Mikey V’s Smoked Bacon Salsa

A huge hit at the latest NYC Hot Sauce Expo, Mikey V’s Smoked Bacon Salsa was a sell-out. But I managed to get a couple of jars just before they ran out.

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Mikey V’s new Smoked Bacon Salsa features Rentsch Brewery’s Weizenbock Beer

Ingredients: Tomatoes, Beer, Onions, Jalapeño peppers, Lime juice, Fresh garlic, Cilantro, Spices, Natural bacon flavoring, Pure cane sugar, Kosher salt, Black pepper, Spices, Cumin.

If you look at those ingredients – that’s pretty much how the flavors come out.

This delicious salsa has a distinct yet mild beer flavor coupled with fresh tasting onions and garlic. Jalapeños bring on the little heat that it offers.

The smoked bacon flavor comes from a natural bacon flavoring ingredient. I appreciate this, as I wouldn’t want pieces of cooked bacon in my salsa. I’m ok with the flavor of it though, and I like a little natural smoke flavor if it’s in small doses.

The pure cane sugar adds a nice sweetness to the overall flavor – I do like a sweet base in my salsas and sauces.

This is one of those “WOW” salsas that everyone will love! I couldn’t stop eating it as I write this review!

Texture & Appearance: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Chunky. Lots of tomato, onion, garlic and jalapeño pieces.

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Heat Level: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – Nice mild tingle. Just enough heat for everyone.

Where to buy: Visit Mikey V’s Foods at http://www.mikeyvsfoods.com/

Mikey V’s is also available to you lucky Texan’s all over the Austin and San Antonio areas.

They are also available at stores across the country. For the full list visit: http://www.mikeyvsfoods.com/about

About: Based in Georgetown, Texas, Mikey V’s Foods is an award winning, Veteran owned, Texas based food company aimed at offering high quality, hot sauces, salsas, spicy pickles and jerky, using only the freshest all-natural ingredients with no artificial preservatives. We view ourselves as partners with our clients, and our community.

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.

Consuming Fires Smoked Jalapeño Sauce

Consuming Fires Sauces & Seasonings is a micro-business producing small batch, lightly smoked hot sauce. Launched in early 2014, Chef Ron and Teresa Jones have created Smoked Jalapeño, Smoked Habanero, and Smoked Andouille sauces.

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Consuming Fires: Smoked Hot Sauces

I’m so excited to tell you about Consuming Fires and their smoked hot sauces. These sauces are flavorful and delicious, and they all have the hallmark of a chef crafted small batch sauce.

Each sauce features a smoked chile along with smoked salt for a smooth and savory flavor. This smokey profile is then coupled with apple juice, garlic, and a blend of vinegar that really makes them unique.

First up, and the “one that started it all” as they say, is their Smoked Jalapeño Sauce. As you get into the story behind Consuming Fires, it’s not an unusual one. One day, a crop of peppers from a small garden, usually jalapeños, yield so many peppers that the beckoning call is “let’s make hot sauce!” And so it was with Consuming Fires. And we all benefit from that.

Smoked Jalapeño Sauce

Heat Level: Rated 1 out of 5 StarsMild.
Overall rating: Rated 4 out of 5 StarsVery good.

Once upon a time, jalapeño sauces were simply peppers, vinegar and salt. Green, slimy and boring in my opinion. But in the past 5 or 6 years, jalapeño sauces have improved immensely – with craft makers adding new ingredients and flavors to the base of jalapeño. Consuming Fires’ Smoked Jalapeño Sauce is a great example of what can be done with a few choice ingredients and some talent from a chef like Chef Ron.

Ingredients: smoked jalapeños, apple juice, onion, cider vinegar, white vinegar, garlic, smoked salt.

Smoked Jalapeño Sauce from Consuming Fires

bright green, smooth and silky

Texture and Appearance: This bright green sauce is barely thick – just slightly thick. The very smooth appearance shows almost no bits or ingredients floating about. This is a simple sauce. But it does coat the neck of the bottle and so deserves the “barely thick” description.

The aroma is very smoky and sweet followed up with onion and vinegar. Fragrant.

Taste Straight Up: First taste, straight up, is of a smoky, sweet, peppery sauce. The vinegar flavor is there, but not overwhelming. There is a strong amount of smoke that stays with you as the heat from the jalapeño subsides.

Fans of jalapeño sauces will love this one. A bright and fresh finish tells us this is hand-crafted and bottled fresh. It’s all good stuff here. Delicious.

Jalapeño Smoked Hot Sauce on fried egg

smoky green jalapeño on egg – yummy!

Taste on Food: I’m a sucker for anything smoked – especially peppers and sauces. On my simple fried egg with cheese, this sauce brings a wonderful sweet and smoky flavor to it. The fresh green jalapeño flavor really shines here. The garlic and vinegar add their own zing to the mix. Delightful.

Burritos with Jalapeño Smoked Hot Sauce from Consuming Fires

our burritos with Consuming Fires’ Smoked Jalapeño sauce

I fixed up some burritos to pour the sauce on too. (I really should post our recipe for toasted burritos someday.)

Final Thoughts

We like to comment on labels, graphics and packaging, when it’s warranted. And here, Consuming Fires keeps it simple.

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The label sports a small banner that says “Consuming Fires Sauces & Seasonings”. I’m hoping the “seasonings” part shows up on their menu someday.

Their logo is a nice clean graphic with a little chile pepper incorporated into the “F”. Other than the title of the sauce, the labels stay the same on all 3 flavors – save a slight background color change among each.

This simple, mild, delicious Jalapeño sauce is a great choice for those that like just a little heat, and that classic Jalapeño flavor with a big touch of smoke.

Heat Level: Rated 1 out of 5 StarsMild.
Overall rating: Rated 4 out of 5 StarsVery good.

We’ll have reviews of Consuming Fires’ other two sauces posted soon.
Consuming Fires’ Smoked Andouille Sauce
Consuming Fires’ Smoked Habanero Sauce

Meanwhile, you can find them at the following places on the web.

Where to buy: Visit Consuming Fires website to order: http://www.consumingfires.com/

Social Media: Consuming Fires on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/consumingfires

Disclaimer: We received this product via the manufacturer’s KickStarter campaign.

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Releases New Purple Label Extra Mild + Contest!

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce launches their newest flavor – Purple Label. A hickory smoked jalapeño sauce loaded with garlic and sweetened with a touch of apples and figs.

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Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Purple Label

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Purple Label launches today

Lucky Dog Purple Label – Extra Mild Lightly Smoked Pepper Sauce

Dubbed “Purple Label” in keeping with Lucky Dog Hot Sauces’ theme of naming their products after the background colors (and heat levels) of their labels, it joins their Green Label (Mild), Red Label (Medium), Orange Label (Hot) and Black Label (Extra Hot) as their mildest offering yet.

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Triple Giveaway!

We’re excited to have this opportunity to bring you an exclusive first review of the newest sauce from Lucky Dog and to host a Triple Thanksgiving Giveaway of 3 bottles of Lucky Dog Hot Sauces to one lucky winner. Read on for the review and for the details of the giveaway.

Extra Mild Lightly Smoked Pepper Sauce

Head Lucky Dog, Scott Zalkind, informed me the sauce is actually called Lucky Dog Purple Label. The descriptive “sub-title” is Extra Mild Lightly Smoked Pepper Sauce. Whew! Good thing, because that is a mouthful. Let’s see what’s in it…

Ingredients: green jalapeño peppers, distilled white vinegar, onions, organic apple sauce, garlic, carrot juice, water, carrots, hickory smoked sea salt, mission figs, lime juice concentrate.

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Lucky Dog Purple Label pepper sauce – a closeup

Texture & Appearance: Olive green in color, this slightly thick sauce has tiny bits of onions and garlic floating in it. The mouth feel or “chew” is pleasant. Very satisfying.

Taste Straight Up: Jalapeños, onions, and garlic are the big three flavors here. The vinegar flavor is muted (most people think that’s a good thing), and the sweetness from the applesauce, carrots and figs brings it home. The lime juice adds just a touch of citrus… hardly noticeable, but one might miss it if it weren’t included. Scott knows what he’s doing here! And finally, the ever so gentle smokiness really makes this sauce unique among jalapeño sauces. Delicious.

Heat Level: Here’s where things get even more interesting. Upon first tasting Lucky Dog Purple Label, the heat level seems pretty high for a jalapeño sauce. The sting is strong and biting. But the more you eat it and take in all the flavors, the more tame it becomes. The smoked jalapeños have a mild heat – and coupled with the natural heat from the garlic and onions (mild as that may be), you’ve got a pretty zesty, spicy green sauce on your hands. Not mild.

Final Thoughts:

We first reviewed Scott Zalkind’s Lucky Dog Hot Sauces back when there were only 3 – the Green, Red, and Orange Labels – Lucky Dog Fire Roasted Pepper Sauce.

Then Scott upped the ante with his new Black Label Extra Hot Fire Roasted Pepper Sauce, to which we gave an overall 4 Star rating as his best yet. And we still think so.

But the newest Dog in the Lucky Dog stable – the Purple Label – is running as a close second in overall flavor and enjoyment. Here are a few of the foods we’ve tried it on.

I fixed a small plate of simple cheese nachos, pouring on some Lucky Dog Purple Label sauce, and after heating it all up, I found the vinegar to be a bit more pronounced. Otherwise, the bright flavor of the smoked jalapeños and onions were still the big players here.

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Purple Label on cheese nachos

Lucky Dog Purple Label on cheese nachos

We also had some small homemade pork eggrolls to test the sauce on. Not exactly a match made in heaven, but it made for a nice photo, and you can see the sauce in action.

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Purple on egg rolls

Lucky Dog Purple on egg rolls

We’re skipping our usual quickie-frozen-pizza test (a hot sauce reviewers go-to), and dipping some jalapeño poppers into the sauce instead. (Okay, we didn’t really dip them… more like poured the sauce over them).

Lucky Dog Purple on Poppers

Lucky Dog Purple on Poppers – fiery and good!

Our Ratings:

Heat: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars 1.5/5 – A pretty peppy panache of peppery pepper sauce. Seriously, while not the mildest of the milds, (Lucky Dog does tend to lean towards the higher end of the scale), flavor and burn work hand in hand here. This is a mild hot sauce (pepper sauce) to tease your in-laws with. And it’s pretty damn good for the rest of the family too. Nice beginner burn.

Overall: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars 4/5 – Color, texture, and most of all flavor, with a very decent heat level, combine to garner this sauce a 4 Star rating. Versatile.

About Lucky Dog Hot Sauce

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.

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Triple Thanksgiving Giveaway!

We’re giving away 3 bottles of delicious Lucky Dog Hot Sauce pepper sauces to one lucky winner, just in time for Thanksgiving! One Purple Label, one Green Label, and one Red label. Good luck!

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Salinas Salsa Mild Angel Hot

A fresh salsa created in small batches that is authentic with every mouth watering bite. A homemade taste like no other.

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Salinas Salsa Mild Angel Hot Salsa

Salinas Salsa, Co. is heating up Texas and beyond with their line of super fresh salsas. They are winning awards like the 2014 Worldfest People’s Choice Champion for Salsa Challenge.

This first review of 3 salsas begins with their “Mild Angel Hot” salsa. Salinas Salsa Mile is orange in color but green in flavor with cilantro and jalapeños and serrano chiles.

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Nice texture.

Ingredients: fresh variety of tomatoes and onions, cilantro, fresh jalapeños & serrano peppers, lime juice, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, fresh herbs and spices & sea salt.

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Small, chunky texture is satisfying.

Texture & Appearance: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars 5/5 – Beautiful bright salsa with a medium grind texture. Remarkable for the consistent size of tiny chunks of tomatoes and chiles. I love the “chew” factor and crunch. Superb.

Taste Straight Up: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars 5/5 – Big taste of tomatoes and onions – almost like a “pico de gallo” flavor, without the big chunks. The garlic flavor is there, with the vinegar in the background with a fresh lime taste supporting the bright flavor of the chiles. The serrano peppers bring their own unique flavor without an overpowering heat. Classic.

Heat Level: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars 1/5 – The heat in Salinas Salsa Mild would appeal to everyone from Mom and Dad to Uncle “Chilehead” Ed. Just the right amount of heat and flavor to please everyone. Satisfying.

Nice cut-out style label.

Nice cut-out style label.

Label/Graphics: Very classy with a “cut-out” designed label, but a bit on the dark side with the fonts. It’s hard to read from a distance, but the shape is recognizable once you become familiar with it. Original, but hard to read. On the plus side, the label doesn’t cover up much of the jar, so the contents are easily seen. Innovative.

Final Thoughts

Salsa, salsa, salsa. Red, red, red. That’s pretty typical, isn’t it? Salinas Salsa Mild is a green tasting salsa with a bright orange look. It is incredibly fresh tasting for a jarred salsa. It is truly green only in flavor and concept. Highly recommended.

We did the dip and chip standard taste test…

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Made for chips and dipping.

…and heated some up on some nachos with taco meat and cheese. Delicious.

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Perfect on nachos anyway you like them.

Stay tuned to our reviews of the other Salinas Salsa Co. offerings – That’s Good Hot, and Hunter’s Habanero Hot.

About Salinas Salsa Co.

Salinas Salsa, Co. is from the founder Eliseo ‘Shane’ Salinas, Jr. – created to make a natural homemade taste & spicy blend to match the flavors he grew up with. This a natural homemade taste that infuses Texas & Mexico together to give you the authentic taste and feel of the deep TexMex south.

Social Media: Follow Salinas Salsa Co on Facebook, Salinas Salsa on Google+, and on Twitter.

Where to buy: You can visit http://salinassalsaco.com/ to purchase all of their salsas, and as usual, please tell Shane that HotSauceDaily sent you.

If you are a fan of Salinas Salsa Co., please let us know in the Comments below. Are you a fan of green salsas? What do you like in a salsa? We want to know that too!

Crazy Good Raging Pineapple Salsa Review

Crazy Good Specialty Foods out of Hernando, MS has just released their Raging Pineapple Hot Salsa.

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I love anything pineapple – salsas, bbq sauces, glazes, ice cream toppings, yogurt – if it has pineapple in it, I’m all in. We even posted our own recipe for a quick Pineapple Salsa you can make at home. Let’s see if Crazy Good Raging Pineapple Salsa deserves a spot on my list of good pineapple stuff.

Crazy Good Raging Pineapple Salsa

Crazy Good Raging Pineapple Salsa

Crazy Good Raging Pineapple Salsa

Ingredients: pineapple (pineapple, pineapple juice), diced tomatoes (tomatoes, tomato juice, salt), crushed tomato (tomato, salt, citric acid, spices), water, jalapeno peppers, distilled vinegar, poblano peppers, onions, orange habanero peppers, sugar, kosher salt, granulated garlic, natural smoke flavor, xanthan gum.

Texture & Appearance: Small chunks in a medium thick sauce, with a nice body and red color. Red? This is pineapple salsa! Where’s the bright yellow pineapple chunks? Well, they’re in there for sure, but with all the tomato ingredients and the jalapeño and poblano peppers, the nice yellow pineapple bits get colored over and lost in the overall look. So, it looks for all the world like your typical salsa. Ok, no biggie. Don’t panic.

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Closeup of Crazy Good Pineapple Salsa – chunky

Taste Straight Up: Out of the jar, a spoonful tastes like tomatoes at first, and garlic and jalapeños. The poblano chiles lend just a little dark flavor followed by the heat of the orange habaneros. Only a hint of the pineapple brings a slight fruit flavor to the mix.

Heat Level: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – 2.5/5 Right in the middle. Actually, the heat is on the far end of medium, just slightly. Habaneros are the chile that bring on the most heat in this recipe. And it’s a bright, fresh tasting heat. I thought at first, it was quite hot during the first couple of bites. Then I got used to it, and was able to eat more and more.

Label/Graphics: There’s an angry pineapple in the center of the label – that’s pretty cool. But most of the other lettering is muted and gets lost in the background colors. I think the fonts and colors could pop a bit more.

Crazy Good Pineapple Salsa served cold with chips

Crazy Good Pineapple Salsa served cold with chips

Taste on Food: Crazy Good recommends serving this salsa “cold for maximum flavor”. So that is how I first tried it with tortilla chips. And it really does bring out all the flavors and heat when you dip a chip into this cold salsa.

Small plate nachos with salsa

Small plate nachos with salsa

Next, I made a small plate of simple nachos with tortilla chips, 4 cheese shredded, and Raging Pineapple Salsa. I enjoyed the salsa so much more this way. It was gently heated as the cheese melted and the chips got crispy. I preferred this over the straight up / served cold chips and salsa.

Finally, and I couldn’t get it out of my head, that this just may make a good pineapple ice cream topping, so I had a few spoonfuls over vanilla ice cream.

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Don’t do this…

Unless you like tomato salsa on your ice cream. Because when it comes down to it, this IS a tomato based salsa with the addition of pineapple chunks. Then again, you may like it. People put some weird stuff on their ice cream!

Overall Rating / Final Thoughts: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – I was a little disappointed that the pineapple wasn’t the big flavor player here. This is not the fruity salsa I had expected based on the name. Raging? Yes. Salsa, yes. Pineapple? Just a little.

All in all, it’s flavorful from the 3 chiles in the mix – the garlic is fairly present, and the quality of the tomato base is solid. Crazy Good Raging Pineapple Salsa – Hot, is pretty good! It’s just not an over-the-top pineapple mix.

Parting shot of some good nachos with Crazy Good Raging Pineapple Salsa

Parting shot of some good nachos with Crazy Good Raging Pineapple Salsa

While this salsa will not make my list of favorite pineapple products, it really is a very good, high quality salsa that brings on a nice bite and big flavors. I would be proud to serve it at any party or tailgate. Let’s face it, your friends would be wowed to know it’s a pineapple salsa, without tasting like a sweet pineapple sauce. Yea, people are like that. They like the familiar. Get yourself some, and try it for yourself.

You can order all the delicious Crazy Good products at CrazyGoodSauce.com

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