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:

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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/

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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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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. 🙂
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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!

Piñata 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!

Piñata 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Visit LuckyDogHotSauce.com to shop and purchase all of Lucky Dog’s hot sauces.

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Ed’s Roadhouse “Hott” Dam Good Pineapple Habanero

Hott Dam Good Pineapple Habanero sauce is from Ed’s Roadhouse Jerky. They not only have over 30+ flavors of jerky but they make a handful of rubs, hot sauces and a Hickory BBQ Sauce.

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Ed’s Roadhouse Hott Dam Good Pineapple Habanero Sauce

We last visited Ed’s Roadhouse for his Sriracha Wasabi Jerky. An amazing jerky that is the best we’ve ever had! Bar none. This time, it’s one of their 4 hot sauces we’re looking at – Ed’s Roadhouse “Hott” Dam Good Pineapple Habanero Sauce.

Ed’s Roadhouse describes Hott Dam Good Pineapple Habanero sauce as having a “Lightly sweet pineapple flavor with a habanero tang.” That’s putting it mildly. This sauce has a big kick! The habanero burn is predominant. The sweet pineapple is secondary.

Ingredients: habanero peppers, pineapple, sugar, salt, garlic, vinegar, xanthan gum, natural spices.

ed's roadhouse pineapple habanero hot sauce texture

Great color and consistency

Texture and appearance: A beautiful bright colored sauce, the thick sauce and tiny chunks of pulp will please the eyes.

Taste: Wow. Bang. Hot. The habanero heat is way up front, with the sweet pineapple and sugars coming in a close second or third place. This is truly a habanero lovers sauce. No wonder they call it “Hott Dam Good”!

Overall impression: Personally, I prefer the sweet pineapple taste up front. Hott Dam Good Pineapple Habanero is all about the habanero pepper taste first, then the sweet kicks in.

True fans of the habanero pepper will enjoy the fresh taste that is first and foremost in this sauce. High quality ingredients and freshness bring this sauce to a level that is worthy of any chilehead’s pantry or as a gift for the person that just loves habanero sauces.

Ed's Roadhouse Pineapple Habanero on pizza

This sauce is made for pizza and other munchies.

Flavor: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars 2/5 stars – Other than the sweet pineapple, there’s not much going on here except the bright hot sting of the habanero pepper.

Heat: Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars 3.5/5 stars – The burn is above average (2.5) but not over the top. If you know the classic fresh habanero burn, then this is it.

Ordering: Visit EdsRoadhouseJerky.com to order this sauce, along with the dozens of other products they make.

We hope to bring you more reviews of Ed’s Roadhouse products – both jerky and sauce. Stay tuned!

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

Are you a fan of the straight up habanero flavor or sauce? Let us know in the Comments below.

And a big thank you to Mary and Ed of Ed’s Roadhouse for the opportunity to review one of their hot sauces.

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