Dog Pink Label. After all, we want to get this Giveaway going!

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Texture & Appearance: Slightly pulpy, like a fine apple sauce grind, with a light burnt orange color. Medium thick, it has a nice body and texture. Impressive.


Taste Straight Up: “Sweet, vinegar, peppers, onion, garlic, heat.” – Marilyn’s initial taste. We get the sweet first up. There’s a sharp burn from the habaneros, complemented by the Ghost peppers. I’m not sure what role the serrano peppers play… they probably add some fresh green taste to the habs… but the sweet heat of the Ghost pepper is the real supporting chile here.

The sweetness from the pears and dates are also a big part of the overall flavor profile. A big winner here is the very light applewood smoke from the smoked salt. Sweet and complex.


Heat Level: Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars 3.5/5 – Very flavorful heat for a sauce that is the 2nd hottest in a line of six sauces. Not near the top at 4 stars, we backed this off to 3.5 stars due to the short lived classic habanero heat. If you like a medium-hot sauce, you’ll appreciate a bump up to the next level of this habanero sauce.

The heat comes in slowly, building up with flavor and filling your mouth with a nice sharp bite. The burn lasts for just bit before fading – leaving you with a light smoky flavor. Hot.

Final Thoughts

Overall Rating: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars 4/5 – Complex and delicious, lightly smoked and quite hot – another winner from Lucky Dog Hot Sauce!

Using smoked salt instead of “liquid smoke flavor”, creator Scott Zalkind found he has more control over the level of smoke in his sauces. Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Pink Label Extra Hot Lightly Smoked Pepper Sauce may just be his best sauce yet! Or (in my opinion) it’s a big “tie” with the Black Label for best of the line, on the hot end.

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  1. Christopher Sorel says:

    getting to spend a whole week with my kids and sledding along with some pond hockey!!

  2. My husband and teens are hot sauce fanatics! Would love to win for them!

  3. Ha – now I see entry comment is about holiday traditions. So sorry for the duplicate comment! My favorite holiday tradition is Chinese takeout and a movie on Christmas!

  4. steve chambers says:

    hey guys would love to win this one you know im a huge fan of lucky dog and have yet been able to try the pink purple or even the black labels. anyways great review as always cant wait to see you again at the next show!!

  5. Dean Sweet says:

    Woohoo!!! A complete six pack would be awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I promise to share!
    Happy Holidays!

  6. Casey Scheld says:

    A coworker got me hooked on Lucky Dog — glad to see it doing so well! I usually pick mine up at Heat in Berekley.

  7. Thanks for another great review guys, and also for hosting the give-a-way!

    The serranos do indeed lend a little of the flavor profile, but it’s subtle. I’d initially made the prototype as a habanero/ghost sauce, but I found the citrus notes of the habs to be a little overpowering. So in a way the serrano peppers contribute to the overall flavor more by tempering the habs than with their own flavor, if that makes sense? Regardless I really loved the way it tasted with the serrano peppers much moreso than without, so I went with.

    One note about the sweetness – this is actually a 0 cane sugar sauce! All of the sweetness comes from Bartlett pears, dates, carrots and carrot juice. 100% natually sweetened and Paleo-friendly!

    Good luck to everyone in the contest and happy holidays to all!


    • Thank you for that great “behind the scenes” info, Scott. Excellent information for our readers as well as fans of your sauces.

  8. Brandon Scheppmann says:

    My favorite tradition is getting to spend time with family from across the country and sending them home with some fresh peppers from my garden and some sauces (A lot of them are chili heads, but they aren’t used to the kind of heat I send them home with!)

  9. Traditionally we all go to grandmas house and there we enjoy food that makes us happy, not necessarily the usual. I am the only spice junkie so I need these sauces just to get through the holiday season!

    Thanks and great job Lucky Dog and HSD!

  10. Jack Browning says:

    I don’t have any real Holiday traditions. Best thing about Christmas time has been watching our son open presents. He tends to want to play with everything he gets for a while before opening the next gift. It’s hilarious but extremely time consuming.

    • I remember those days Jack! Both as a Dad… and wayyyy back when I was the “older brother”. Sheesh, kid, let’s open more presents already!

  11. Christmas is all about hot sauce for me. I love giving sauce to friends, and friends always give me new sauces I haven’t tried before.

  12. Mario Marquez says:

    Excellent Sauces!!! Highly Recommended!!!

  13. Opening the presents with the kids of course!

  14. Colleen says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas breakfast which is primarily ice cream and cinnamon rolls. Hot sauce on cinnamon rolls is pretty good – FYI.

    • Wow! Have you a favorite hot sauce for the cinnamon rolls? (I won’t tell Scott!)

      I’ve never heard of this.

      • Colleen says:

        I found out one morning while having eggs w/ hot sauce and a cinnamon roll.
        As far as hot sauces with a cinnamon roll got the Lucky Dog’s black label is great. Sirachia is nice depending on the style of bun.

  15. eggnog

  16. Great review and contest for a great brand. Kudos.

    Favorite Xmas day tradition: Driving. No one’s on the road so it’s absolutely wonderful.

    Happy holidays!

  17. Our favorite tradition is playing white elephant on Christmas Eve! We grab several crappy gifts and 1-2 good ones to make things interesting. Always lots of laughs!

  18. Excellent review! Scott, your sauces are just awesome!!!

  19. Make the rounds to all the relatives, exchange gifts, eat WAY too much, and must watch A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation!!!

  20. Michael Gooch says:

    All I want for Christmas are my two teeth… And some Lucky Dog Hot Sauce please!

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