Chef Fartenburn’s Gourmet Hot Sauce

From an award-winning chef comes this second silly-named hot sauce. But sometimes the cover belies the contents. This is another winner of delicious hot sauce flavor from Chef Wayne Howey.

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Chef Fartenburn’s Gourmet Hot Sauce – from Tropical Island Gourmet

Tomatoes, peppers, onion and garlic flavors all say “taco sauce” to me. Despite the cartoon label (and the implied joke), this sauce won’t burn your butt.

It’s a blend of 3 classic peppers along with the right amount of vinegar, onion and garlic. Some mango juice is thrown in to make everything all nice and happy.

Heat Rating: Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars – Thanks to the habaneros, the sting really lingers… but the cayenne and jalapeños along with the mango round things out nicely. Big heat for taco meat.

Overall Rating: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – Thick and pulpy, this is a hot tomato based sauce that is perfect on tacos or burritos and the like. Bold and spicy taco-like sauce.

Ingredients: cayenne peppers, jalapeño peppers, habanero peppers, onions, vinegar, mango juice, mangos, tomatoes, roasted garlic, and salt.

Texture & Appearance: Deep red in color, slightly thick with lots of pulp and bits to chew on. Satisfying.

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Taste / Heat: Tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic – the sweetness from the mangos is muted and acts only as a supporting player. This is not an overly sweet sauce. Hot and savory.

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About Tropical Island Gourmet:

Tropical Island Gourmet is the brainchild of Chef Wayne Howey – of Fire Ant Juice fame. Everything he makes has his golden touch. Despite the weird names and labels, it’s all good!

Chef Howey has won multiple awards this year alone – Scovies, Screamin’ MiMi’s, and World Hot Sauce awards all adorn his kitchen.

Check out our review of his other new sauce, “Ugly Baby Sweet Hot Sauce” – also available at Bass Pro Shops.

Social Media:

Tropical Island Gourmet Co on Facebook: Tropical Island Gourmet Co on Facebook

Where to buy: You can find all of Chef Howey’s sauces at his Amazon store under the name of “Hot Sauce Gourmet”.

Find Chef Fartenburn’s Gourmet Hot Sauce here: Chef Fartenburn’s Gourmet Hot Sauce

Find Ugly Baby Sweet Hot Sauce here: Ugly Baby Sweet Hot Sauce

Other Hot Sauce Gourmet products here: Tropical Island Gourmet Co

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review. Some links may be affiliate links.

Sugar Hill Smokehouse Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce

“Sugar Hill Smokehouse Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce is just the right mix to make you a pit master at your next BBQ. It’s all natural with pure cane sugar and molasses for the sweet; we’ve added tomatoes, mustard and vinegar for the tangy.”

Sugar Hill Smokehouse Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce

sugarhill sweet and tangy bbq sauce

Ingredients: tomato paste, water, vinegar, sugar, prepared mustard, molasses, salt, liquid smoke, onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, spices, serrano pepper mash, cayenne pepper mash, tamarind extract.

We’ve not made any secrets that our favorite BBQ sauces have a sweet component. Sugar Hill brings that sweetness to the plate, with a mild level of tang and a good bit of spice. Let’s see how Sugar Hill fared…

Ribs, ribs, ribs

We smoked 4 racks of baby back ribs to test out three BBQ sauces and a dry rubbed rack.

How did Sugar Hill Smokehouse Sweet and Tangy turn out on the ribs? Well… we think pretty darn good. Read on.

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Texture and Appearance: The color is dark red, and the consistency is almost like a tomato sauce, or tomato puree – a fairly thick texture. The fine grind of ingredients presents a nice sauce that has a good body that is flecked with tiny bits of pepper and spices. Classic.

Taste Straight Up: A sweet, tomato-y flavor is up front with just a hint of vinegar. It’s not overly sweet, but does impart a homemade flavor. Surprisingly, the vinegar flavor is mild – not overbearing.

Considering the ingredient list includes serrano and cayenne pepper mashes, I was surprised that the spiciness of this sauce is subdued. The more you eat, the more the chile pepper tingle shows up – but only slightly. Aptly named – it’s more sweet than tangy. Sweetly simple.

Our baby back ribs were started in the oven at 275º for about 90 – 120 minutes – then we moved them onto the smoker to finish cooking and get layered with sauces. (Smoking at 230 – 250º for another 2 hours.) This is a great time-saver for the backyard cook, as no one will ever know you started the ribs in the kitchen!

sugarhill sweet and tangy rib rack

Taste on Ribs: Great sweet flavor. The sweetness held up nicely, but in the end, the tang was lost on us. As for smokiness – we did pick up on our own peach wood smoke, but the liquid smoke was a tad overbearing.
Lesson learned: If there is any liquid smoke in a sauce, we do not need to add more to that by using wood chunks.

Sugar Hill Smokehouse Sweet and Tangy caramelized nicely, held its body, and ultimately had a dull, matte finish. Very appealing.

Final Thoughts: Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars – We’re so close to a 4 star rating, but have to deduct for the strong liquid smoke flavor.
Normally, I don’t mind a little bit of liquid smoke, but in this case I’d like to see Sugar Hill cut back on the smoke, and kick up the “tang” factor.

sugarhill sweet and tangy on ribs

This BBQ sauce is worthy of keeping on hand anytime – it’s remarkably useful with an authentic BBQ taste. And we can assume it tastes just as good on chicken and pulled pork.

You can find Sugar Hill Smokehouse Sweet and Tangy on Facebook and Twitter and you can order online from them at http://sugarhillsmokehouse.com.

Are you a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce lover? Or are you more of a vinegar sauce lover? Maybe you like your BBQ sauce totally different than anything above… Leave a Comment below and let us know.

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!

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.

Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce sample

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.

Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce bottle and sample

… 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.

Dirty Dicks on pizza

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!

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Branford’s Originals Serrano Hot Sauce

With over 15 products in their lineup, Branford’s Originals Serrano Hot Sauce is their top selling item, followed closely by their Roasted Garlic Hot Sauce. This cilantro and lime based serrano hot sauce brings on fresh flavor and decent heat in a bright green sauce.

Branford's Serrano Hot Sauce Bottle

Branford’s Originals Serrano Hot Sauce would be a perfect sauce to pour on your nachos or pizza, but it also works really well on tacos and burritos. You could also kick up any salsa by adding a few tablespoons to add a little “green” serrano pepper edge.

Serrano Hot Sauce by Branford’s Originals

Serrano peppers are one of my favorite chiles to include in our fresh homemade salsas. So whenever I get a chance to sample some new serrano sauces or salsas, I’m all in. Branford’s Originals has a slogan – “The Flavor is in the Bottle”. Let’s see what that flavor is…

Ingredients: cilantro, green onions, water, lime juices from concentrate, sugar, salt, serrano peppers, tomatoes, xanthan gum.

Branford's Serrano has a great texture.

Nice texture and color. Great bite and mouth feel.

Texture & Appearance: This medium-thin sauce has a nice, yet small chunkiness to it that I just love. The texture has a bit of a bite to it. It’s bright green in color and pours nicely but quickly. On one burrito, I used up about 1 ounce of the 5 ounce bottle.

Taste Straight Up: First up, this sauce is unique in that there is no vinegar in it. So the big first hit is of the cilantro, followed by a pretty strong onion flavor. A huge hit of lime juice is next (almost too much for me) along with some sweetness from the sugar. Then the green serrano flavor kicks in quickly, rounding out the classic bright flavor that is serrano chiles.

Heat Level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – 1.5/5 Yea, it’s fairly mild, even for serranos (10-23,000 Scoville units). Not a bad thing for those of you that want to explore new flavors without getting “burnt”. (See what I did there?)

Branford's Serrano Label

Clean, professional label.

Label/Graphics: Clean graphics. The branding is strong with the “Branford’s Originals” in a bold circle, and the flavor/name of the sauce is in a bold ribbon banner beneath. It reminds me of any number of sauces you may find at local roadside stands (McCutcheon’s in Maryland, for example). But it’s clear what you are buying, and has a solid, trusting look to it.

Branford's Serrano on Tacos and Burritos

Just perfect on tacos and burritos.

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – 4/5 stars – Very flavorful with quality ingredients and a nice fresh, bright taste. I tried this sauce on homemade burritos and a few tacos recently and it was delicious. Highly recommended.

About Branford’s Originals

BRANFORD’S ORIGINAL’S Hot Sauces and products were created based on my grandmother’s hot sauce recipe. I have followed in her footsteps making her sauce while adding my own touch to it! Making this sauce makes me very proud because it’s a part of our family tradition. That’s what BRANFORD’S ORIGINALS is all about, family tradition and good flavor.

With an extensive lineup of sauces, marinades and rubs, we hope to explore more of the Branford’s Originals products in the future.

Where to order Branford’s Originals:
Shop for Branford’s Originals on their website here.
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Branford’s Originals on Twitter.

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