Lucky Dog Black Label Extra Hot Fire Roasted Pepper Sauce

The newest product from Lucky Dog Hot Sauce is the Black Label Extra Hot Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce. The fourth sauce in the Lucky Dog stable, the Extra Hot features Trinidad Scorpion and Jalapeño peppers along with apples, figs and garlic. Sounds diverse, right? Let’s see if the “Extra Hot” in it really is.


Scott Zalkind has recently added his Black Label Extra Hot Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce to his line-up of Green Label, Red Label and Orange Label sauces. That original trio of Lucky Dog sauces pack some big flavors and big heat. We reviewed them here.

Lucky Dog Black Label Extra Hot Fire Roasted Pepper Sauce

Ingredients: onions, apple cider vinegar, water, organic apple sauce, jalapeño peppers, garlic, dried figs, sugar, scorpion peppers, sea salt, ghost pepper sea salt, lime juice concentrate.

I think the Black Label has upped the game here many fold. More flavor and more heat while striking a great balance between the two.

Nice medium blend here. Very palatable. See that bronze color?

Nice medium blend here. Very palatable. See that bronze color?

Texture & Appearance: A nice medium consistency – tiny chunks of chile goodness – color is a bronze mash that is easily pourable. The sauce really stands out on food. On the tongue, this sauce blossoms and gets “thick” tasting.

Taste Straight Up: Thick, pungent and hot. The fruity flavor of the Scorpion chile pepper really shines here. Garlic is the next flavor that brings on a nice familiar taste.

Note: Tasting straight up is NOT always the best way to judge a hot sauce. Forget all those YouTube videos of guys slamming down spoonfuls of hot sauces. While tasting straight up is important to an overall review, it’s not the be-all-end-all taste test. You must sample sauces on chips, food, toast points, etc., to get the full experience.

I mention this here, as the Lucky Dog Black Label, like many sauces, tastes one way out of the bottle, but completely different when poured onto food.

Heat Level: Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars – 3.5 out of 5. It’s hot, but not a hurt you kind. I think back to our review of Lucky Dog’s Orange Label, and this is much more of a pleasant heat. While quite potent, this burn does not stay with you long. Very enjoyable and exciting, yet short lived.

Foil labels are shiny.

Foil labels are shiny.

Label/Graphics: Continuing with the same “foil label” format and theme of the Dog (Lucky) in a Horseshoe – the Black Label is similar to the Green, Red and Orange labels. There’s no doubt that all of the sauces are from the same manufacturer.

Great on pizza! I could not get enough of this.

Great on pizza! I could not get enough of this.

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Superb flavor and heat, Lucky Dog has matured and nailed a great blend of super hot chiles with super flavor. Simply spicy and delicious on pizza, this sauce would please any fan of the superhots, while being accessible to everyone that loves hot sauce.

Lucky Dog Black Label is our favorite of the entire line of Lucky Dog sauces!

About Lucky Dog:

Turned around from hobby to business in 2012, Scott Zalkind and Lucky Dog Hot Sauce have a mission “to produce the most balanced, flavorful and versatile hot sauces possible…”

I believe in flavor above all else, which is why Lucky Dog Hot Sauce is created with savory fire-roasted hot peppers, sweet carrots, tangy vinegar, fresh onions, assorted dried peppers, and heaps of roasted garlic. It brings a complex taste with respectable heat. Lucky Dog Hot Sauce is truly Food’s Best Friend!
~Scott Zalkind

Social Media:
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Creator Scott Zalkind on Google+

Where to Buy:

Lucky Dog Hot Sauces can be found at over 30+ stores in the Greater San Francisco Bay area with more stores coming soon.

You can also order online at

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

Dragons Blood Elixir Hot Sauce Review

Dragon’s Blood Elixir Hot Sauce was the first sauce from Chef Doug Crane of and it has become a staple on our pantry shelf.

Label: We love the old school “snake oil salesman” style of the label. It evokes the “Cure’s What Ails You” Wild West style labels.
The label even says “Guaranteed to Cure Bland Foods” and “Good For What Ails You”!

Chef Doug explains:

I found a rubber stamp of a fire breathing dragon at a tag sale, and the Dragon’s Blood Elixir name [and label] was coined.

Taste: out of the bottle, it is sweet, thanks to the apple ingredients, and then the slight heat of the peppers will fill your mouth and coat your lips. Don’t be alarmed reading this – Dragon’s Blood Elixir is NOT a very hot sauce. It is tangy, zingy (that’s a word, right?), and has a nice low level heat to it.

We love the sweetness of it, coupled with the mild heat of the peppers. If you could take your favorite Salsa, and bottle it with your favorite peppers, and make it pourable, you would come up with something like this sauce. Chef Doug has nailed that combination here in the Dragon’s Blood Elixir sauce.

Consistency: This sauce is just shy of being thin, with bits of peppers and seasonings. It’s delicious and goes fast, so order 2 or more!

Here, I’ve poured a dollop or two on pizza – awesome! My go-to on pizza has been Tabasco, or Frank’s, but there’s a new kid in town for us. We love this sauce.

All Natural Ingredients: Fire Roasted Salsa (tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, garlic, salt, citric acid), Apple Cider, Apple Cider Vinegar, Apple Puree, Red Savina and other Habanero Peppers, Balsamic Vinegar and Sea Salt

Overall Score: 4 out of 5

Chef Doug Crane at Peppers At the Beach

As I said in the beginning, Dragon’s Blood Elixir was the first sauce from Chef Doug – and he now has four more sauces on the market:

  • 5 oz Unique Destiny Chipotle
  • 5 oz Unique Destiny Jolokia Sauce – reviewed on our HotSauceWeekly podcast
  • 5 oz Unique Destiny Caribbean Mustard Sauce
  • 10 oz Condiment from Hell

Do yourself a favor and order a few bottles of the Dragon’s Blood Elixir, as well as one of each of the other sauces. Currently Chef Doug is offering a flat rate shipping of $7.95 on ALL orders. So go get ’em!

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