Lucky Dog’s new Dia del Perro hot sauce

Dia del Perro, or “Day of the Dog” is a new salsa verde style hot sauce from the award-winning Lucky Dog Hot Sauce kitchen.

This is no ordinary salsa verde (green sauce).
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Using serrano peppers, tomatillos, roasted garlic, and even chile tepin (bird’s eye), creator Scott Zalkind adds his own signature flavor by smoking his sea salt with alderwood and toasted onion, and infusing that with habanero peppers. The result is a complex and flavorful sauce.

Scott says this is his “tribute to the taqueria-style verde table sauces of California and Mexico”.

We think he nailed it.

Heat Level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars A mild-medium heat that everyone will love.

Overall Rating: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars Superb flavor! Best of the best!

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Dia del Perro salsa verde from Lucky Dog Hot Sauce

Ingredients: apple cider vinegar, organic apple sauce, serrano peppers, onions, roasted garlic, carrot juice, water, sea salt (alderwood smoked, toasted onion and habanero infused), dried tomatillos, carrots, lime juice concentrate, chile tepin.

Texture & Appearance: Very thick, and very pulpy, this olive green sauce takes some coaxing to get out of the bottle. Once you get things started, the sauce pours a little easier. The pulpy texture makes for a great “mouth feel”. Satisfying.

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Taste Straight Up: We smell the vinegar and “green” flavors up front, but surprisingly, the vinegar taste is not overbearing. Even the lime flavor is muted – a good thing for us, as we don’t care for verde sauces that have too much tang from the lime and/or vinegars.

And I already mentioned the pulp provides a nice mouth feel, which only adds to the taste experience.

Finally, I want to point out what we perceive as the classic Lucky Dog Hot Sauce signature flavor component – and that is the smoked sea salt. Infusing his sea salt with various woods and veggies and peppers is tantamount to sheer genius. And we don’t know of any other sauce maker that takes this step to round out their recipe or sauce in such a unique way.

We feel this step alone sets Lucky Dog Hot Sauces and specifically the new Dia del Perro sauce in a class all its own. Distinctive.

Heat Level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – The slight burn is a bit “sting-y” as Marilyn puts it – probably from the contribution the chile tepin peppers add at the very end of ingredients.

I disagree with the “sting-y” description. I find the overall heat level is simply “warm” – very middle of the road. Reliable.

Label/Graphics: With a unique departure from the usual look of his labels, Scott enlisted artist Robin Case for the “sugar skull” graphic that adorns this bottle. Familiar, as it’s still his beloved black lab Lucky as the model, yet artsy-fartsy. Bonus: if you’re in California, it’s available as a tattoo. Contact Scott for details. Impressive.

Taste on food

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Tacos: We cooked up a big batch of Tacos using our homemade taco seasoning, and just went nuts pouring Dia del Perro sauce onto them. The fresh flavor of Dia del Perro was very complimentary. It blended well with the spicy meat, crispy tacos, and sour cream. Winner.

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Flour Tostadas: Again, the sauce rocked on these. The Flour Tostadas almost gave us a better picture of the sauce.

We could really taste the flavors of the Dia del Perro on our Flour Tostadas, even more than on the tacos from the night before. If you want to know how to make these, just shoot us an email or use the Contact Us menu. Fresh and bold.

Where to buy

All of Lucky Dog’s Hot Sauces are available at http://luckydoghotsauce.com/

Tell Scott that HotSauceDaily sent you!

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.

hot maple smokey habanero sauce

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.

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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.

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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.

High Octane Sauce Company on Kickstarter

High Octane Sauce Company, from Katy, Texas, has launched a Kickstarter campaign. They are currently making over 20 different hot sauces and salsas and are trying to raise funds to purchase additional equipment to continue producing high quality, Artisan style sauces.

high octane on kickstarter

High Octane Sauce Company on Kickstarter

Kevin and Audrey Billings of High Octane Sauce Company need some help with their Kickstarter campaign. Please visit their Kickstarter page and consider pledging to help them continue to grow. They are offering some really nice “rewards” for your pledge.

high octane sauces products

Their Tire Smokin’ Salsa, available in Medium and Hot, was one of our Favorite Products of 2012, as well as a 1st Place Winner in Austin in 2013.

tire smokin salsa from high octane

Visit them at http://highoctanesauceco.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

What is Kickstarter?

We’re a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you. Since our launch in 2009, 5.6 million people have pledged $966 million, funding 55,000 creative projects. Thousands of creative projects are raising funds on Kickstarter right now.

Kickstarter.com is a crowd-funding source, where you pledge an amount of funds – from $1 and up. The campaign you choose to back offers “rewards” at different levels of pledges – you pick your pledge and reward.

We have a lot of fun backing projects or “campaigns” on Kickstarter – especially food companies like High Octane. We’ve supported over 20 projects on Kickstarter. Some are successful, some are not.

If the campaign does NOT meet their goal, you owe nothing. And pledges are easy to make using any credit card via Amazon Payments. Easy peasy, and your card does NOT get charged unless and until they meet their goal. Very little risk. I just backed another project while I was writing this post!

So please consider helping out Kevin and Audrey of High Octane Sauce Company with their Kickstarter campaign NOW! There’s only 15 days left, and they need us now.

Sriracha Shortage? What Shortage?

Now is a great time to discover the many other Sriracha style hot sauces that are available. With the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha being mandated to halt shipments until sometime in January, lovers of that venerable Rooster Sauce have plenty of other options to get their fix.

sriracha shortage alternatives

Sriracha shortage? We don’t need no steenkin’ shortage!

Here are just a few of the many craft made sriracha sauces available on the ‘net, as well as a few store brands that are all good alternative choices. Sriracha apocalypse? Don’t believe us? Check out #srirachapocalypse on Twitter!

Blazing Dragon Hot Sauce – Organic Ghost Pepper Sriracha

Blazing Dragon Ghost Sriracha

Blazing Dragon Ghost Sriracha

Carter Lee of Blazing Dragon is crafting some blazing hot sauces out of his California kitchen. Thin and hot, this one features Ghost Peppers in the Sriracha mix. You’ll have to contact Carter by email to order some.

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jojo’s sriracha

jojo's sriracha small batch

jojo’s sriracha small batch

Featured in Griffin Hammond’s new Sriracha Documentary, jojo’s is “one of a kind – a small batch” sauce crafted to be unique. jojo’s is based in Brooklyn, NY. Her site is loveofjojo.com.

Purchase jojo’s Sriracha from Etsy here.

Sriracha Panich

Sriracha Panich

Sriracha Panich

Another authentic Thai sriracha sauce, Sriracha Panich (pronounced “pan ‘need“) – again featured in Hammond’s documentary.

Purchase from ImportFood.com

Dark Star Sriracha

Dark Star Sriracha

Dark Star Sriracha

Dark Star Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce is available on Amazon.com. They also make an Extreme Heat version for you over-the-top chileheads!

Buy Dark Star from Amazon.com

Voodoo Chile Sriracha

Voodoo Chile Si Racha Sauce

Voodoo Chile Si Racha Sauce

Si’Racha Sauce from Voodoo Chile in a plastic squeeze bottle.

http://www.voodoochilesauces.com/wp/products/siracha/

Apinya Thai Chili Sauce

Apinya Thai Chili Sauce

Apinya Thai Chili Sauce

Adam and Apinya Ross from the Northern Virgina area are crafting some delicious Thai sauces. In addition to the Chili Sauce, they offer Thai Basil Aji, Coconut Harissa, and Pumpkin Panang sauces.

http://apinya.co/

Race City Sauce Works Cirque des Sept Enfers Seven Pepper Sriracha

Race City Sauce Works 7 Pepper Sriracha

Race City Sauce Works 7 Pepper Sriracha

I don’t really know what that means, but everything from Race City Sauce Works is stellar! We’ve not cracked open our bottle of Seven Pepper Sriracha yet, but I guarantee it’ll be a great sauce.

http://www.racecitysauceworks.com

Store Brands of Sriracha

Readily available in almost all grocery stores are the following:

Kikkoman Sriracha

Famous for their soy sauces, Kikkoman makes a sriracha sauce that has some fans.
I’m not one of them.

HT Traders – Harris Teeter

A household favorite here at HotSauceDaily, we reviewed this HT Traders and Kikkoman’s here.

For you die-hard Sriracha fans, don’t miss our popular Sriracha Garlic Wings recipe too.

Is there a Sriracha sauce that you just love and we’ve left out? Please tell us in the Comments below!

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.

ed's roadhouse pineapple habanero

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.

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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.