Crazy Good Raging Pineapple Salsa Review

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

crazy good pineapple salsa

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.

closeup of crazy good pineapple salsa

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.

05-ice-cream-with-pineapple-salsa

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

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.

01a-feature-lucky-dog-bottles

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.

Optimization WordPress Plugins & Solutions by W3 EDGE