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.

sweet heat fatalii hot sauce closeup

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.

sweet heat fatalii hot sauce label

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

sweet heat fatalii sauce on tacos

Drizzled on tacos it lit us up with flavor.

On pizza

sweet heat fatalii on pizza

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.

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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.

Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce bottle

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!

Chef Dirty Dick doing samples

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.

Dirty Dick with Pepper Sauce bottle

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.

Dirty Dicks Pepper Sauce up close

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.

Dirty Dicks label

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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