Deception Salsa “Tease” review

Based in Maryland, Deception Salsa and creator Chad Houck has a lineup of 5 salsas, all having the red hot cherry pepper as an ingredient, with the addition of other chiles making up the different flavors and heat levels.

deception salsa lineup

We met Chad at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo, and I was immediately impressed with the flavors and varieties of his Deception Salsas – so I promptly bought a case of all flavors.

Ranging from Girly Girl to I Dare You heat levels, this sweet and flavorful line of salsas won the Best Salsa Product Line of 2012 from

Deception Salsa Lineup

Currently Deception Salsa offers 5 versions of its salsa:

  • Girly Girl Mild Tomato Salsa – Heat Index 1
  • Entice Corn and Bean Salsa – Heat Index 3
  • Tease Tomato Salsa – Heat Index 5
  • Insanity Hot Tomato Salsa – Heat Index 8
  • I Dare You Wickedly Hot Salsa – Heat Index “Skull and Crossbones”

Deception Salsa is apparently reserving the missing Heat Index numbers for future products. We’re looking forward to them.

Deception Salsa “Tease” – Heat Index 5

We’re starting this series of Deception Salsa reviews right in the middle of the pack, with their Tease Tomato Salsa. With a heat index of 5, and my personal favorite of the bunch, it’s a great middle of the road salsa to begin with.

Our salsa’s start out with a sweet note and then, about 10-20 seconds later, the heat comes up. It’s this deceiving flavor that sets our salsas in a league of their own.

Ingredients: tomato, onion, sugar, green bell pepper, jalapeño pepper, red hot cherry pepper, habanero pepper, white distilled vinegar, chili powder, black pepper, cumin, citric acid, garlic – 12 oz wide mouth jar.

deception salsa relish like texture

I love this texture – almost like a relish

Texture & Appearance: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – This bright green salsa is of a medium grind, with an overall consistent chunkiness to it. It looks like a relish and I love the texture.

Taste Straight Up: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Big fresh flavors up front, with lots of sweetness. The sugar and natural sweetness from the cherry peppers is front and center. Then the heat kicks in followed by a mild smokiness from the cumin and chili powder.

Heat Level: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – I enjoyed the sweetness first, and then the tomato and onion flavors. Finally, the pungent pepper flavors come in finishing up with a full mouth of medium heat from the jalapeño and habanero peppers. This is a true “medium” heat level salsa.


Label/Graphics: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Simple graphics adorn all of the Deception Salsa bottles, with a nice burnt-orange background. I’m a sucker for the font they use (it shows up everywhere on the ‘net from BBQ to Southwestern to cowboys-ropin’-in-doggies sites) and I think it’s solid. The label tells you what salsa, what heat, and that’s all you need. Great looking jars.

deception salsa on chips

Chips and salsa – perfect.

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – It’s a salsa. Delicious on chips, I could eat a whole jar in one or two sittings. I also had some on a cheese omelette that really brightened up the egg.

deception salsa on eggs

Great on omelettes too

I simply can’t say enough about this salsa and how much I enjoyed it. I can’t wait to dive into the other flavors.

Other Deception Salsa reviews:

This is the first in a series of the Deception Salsa reviews.
Be sure and check out our reviews of their other salsas: Girly Girl, Entice, Insanity and I Dare You, as they are posted.

Visit to get your hands on some of these great salsas.

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.

Abrams Original BBQ Sauce Review

Continuing our series about Maryland based BBQ sauce companies, we present our review of Abrams Original BBQ Sauce from Laurel, Maryland.

Henri and Kim Abrams started their company the way many couples have, with a recipe and a backyard full of friends and family cheering them on to market their product to the masses. They are “passionate” about their product using only fresh ingredients, and their original “tangy” sauce is “perfect for those who prefer mild BBQ flavor with a hint of kick”.

In their own words,

Abrams BBQ was started from a dare. After years of cooking and encouraged by family and friends, we took a leap of faith. We went to community yard sales to see if others would enjoy our products and they were a success. We always sold out our stock of 100 within one hour! People were chomping at the bit for more! We knew we had a winner with our sauces and meat rub — try some, and you’ll agree!

Abrams Original BBQ Sauce texture

Nice texture from Abrams Original BBQ Sauce

Abrams Original All-Natural BBQ has no artificial flabors, MSG, or preservatives.

For this review, we tried Abrams Original on both ribs and chicken wings. The results were incredibly good.

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Red Brothers Fiery Habanero All Natural BBQ Sauce

While at the Swinetastic BBQ Festival, a KCBS Competition in Frederick, MD on June 17-18, 2011, I happened upon a couple of Maryland-based BBQ sauce companies. John Layton of Red Brothers was participating in the Backyard Competition while his brother Chris manned their vendor’s booth. After tasting 2 of their 3 BBQ Sauces, I decided to purchase the hottest of the offerings, their Fiery Habanero All Natural BBQ sauce. Based on an 80 year old family recipe from their Grandma D (a great family story, BTW), I persuaded Brian to try this on wings this weekend. Although neither of us prefer a hot BBQ sauce, we decided to give it a go, based on the flavor profile, and the fact that it may make for some great “hot” wings.

Red Brothers Fiery Habanero BBQ Sauce

Red Brothers Fiery Habanero BBQ Sauce

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BBQ Sauce Maryland Style – Doomer’s Q Sauces

This is BBQ Sauce Maryland Style

Doomers Q Threesome

Yes I said Maryland Style! We all know the traditional regional BBQ sauces from Memphis, Kansas City, Texas, the Carolinas, and Georgia and Alabama… but there is a company that has recently launched their Maryland based BBQ sauces – Doomer’s Q Sauces – crafting BBQ Sauce Maryland Style. And owner/creator Todd Dooms and his wife Jo have nailed what a Maryland style BBQ sauce should be.

Tomato based with a good balance of both the vinegar and molasses components and with a touch of Worcestershire sauce to really round out the flavor, their first three sauces of Original, Hot & Spicy, and Dark bring a delicious new take on BBQ sauce that screams Maryland!

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