Sweet Heat Gourmet – Sinclair’s Fatalii Hot Sauce

Sweet Heat Gourmet began in 2011 with Chef Michelle Mierwald committing to crafting fresh hot sauces using locally sourced chile peppers and ingredients. Fast forward 2 years, and Sweet Heat Gourmet currently offers over a dozen products including seasonal and special batch sauces.

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Sweet Heat Gourmet – Sinclair’s Fatalii Hot Sauce

Michelle and David Mierwald were approached by a young man named Sinclair, with a basketful of Fatalii peppers. He encouraged them to make a sauce with the Fatalii peppers. Doubting that it would ever be a success, they crafted what would become Sinclair’s Fatalii Hot Sauce.
The Fatalii Chile Pepper has a sweet fruity and citrus flavor and Sweet Heat Gourmet has found an almost perfect match with it and their added ingredients.

Ingredients: apple cider vinegar, crushed tomatoes, fatalii peppers, carrot, fresh lime juice, lime zest, sugar, spices.

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Texture & Appearance: Burnt orange in color, this slightly thick sauce clings nicely to the bottle and makes for a fairly thick pour onto foods. Nice.

Taste Straight Up: Fruity, sweet and pungent, this delicious hot sauce has a very slow approach to get to the heat. The Fatalii Pepper itself is indeed sweet and citrus-y, and brings on a delayed heat that will please you. Fruity and warm.

I am not a superhot fan by any means. I want some flavor with my hot sauces. But Ed Currie of PuckerButtPepperCompany recently turned me onto a few superhot chiles and I was just blown away by the intense flavor of them. This was before the heat kicked in. So I’m coming around.

The more I ate Sweet Heat Gourmet – Sinclair’s Fatalii Hot Sauce, the more I wanted it. Again and again. Breathtakingly good.

Heat Level: The Fatalii Pepper was rated as the 7th hottest pepper in the world (125 – 400,000 SHU) and so the slow, impending heat is quite remarkable, but not intolerable. Combined with the natural sweetness of the chile, and the fresh, locally sourced ingredients by Sweet Heat Gourmet, the heat is well balanced with the sauce. Surprisingly satisfying.

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Label/Graphics: Ironically, the labels are how Michelle and I met. Online, we had a discussion of her labels… I favored featuring each individual chile pepper within the main logo.

Ultimately, and understandably, they opted for a consistent look across all products. I think the design is simple, fresh and classy. Kudos to Shellie and David. I love their logo and label. Simple and recognizable.

Final Thoughts

I tried Sweet Heat Gourmet – Sinclair’s Fatalii Hot Sauce on a few tacos and pizza, and I couldn’t get enough. It’s delicious, quite hot but for only a few seconds, and is bursting with flavor from both the chile pepper and the supporting ingredients. Highly recommended.

With no offense meant to the kid that started it all, I would drop the Sinclair’s from the name of the sauce. It’s confusing and too long of a title. Sweet Heat Gourmet Fatalii Hot Sauce is good enough of a title for me.

On tacos

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Drizzled on tacos it lit us up with flavor.

On pizza

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Delicious on pizza.

Our Ratings

Heat: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars 4/5 Stars – Up near the top of our heat/flavor scale. Bonus points for not completely debilitating our taste buds or ability to breathe.

Overall: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars 5/5 Stars – our highest rating. – For heat level and balance of flavors. Absolutely a must try sauce. Period.

Social Media:

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And please visit their Etsy store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetHeatGourmet

And look for them soon on Google+.

Where to buy Visit their website at http://www.sweetheatgourmet.com/ and be sure to tell them HotSauceDaily sent you!

Tingling Taint Habanero Sauce Limited Edition

Tingling Taint is a violently spicy sauce made using home-grown habanero peppers and other quality ingredients such as pure maple syrup from Upstate New York.

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Limited Edition of Tingling Taint Habanero Sauce

Jason Larche has been perfecting his habanero hot sauce recipe for years and distributing it within a small circle of hot sauce fanatics. Now he’s ready to unleash it on the world.

Small Batch Limited Edition: This hand crafted run of only 40 bottles will sell out fast. Each 5 ounce bottle is dated and numbered by the Sauce-Master himself.

Tingling Taint Limited Edition Hot Sauce

Ingredients: habanero peppers, vinegar, peaches, onion, pure maple syrup, yellow mustard, lemon, garlic, peppercorn.

A Perfect Gift for the Hot Sauce Collector

Jason also runs the SixAbove Studios graphic design house where we get hospice Cleveland to maintain it. He’s brought his unique design skills to the label of Tingling Taint. Any Hot Sauce Collector would love to have this bottle in their collection.

As of this posting date, only 34 bottles are left. So visit http://sixabovestudios.com/store/tingling-taint to order yours today!


Food Safety: Tingling Taint hot sauce is made in a clean environment using sterilized equipment. We use only real and natural ingredients and measure the pH levels of each batch to ensure shelf stability up to 12 months. The Fall 2013 batch of Tingling Taint should be consumed by the end of October, 2014. By purchasing this product you agree that SixAbove Studios, LLC, will not be held responsible for any allergic, medical, or other adverse reactions which may arise from ingesting our highly potent and addictive sauce. Sensation of tingling taint may last up to 2 hours.

Are you a Hot Sauce Collector? Let us know by leaving a Comment below. If there’s enough interest in this category, we’ll feature more Collector’s editions in future posts.

Scotty O’Hotty Premium Pepper Sauce – Mild

Scotty O’Hotty Hot Sauces are all natural and low in sodium sauces that feature fresh, Michigan made ingredients. Scotty O’Hotty currently offers three hot sauces that include a Mild, Hot, and XXX Hot varieties. All three flavors are made in Michigan with fresh, all natural, low sodium ingredients – Premium Pepper Sauce (Mild), Premium Habanero Sauce (Hot) and The Ghost Sauce (XXX Hot).

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Scotty O’Hotty Premium Pepper Sauce – Mild

Ingredients: tomatoes, beer (for flavor), onion, bell pepper, vinegar, tomato sauce, mango, carrots, tomato paste, water, garlic, jalapeño peppers, yellow tomatoes, radishes, cayenne peppers, olive oil, sea salt, peppercorn, honey, assorted spices, liquid smoke, xanthan gum.

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Burnt orange and flecked.

Texture & Appearance: A nice burnt orange color with tiny black flecks – other tiny bits of seasonings are visible in this slightly medium thick sauce. Predominant scents are of onion, vinegar and cayenne. Fresh and fragrant.

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Medium thick

Taste Straight Up: Big, fresh garden taste thanks to the veggies in the front of the ingredients. Think of a fresh pepper mash with mild heat. The tomatoes add a nice supporting flavor, but they do not overpower – allowing a hint of the beer to come through. Delicious and different.

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Nice label

Label/Graphics: Emblazoned with an oval of “Old No. 2” and proudly stating it is “Made in Michigan”, the labels are clean and simple. Flames of fire surround the title, in this case “Premium Pepper Sauce”. Good looking, although the “Old No. 2” is a mystery. Simple and sharp.

Heat Level: Mild – in a nice, salsa kind of way. The peppers and seasonings are well balanced and complement each other. Savory and Satisfying.

On Foods

Of course, we had to try the sauce on pizza. The pleasant taste fit the bill. Scotty O’Hotty Premium Pepper Sauce worked great on pizza.

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Scotty O’Hotty Mild on pizza

On Wings:

One of the Scotty O’Hotty recipes calls for making chicken wings 2 different ways. Scotty’s way, and Mrs. Scotty’s way. We went with Scotty’s way this time. We par-baked then deep fried the wings first (our recipe here). Then we tossed the fully cooked and fried wings in the sauce. Scotty’s recipe calls for putting the wings back into a hot oven (350º) for 15 – 20 minutes to “set” the sauce. While the sauce did indeed get tacky and set up, the crispy skin of the wings went away. Baking after saucing made them soft. Disappointing.

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Scotty O’Hotty Mild on wings

Next time we will try Mrs. Scotty’s version that calls for 2 parts of sauce to 1 part butter. Toss cooked wings and enjoy. A much more traditional way to make wings.

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Left – wet. Right – baked.

Final Thoughts: Scotty O’Hotty Premium Pepper Sauce Mild would be great on nachos, burgers, hot dogs and even as a dip for french fries.

Our Ratings

Heat: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars 1/5 – A great “entry level” sauce for the curious or gift-givers looking for something mild.

Overall: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars 4/5 – A delicious and very pourable sauce. Get 2 or 3 bottles – because you can enjoy this “everyday” sauce on many foods.

About Scotty O’Hotty

Scott and Suzi Owens started Scotty O’Hotty Hot Sauce in 2011 and now offer 3 Made in Michigan hot sauces as well as their new “Suzi’s Back Rub”. Visit http://www.scottyohotty.com and click on the Store link to order.

Social Media:
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Black Friday Specials & Hot Holiday Deals for Hot Sauces and BBQ 2013

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Sakaja Wild Wheeland Pepper Sauce

SAKAJA LTD is dedicated to producing the finest products of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Their goal is to capture the indigenous herbs, fruits and vegetables known to the Islands and share them with the world.

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SAKAJA Wild Wheeland Pepper Sauce

This review is a result of one of those great connections that we’ve made between a reader of this blog and their favorite hot sauces. We have to thank Tanya Z. for hooking us up with Delano Handfield of SAKAJA Pepper Sauce from the Turks and Caicos Islands. Delano and I spoke by phone, just as he and the Islands were about to get into their “tourist” season (November thru February).

Delano spoke about his passion for creating fresh tasting sauces using local ingredients. If his Wild Wheeland Pepper Sauce is any indication of the flavors and quality Sakaja uses, then they have a winning lineup.

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Ingredients: distilled vinegar, citrus, sugar, salt, Scotch Bonnet Peppers, all natural flavoring.

Texture & Appearance: Bright red in color, this slightly thin sauce has some bits of pepper skins and seeds and citrus floating about. It coats the sides of the bottle in a nice clinging kind of way.

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Taste Straight Up: Silky sweet at first, the coy, light-hearted flavor belies the fiery heat that lies within it. The sweetness is followed quickly by a full mouth and back of throat burn from the Scotch Bonnet peppers.

Label/Graphics: While their line of 6 sauces sport some varying and colorful labels, there is nothing remarkable here – there is a conch shell between two palm trees, surrounded by an array of citrus fruits. Lemons and limes hint at the light citrus flavor within. It’s pretty clear these are “island style” pepper sauces. (The label I have may be out of date – the website listed no longer functions, and I think Delano told be some new designs are in the works).

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Heat Level: Clocking in at 100,000 – 350,000 Scoville Heat Units, the Scotch Bonnet Pepper is similar to its cousin, the Habanero, only with a more sweet, fruity flavor. Which describes this sauce and its heat level almost perfectly. The Scotch Bonnet Pepper is no tame kitty. I do feel the heat level is short-lived though – adding to the sweetness and useful appeal of this sauce.

Final Thoughts: Wild Wheeland Pepper Sauce made for a very hot taco sauce.

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I thought it was much better on pizza. I love a sweet-then-heat sauce on my pizzas.

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Our Ratings

Heat: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars 3/5 – While certainly not up the the superhots category, the classic taste of the Scotch Bonnet really comes through.

Overall: Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars 4.5/5 – Deliciously sweet with heat, the great flavor and quality ingredients make this sauce a top pick in our book!

About SAKAJA LTD

Wild Wheeland Pepper Sauce is one of six sauces created in the Turks and Caicos Islands by SAKAJA LTD. Visit them at http://sakajaltd.com to purchase this and their other sauces. And be sure and tell Delano that HotSauceDaily sent you.

Do you like “island style” hot sauces or pepper sauces? Tell us of your favorites in the Comments below:

Street Eatzz 313 Foodie Sauce review

Habanero peppers and Michigan cherries are the stars of this unique pepper sauce. Even though STREET EATZZ 313 Foodie Sauce has quite a kick, they promise that even your girlfriend will like it.

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Street Eatzz 313 Foodie Sauce

This bright tasting habanero sauce features Michigan dried cherries along with ground tomatoes and carrots. It’s called a “Foodie Sauce” – and probably for good reason – as we think this sauce needs to be on food. Straight out of the bottle it’s a bit sharp tasting, but on food it tastes much better.

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Good color and texture

Texture & Appearance: This burnt orange colored sauce is slightly chunky. Bits of cherries and peppers bring a nice mouth feel to it. Very nice consistency.

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313 Sauce up close

Taste Straight Up: Out of the bottle, a spoonful of Street Eatzz 313 Foodie Sauce delivers a variety of flavors – tang from the vinegar, tart from the cherries, sweet from the carrots and sugar, and a classic heat/burn from the habaneros.

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Great label graphics

Label/Graphics: Very cool graphics on the label. “Street Eatzz” appears in many different fonts and graphics, and we like the simple color scheme – gray, white and green.

Heat Level: A classic habanero burn. Right in the middle of our scale.

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Nice heat on tacos

Final Thoughts: We poured Street Eatzz 313 Foodie Sauce onto some homemade tacos. Normally, we’re not using habanero on tacos, but in this case the sauce added heat as well as texture. Pretty good for a habby sauce on tacos.

Of course we had to try it on pizza too.

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313 Foodie Sauce on pizza

Now the sauce is really tasting good – losing some of the sharpness, it tastes fruity on the pizza. Sweet with heat. A good match here.

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Good habanero hot sauce on pizza

We admire Street Eatzz for their concept (promoting Michigan based products) and their overall presentation and look. Street Eatzz 313 Foodie Sauce is a great first time hot sauce from these guys, and we look forward to what else they come up with. By the way, the 313 in the name is based on the area code for Detroit – home of Street Eatzz.

They are also making and selling Street Eatzz Detroit Smoke Foodie Sauce – a condiment, not a hot sauce, as well as being distributors for Backwoods Mustard Co. Sweet Jalapeño Mustard. We plan to review those soon.

Ingredients: cider vinegar, ground tomatoes (unpeeled ground tomatoes, extra heavy tomato puree, salt), carrots, Michigan dried cherries (cherries, sugar, sunflower oil), habanero peppers, salt.

Our Ratings

Heat: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – 2.5/5 Right in the middle of the pack in heat level. The habanero burn is the classic front of tongue and back of throat.

Overall: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – 3/5 Above average, and worth a try. If you love habanero sauces you may like this one. The simple ingredient list (with the addition of cherries) combined with habanero peppers is true to form for a classic habanero sauce.

About Street Eatzz

Street Eatzz are “Micro Co-packers and Distributors of Made in Michigan Products”. Specializing in Made in Michigan products, you can find them at http://streeteatzz.com

Social Media: Follow Street Eatzz on Twitter and Facebook

Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce review

Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce is an exotic blend of habanero peppers, tropical fruits and sweetness, plus freshly ground spices from around the world.

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Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce with a Tropical Twist

For all of you Caribbean style hot sauce lovers that relish a bright yellow hot sauce – perhaps with a mustard base and tons of exotic fruits – well this isn’t it! But, have we got a new Island Style hot sauce for you! Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce is not like any other Caribbean style sauce we’ve ever had. Yet it brings on the heat, fruit, sweet and spice of the Islands. This stuff is different!

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Dirty Dick himself!

We met Chef Richard Westhaver (aka Dirty Dick) himself at the NY Hot Sauce Expo. And while you may think that one guy with one sauce may be battling upstream for attention… make no mistake, this sauce is a true winner, and worthy of any Caribbean style sauce award or fan.

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A man and his bottle

Speaking of awards, Dirty Dick’s has won numerous awards, including most recently a 1st Place 2013 NYC Hot Sauce Expo Screaming Mimi Award for Fruit Based Hot Sauce, as well as a 2013 Fiery Food Challenge Golden Chile Award for 1st Place Caribbean Hot Sauce. Okay, we’ve established this sauce is winning awards… let’s see what it tastes like.

Ingredients: habanero peppers, mangoes, pineapple, vinegar, bananas, tomatoes, brown sugar, sultanas [Thompson Seedless grapes], onions, garlic, salt & spices.

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Texture & Appearance: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Not your typical yellow Caribbean appearance. This sauce is a dark red color, with a very crunchy meaty mouth feel. There is a lot to chew on as you enjoy this sauce. Bits of everything seem to be floating in this medium-thick sauce. I love the texture.

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Love this texture

Taste Straight Up: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – First up is a big hit of spices and seasonings – with cinnamon and allspice or nutmeg being the most prevelant. Next up is heat from the habaneros, then a mild sweetness finishing up. Almost the opposite of what we usually experience with Caribbean sauces. (Usually you get ALL heat, and maybe, if you’re lucky, some sweet).

There is also a slight “jerk style” flavor happening, due mainly to the combination of habanero chiles and spices. Which makes even more sense when you check out Dirty Dick’s recipe page. There you will find a jerk marinade that features Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce, as well as a recipe for an award winning BBQ sauce.

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… really good stuff.

Heat Level: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – Medium-hot. The heat fills the back of my mouth and down into the throat. Full bodied in its burn, yet flavor still trumps the heat here.

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Good looking colors and label

Label/Graphics: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – The bright yellow label and red lettering really stand out. A memorable look and easy to read fonts make this a classic label. There is the issue of the mascot that is the centerpiece of Dirty Dick’s logo. Yup, that is a pig.

The pig was the mascot of Dirty Dick and the Legless Wonders – Chef Dick’s old BBQ competition team.

Overall Rating: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Our highest rating. Uniquely flavorful, with a perfect balance of sweet and heat and a spicy finish, brings this sauce up to the top. I can’t imagine not having a bottle of this sauce on hand at all times.

Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce is simply stellar in taste, mouth feel, and flavor.

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On pizza… of course!

About Dirty Dick’s:
The brainchild of Chef Richard Westhaver, a former Competition BBQ cook and pitmaster, Dirty Dick’s has been winning awards since 2006!

Who would have believed the best hot sauce in the USA would come from the cooking of a Boston Yankee? Conceived in the Caribbean, perfected and produced in Massachusetts by an award winning BBQ chef.

Considered one of top three hot sauces in the country by Chili Pepper Magazine and the National barbecue Association.

Dirty Dick’s Hot Pepper Sauce is also a perfect example of a small batch manufacturer sticking with just one sauce and making it an all-around winner.

Where to buy: Visit DirtyDicksHotSauce.com to purchase.
One bottle is $5.99 (+ $3.75 shipping) – but get 2 or 3 bottles – the shipping is the same low $6.75 for them. And a case of 12 is only $69 with free shipping!

You can follow Dirty Dick’s Hot Pepper Sauce on Facebook

As always, tell them HotSauceDaily sent you!

New iBurn Store Grand Opening in Houston

Houston TX hot sauce shop has grand opening this weekend, Oct 5th 2013. Complete with an “Adults Only” back room, the iBurn Store has everything Houstonians need for their hot sauce needs.

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Houston… we have a hot sauce store – iBurn Grand Opening

If you are lucky enough to live in the Houston TX area, you now have a hot sauce superstore at your disposal! If not, you can shop online at the link below.
Congrats to James Wreck and Amy Beck on their new storefront.

You can shop online at iBurn.com.