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.

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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

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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.

Scorpion’s Shadow Pepper Sauce review

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Tom and Diane Slosser of Tom’s Roid Rippin’ Hot Sauce bring a new look to their line of products with the introduction of Scorpion’s Shadow. This fresh tasting sauce features Scorpion peppers, raspberries and strawberries, resulting in a unique flavor with just enough heat to warm the palate.

Scorpion’s Shadow – A Pepper Sauce or a Hot Sauce?

Ingredients: Raspberries, Strawberries, Strawberry Jelly (Corn Syrup, Strawberry Juice, ALLERGENS: Sulfite), Apple Jelly (Corn Syrup, Apple Juice, Malic Acid, ALLERGENS: Sulfite), Apple Cider Vinegar, Water, Pineapple Juice, Soybean Oil, Scorpion Peppers, Vanilla Extract, Onion Powder, Lime & Lemon Juice, Garlic Powder, Ginger.

Texture & Appearance: This burgundy-colored sauce is rather thin, with a slight cling to the spoon and sides of the bottle. Seeds from the raspberries are apparent, along with bits of berries that add some pulp to the mix.

Taste Straight Up: First taste is of the berries, sweet and fresh tasting (reminiscent of the flavor of my mom’s homemade jelly), followed by a rapid emergence of heat that moves to the back of the tongue and down the throat. The berry flavor then returns, and I’m left with a nice warm glow and the aftertaste of fresh berries.

Thankfully the onion and garlic powders were not noticeable, though they probably play just a supporting role. I could have done without the raspberry seeds, but didn’t notice them as much after putting the sauce on food. I really liked the flavor of this sauce. Overall flavor – Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

Heat Level: The heat comes on with a rush after the initial fruit flavors, and quickly subsides to a pleasant warm feeling. I’d give it 3 stars for the first hit of heat, but that drops quickly to a 1.5. Mild – Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars

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Label/Graphics: I love the label! The blue scorpion on a background of red/lavender coals definitely catches the eye, and the yellow font used for “Scorpion’s Shadow” stands out on the black background. Very classy, and a nice departure from Tom’s “standard” style of label. Rated 5 out of 5 Stars.

Scorpion's Shadow on cream cheese toast Scorpion’s Shadow on cream cheese toast

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): I first tried this sauce on Ritz crackers with cream cheese, but the crackers were too salty and destroyed the flavor of the sauce.

Breakfast with Scorpion's Shadow

Breakfast with Scorpion’s Shadow

The next test (it was breakfast time!) was on whole wheat toast with cream cheese. Winner! Some of the sauce made its way to my cheese and onion omelette, where the sweet fruit and heat was a great complement to the savory omelette. Overall Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Scorpion's Shadow bottle

Scorpion’s Shadow bottle

Kudos to Tom and Diane for not only coming up with an innovative and delicious sauce, but for creating a label that is worthy of any gourmet or specialty store shelf. Classy and visually appealing, I believe this label design will help them market to an even larger customer base. Be sure to visit Tom’s Roid Rippin’ Hot Sauce to purchase this and their other outstanding products (including their Hot Cherry Pepper and Roasted Garlic, a multiple award winner!) And tell them HotSauceDaily sent you!

Volcanic Peppers LAVA Hot Scorpion BBQ Sauce Review

During my recent trip to Zestfest, I was privileged to try a lot of new products from the 100+ vendors that attended the show in Irving, TX.

One of those vendors was Volcanic Peppers from Omaha, Nebraska. I had an opportunity to spend some time with Tim Bader, owner and creative genius behind the recipes, products, and spicy goodness at Volcanic Peppers.
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