Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites Appetizer

These super easy and quick Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites will go quickly at your next party.
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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.

Pineapple Orange Hot Sauce by Gunthers Gourmet

Our first hot sauce review of the year is also a first for the company that makes it. Gunther’s Gourmet has long been known for their incredible salsas, vinaigrettes and gourmet marinades. Pineapple Orange Hot Sauce with Mango is their first hot sauce release. And we think they nailed this one – right out of the gate.

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Gunther’s Gourmet Pineapple Orange Hot Sauce with Mango

We are big fans of pineapple based sauces; hot sauces, salsas, BBQ sauces and glazes. So when Gunther’s finally came out with their first ever hot sauce, we were pretty excited that it was a pineapple sauce.

Ingredients: crushed pineapple, orange juice, mango puree, distilled vinegar, apple sauce, lemon juice, tamari (water, organic whole soybeans, salt), pure honey, habanero peppers, roasted garlic, spices and salt. Contains: Soy.

gunthers gourmet pineapple orange hot sauce texture

Texture & Appearance: The crushed pineapple provides a nice pulpy texture to this sauce, with plenty of chewy bits. The mango puree helps fortify the texture while helping the orange juice give this sauce a great color. The texture makes this a bit of a challenge to coax out of the bottle, but I would not want to change the texture. Maybe a wider mouth bottle?

gunthers gourmet pineapple orange hot sauce texture closeup

Taste Straight Up: The initial taste is of sweet pineapple, blended perfectly with light citrus and garlic tones. Then comes a gradual buildup of heat from the habanero peppers that warms the entire mouth without overwhelming the flavors of the other ingredients.

Heat Level: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – Right in the middle of the scale – the classic habanero heat is strong, but short-lived. It is not overpowering, and the sweet pineapple comes through as the main flavor. A great balancing act!

gunthers gourmet pineapple orange hot sauce

Label/Graphics: Staying with Gunther’s classic label style, the pic showing the fruits is perfect for any gourmet store shelf or roadside stand.

Final Thoughts:

gunthers gourmet pineapple orange hot sauce on pizza

On pizza this sauce rocks. Imagine it on a Hawaiian style pizza…

Final rating: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Five stars – our highest rating. A perfect complement to pizza, omelettes, poured on cream cheese, as a dip or glaze for meatballs or pork chops, and much more. A perfect first hot sauce from an outstanding salsa maker.

Social Media: Follow Gunther’s Gourmet on Facebook.

Visit GunthersGourmet.com for this hot sauce and all of their great salsas and marinades.

Are you a fan of the sweet-then-heat sauces? Do you love pineapple sauces? Leave a Comment below…

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

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.

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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

Grandvilles Gourmet BBQ Jam – Pineapple Sauce Review

A line of BBQ sauces Jams like no other

It’s 1898 and you’re in Kentucky. You’re thirsty, or hungry, or both. Folks ’round these parts tell you to look up Grandville Whitesides.

“Mr Moonshine” they call him. And some call him “The Sauce Man”. Yup. He’s out back makin’ moonshine and BBQ sauce. At least that’s what GrandvillesBBQSauces.com would have you believe. For now, I have no reason to doubt them.

Fast forward 114 years, it’s 2012 and you’re reading this post. Yup. He’s still “out back making ‘shine and sauce” – and you are the luckier for it. We have “stumbled” onto some of the most unique barbecue sauces we’ve ever had in our short time here on the Internets. Chunky and flavorful, thick and rich – their assortment of flavors runs from Mild to Original Spicy to Extra Spicy – there’s Pineapple and Ginger Glaze and Cajun Kick – truly an amazing line-up of flavors.

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