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.

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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:
Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on Facebook
Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on Twitter
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 http://luckydoghotsauce.com.

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 DragonsBloodElixir.com 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!

http://dragonsbloodelixir.com

Fire Ant Juice
Gourmet Hot Sauce


Fire Ant Juice from Tropical Island Gourmet Company http://www.fireantjuice.com is offering a free bottle of Hobo Howey’s Jalapeno Treats with any order until the end of August 2010. Read on to find out how you can get yours!

This sauce rocks! I think the name “Fire Ant Juice” is funny, and the graphics on the label are a hoot. I know “fire ants” are a species, but Fire Ant Juice reminds me of when I was a kid and there were ants, and I had a magnifying glass…. oops! Sorry PETA, I digress.

This sauce has a lot of body and doesn’t run when you pour it out. It’s slightly chunky with bits of jalapenos, onions, and garlic. Very fine bits. And it holds its shape even after 20 mins on the plate.

Marilyn and I tried this sauce first on a spoon, then on tortilla chips, then on tacos.

When we poured some onto a spoon, it was hot. HOT. But after a few sips, the initial heat went away and we were able to discern its qualities better.

We then tried it on some chips to get the flavor:

Marilyn: I tasted the cayenne first, with a big hit of the roasted garlic. The mango smoothed it out a little for me, making it a very savory taste with a nice bite of heat.
Brian: I like the habanero profile – very unique with the mango. Hot, sweet, and very spicy – the garlic and salt really rounded it all out for me – and I love the roasted garlic in it.

Fire Ant Juice has plenty of heat with great flavor – on a scale of 1 – 10, we’d put it at an 8. But the flavor is what won us over.

Then we poured a lot onto some tacos made with our own taco seasoning.

Fire Ant Juice Gourmet Hot Sauce Ingredients:
cayenne peppers, jalapeno peppers, habanero peppers, onions, vinegar, mango juice, tomatoes, roasted garlic, salt

As you can see from the simple list of ingredients, there are no added sugars, no “parentheses” listing preservatives or the popular “xanthan gum” etc, … in other words it’s a straight-up gourmet hot sauce done right.
Fire Ant Juice Gourmet Hot Sauce is a keeper that we will have on hand at all times. We think you’ll love it as much as we do.

To get a free bottle of Hobo Howey’s Jalapeno Treats, just place an order with FireAntJuice.com and in the comments section of your order, enter “Hot Sauce Daily” or “Hot Sauce Weekly” – owner Wayne Howey will take care of you!
Offer good thru the end of August 2010.

And be sure and check out Wayne’s newest creation, Fire Ant Bite Jalapeno Sauce and his other products!

Update: Brian had the pleasure of interviewing Chef Wayne for the HotSauceWeekly.com Podcast. Check it out here: http://hotsauceweekly.com/hsw-024-fire-ant-juice/

Ordering: Click on this link to get you some of this awesome sauce!

Louisiana Gold Pepper Sauce – Hot Sauce Review

New Premium Hot Sauces from Louisiana Brand

We all know the familiar bottle with the Red Dot saying “One Drop Does It”® on the Original Louisiana Brand Hot Sauce – your basic cayenne pepper, vinegar and salt hot sauce.
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They’ve recently launched a line of premium sauces called “Louisiana Gold“. And the big news is they’ve blended their peppers with Tabasco peppers and “spirit vinegar” to create a bold new taste. The term ‘spirit vinegar’ is sometimes reserved for the stronger variety (5% to 20% acetic acid) made from sugar cane or from chemically produced acetic acid – source: Wikipedia There is a sweetness in the Red Pepper Sauce that I feel makes it much better than the original.

I ordered the 4 pack gift set

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This set consists of the Red Pepper Sauce, and a Green Pepper sauce both blended with Tabasco peppers, as well as their new Wasabi Pepper Sauce and their Horseradish Pepper Sauce. More on those flavors in another post. But this 4 pack comes in a beautiful, award-winning box. I went straight for the Red Pepper Sauce first.

I’ve never been a big fan of Louisiana style sauces. To me they all taste about the same – salty with mild heat. But this new Gold Pepper Sauce is so much richer tasting that I’ve become a fan of it after the first taste. It’s still a bit salty, and the heat level is slightly higher (than Original) with the addition of the Tabasco peppers, but there’s a hint of sweetness to it. Probably from the spirit vinegar.

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We made some hot wings using the Louisiana Gold Red Pepper Sauce with a little butter, and they turned out very tasty!
While I can’t honestly say this would be my go-to-everyday hot sauce… I will use it whenever I want an authentic Louisiana-style sauce. I can’t wait to crack open the other 3 bottles and tell you all about them as well.

Review of Chok’On Dis Blaz’n Glaze

Chok’On Dis Blaz’n Glaze

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Chok'on Dis Blaz'n Glaze

Chok’On Dis Blaz’n Glaze sauce from Bisummo.com is another creation from Todd “King of Sting” Ross from Orlando, Florida. His Blaz’n Glaze is sold and marketed as a marinade or finishing sauce. Next time we cook with this sauce, we’ll go the whole marinading route.
But for now, we simply brushed some on chicken wings and grilled ’em up for the bbq effect.

Ingredients:peaches, brown sugar, water, vinegar, molasses, habanero mash (habanero peppers, vinegar, salt), salt, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, ginger, coriander, allspice, xanthan gum.

Label & Packaging:
There is a line drawing graphic of a screaming face. But the colors are… well, black and white. A bit too plain for me. I think it’s time Bisummo upgraded the label for what is a very good sauce. It gets a “2 peppers” for design.
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Redrum Announces New “Inner Bhutty Sauce”

Redrum.com has a new Bhut Jolokia based sauce

With the introduction of the new Bhut Jolokia pepper, Redrumhotsauce.com has just announced their newest sauce, the Inner Bhutty Island Sauce. There’s a great story behind it, so be sure to check it out.
Here’s a peek at the new label:
Inner Bhutty

Inner Bhutty is made by Ed Rome, and since he and his company Redrumhotsauce.com is a small batch manufacturer, you’ll want to get your hands on this stuff before it sells out.
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Hooters Are the Best Wings in the Universe

Is There a Better Hot Wing Than Hooters’ ?

We love to make our own hot wings and our current favorite is our own Sriracha Garlic Wings. You’ve got to check them out. But…

When it comes to carry-out, Hooters makes us happy!

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The breading on the wings and the way it absorbs the sauce – the size of the wings themselves… there’s nothing better.
Some people order them “naked” which means without breading and get the sauce is on the side. My Mom would do that. But why?

My wife Marilyn likes the “Hot” style, with a side of “Three Mile”… she’s coming around.

The breading is the magic that is Hooters’ hot wings. It’s what makes them the best in the universe. And, in my opinion, the “Three-Mile Island” sauce is their best!
Yea, they have “911” – their hottest sauce, but it’s all heat and no flavor.
Next down is the “Three Mile Island” sauce – very hot, but with a great flavor. Like a medium level extract-style sauce.
Then there’s the “hot”, “medium” and “mild” flavors – but if you’re reading this blog, you’re not going lower than “hot” anyway.
They also offer “spicy garlic”, “parmesan garlic” and “samurai”, and some local franchise’s have BBQ wings, but now we’re getting out of the “hot wing” arena.

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Typically hot wings come with celery and blue cheese (or ranch) dressing. I am disappointed that Hooters charges extra for celery and blue cheese (a plastic cup of a commercial product), but when we bring them home, we make our own blue cheese anyway. See recipe link below.

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Before you order your wings from Hooters, cut up your own celery sticks and make our easy blue cheese dressing. (You can even do this the night before.) Then when you get your order home, the sauce will be soaked into the breading, and you’ll have the best carry-out wings in the universe!

Review of TexasFood
Marketplace for
Texas Made Foods

A Marketplace for Texas made foods

TexasFood.com is a marketplace for Texas made foods. Browse hundreds of authentic Texas-made sauces, salsa, spices, rubs, appetizers and much, much, more.

Jason Russo, owner of TexasFood.com sent me a nice package of 3 sauces to review. This included a Texas style BBQ sauce named SuckleBusters Original BBQ Sauce, The Taste of Texas Javelina Red Sauce, and Cin Chili & Company’s Hell’s Passion Hot Sauce.

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I’ve opened the Javelina Red Sauce, and it’s a hot one! Packed with red peppers, peaches, garlic and habaneros, it has quite a bite to it! A full review is coming. In the meantime, you can buy Javelina Red Sauce here.

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As for the Sucklebusters BBQ sauce, the label says Sweet, Tangy and Spicy. We’ll try this one on chicken breasts from the grill, just to see what all the talk is about regarding Texas-style BBQ sauce. You can buy it here.

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Finally, Hell’s Passion from Cin Chili & Co has a mysterious list of ingredients such as: Various peppers, Vinegar, Spices, Habanero, Salt, Sugar and Dehydrated onion & garlic. Buy Hell’s Passion here.

Reviews of these 3 Texas products will be posted soon

My reviews of these sauces will be posted soon, but I wanted to give props to Jason and TexasFood.com for such a nice package. Jason included a personal letter introducing each product, a few business cards and a flyer depicting some of the many products (I counted about 60+ in the flyer alone) that you will find on TexasFood.com. In reality, they have hundreds of products!

You can also follow @TexasFood on Twitter.