Mikey V’s Smoked Bacon Salsa

A huge hit at the latest NYC Hot Sauce Expo, Mikey V’s Smoked Bacon Salsa was a sell-out. But I managed to get a couple of jars just before they ran out.

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Mikey V’s new Smoked Bacon Salsa features Rentsch Brewery’s Weizenbock Beer

Ingredients: Tomatoes, Beer, Onions, Jalapeño peppers, Lime juice, Fresh garlic, Cilantro, Spices, Natural bacon flavoring, Pure cane sugar, Kosher salt, Black pepper, Spices, Cumin.

If you look at those ingredients – that’s pretty much how the flavors come out.

This delicious salsa has a distinct yet mild beer flavor coupled with fresh tasting onions and garlic. Jalapeños bring on the little heat that it offers.

The smoked bacon flavor comes from a natural bacon flavoring ingredient. I appreciate this, as I wouldn’t want pieces of cooked bacon in my salsa. I’m ok with the flavor of it though, and I like a little natural smoke flavor if it’s in small doses.

The pure cane sugar adds a nice sweetness to the overall flavor – I do like a sweet base in my salsas and sauces.

This is one of those “WOW” salsas that everyone will love! I couldn’t stop eating it as I write this review!

Texture & Appearance: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Chunky. Lots of tomato, onion, garlic and jalapeño pieces.

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Heat Level: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – Nice mild tingle. Just enough heat for everyone.

Where to buy: Visit Mikey V’s Foods at http://www.mikeyvsfoods.com/

Mikey V’s is also available to you lucky Texan’s all over the Austin and San Antonio areas.

They are also available at stores across the country. For the full list visit: http://www.mikeyvsfoods.com/about

About: Based in Georgetown, Texas, Mikey V’s Foods is an award winning, Veteran owned, Texas based food company aimed at offering high quality, hot sauces, salsas, spicy pickles and jerky, using only the freshest all-natural ingredients with no artificial preservatives. We view ourselves as partners with our clients, and our community.

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.

Consuming Fires Smoked Jalapeño Sauce

Consuming Fires Sauces & Seasonings is a micro-business producing small batch, lightly smoked hot sauce. Launched in early 2014, Chef Ron and Teresa Jones have created Smoked Jalapeño, Smoked Habanero, and Smoked Andouille sauces.

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Consuming Fires: Smoked Hot Sauces

I’m so excited to tell you about Consuming Fires and their smoked hot sauces. These sauces are flavorful and delicious, and they all have the hallmark of a chef crafted small batch sauce.

Each sauce features a smoked chile along with smoked salt for a smooth and savory flavor. This smokey profile is then coupled with apple juice, garlic, and a blend of vinegar that really makes them unique.

First up, and the “one that started it all” as they say, is their Smoked Jalapeño Sauce. As you get into the story behind Consuming Fires, it’s not an unusual one. One day, a crop of peppers from a small garden, usually jalapeños, yield so many peppers that the beckoning call is “let’s make hot sauce!” And so it was with Consuming Fires. And we all benefit from that.

Smoked Jalapeño Sauce

Heat Level: Rated 1 out of 5 StarsMild.
Overall rating: Rated 4 out of 5 StarsVery good.

Once upon a time, jalapeño sauces were simply peppers, vinegar and salt. Green, slimy and boring in my opinion. But in the past 5 or 6 years, jalapeño sauces have improved immensely – with craft makers adding new ingredients and flavors to the base of jalapeño. Consuming Fires’ Smoked Jalapeño Sauce is a great example of what can be done with a few choice ingredients and some talent from a chef like Chef Ron.

Ingredients: smoked jalapeños, apple juice, onion, cider vinegar, white vinegar, garlic, smoked salt.

Smoked Jalapeño Sauce from Consuming Fires

bright green, smooth and silky

Texture and Appearance: This bright green sauce is barely thick – just slightly thick. The very smooth appearance shows almost no bits or ingredients floating about. This is a simple sauce. But it does coat the neck of the bottle and so deserves the “barely thick” description.

The aroma is very smoky and sweet followed up with onion and vinegar. Fragrant.

Taste Straight Up: First taste, straight up, is of a smoky, sweet, peppery sauce. The vinegar flavor is there, but not overwhelming. There is a strong amount of smoke that stays with you as the heat from the jalapeño subsides.

Fans of jalapeño sauces will love this one. A bright and fresh finish tells us this is hand-crafted and bottled fresh. It’s all good stuff here. Delicious.

Jalapeño Smoked Hot Sauce on fried egg

smoky green jalapeño on egg – yummy!

Taste on Food: I’m a sucker for anything smoked – especially peppers and sauces. On my simple fried egg with cheese, this sauce brings a wonderful sweet and smoky flavor to it. The fresh green jalapeño flavor really shines here. The garlic and vinegar add their own zing to the mix. Delightful.

Burritos with Jalapeño Smoked Hot Sauce from Consuming Fires

our burritos with Consuming Fires’ Smoked Jalapeño sauce

I fixed up some burritos to pour the sauce on too. (I really should post our recipe for toasted burritos someday.)

Final Thoughts

We like to comment on labels, graphics and packaging, when it’s warranted. And here, Consuming Fires keeps it simple.

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The label sports a small banner that says “Consuming Fires Sauces & Seasonings”. I’m hoping the “seasonings” part shows up on their menu someday.

Their logo is a nice clean graphic with a little chile pepper incorporated into the “F”. Other than the title of the sauce, the labels stay the same on all 3 flavors – save a slight background color change among each.

This simple, mild, delicious Jalapeño sauce is a great choice for those that like just a little heat, and that classic Jalapeño flavor with a big touch of smoke.

Heat Level: Rated 1 out of 5 StarsMild.
Overall rating: Rated 4 out of 5 StarsVery good.

We’ll have reviews of Consuming Fires’ other two sauces posted soon.
Consuming Fires’ Smoked Andouille Sauce
Consuming Fires’ Smoked Habanero Sauce

Meanwhile, you can find them at the following places on the web.

Where to buy: Visit Consuming Fires website to order: http://www.consumingfires.com/

Social Media: Consuming Fires on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/consumingfires

Disclaimer: We received this product via the manufacturer’s KickStarter campaign.

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Releases New Purple Label Extra Mild + Contest!

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce launches their newest flavor – Purple Label. A hickory smoked jalapeño sauce loaded with garlic and sweetened with a touch of apples and figs.

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Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Purple Label

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Purple Label launches today

Lucky Dog Purple Label – Extra Mild Lightly Smoked Pepper Sauce

Dubbed “Purple Label” in keeping with Lucky Dog Hot Sauces’ theme of naming their products after the background colors (and heat levels) of their labels, it joins their Green Label (Mild), Red Label (Medium), Orange Label (Hot) and Black Label (Extra Hot) as their mildest offering yet.

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Triple Giveaway!

We’re excited to have this opportunity to bring you an exclusive first review of the newest sauce from Lucky Dog and to host a Triple Thanksgiving Giveaway of 3 bottles of Lucky Dog Hot Sauces to one lucky winner. Read on for the review and for the details of the giveaway.

Extra Mild Lightly Smoked Pepper Sauce

Head Lucky Dog, Scott Zalkind, informed me the sauce is actually called Lucky Dog Purple Label. The descriptive “sub-title” is Extra Mild Lightly Smoked Pepper Sauce. Whew! Good thing, because that is a mouthful. Let’s see what’s in it…

Ingredients: green jalapeño peppers, distilled white vinegar, onions, organic apple sauce, garlic, carrot juice, water, carrots, hickory smoked sea salt, mission figs, lime juice concentrate.

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Lucky Dog Purple Label pepper sauce – a closeup

Texture & Appearance: Olive green in color, this slightly thick sauce has tiny bits of onions and garlic floating in it. The mouth feel or “chew” is pleasant. Very satisfying.

Taste Straight Up: Jalapeños, onions, and garlic are the big three flavors here. The vinegar flavor is muted (most people think that’s a good thing), and the sweetness from the applesauce, carrots and figs brings it home. The lime juice adds just a touch of citrus… hardly noticeable, but one might miss it if it weren’t included. Scott knows what he’s doing here! And finally, the ever so gentle smokiness really makes this sauce unique among jalapeño sauces. Delicious.

Heat Level: Here’s where things get even more interesting. Upon first tasting Lucky Dog Purple Label, the heat level seems pretty high for a jalapeño sauce. The sting is strong and biting. But the more you eat it and take in all the flavors, the more tame it becomes. The smoked jalapeños have a mild heat – and coupled with the natural heat from the garlic and onions (mild as that may be), you’ve got a pretty zesty, spicy green sauce on your hands. Not mild.

Final Thoughts:

We first reviewed Scott Zalkind’s Lucky Dog Hot Sauces back when there were only 3 – the Green, Red, and Orange Labels – Lucky Dog Fire Roasted Pepper Sauce.

Then Scott upped the ante with his new Black Label Extra Hot Fire Roasted Pepper Sauce, to which we gave an overall 4 Star rating as his best yet. And we still think so.

But the newest Dog in the Lucky Dog stable – the Purple Label – is running as a close second in overall flavor and enjoyment. Here are a few of the foods we’ve tried it on.

I fixed a small plate of simple cheese nachos, pouring on some Lucky Dog Purple Label sauce, and after heating it all up, I found the vinegar to be a bit more pronounced. Otherwise, the bright flavor of the smoked jalapeños and onions were still the big players here.

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Purple Label on cheese nachos

Lucky Dog Purple Label on cheese nachos

We also had some small homemade pork eggrolls to test the sauce on. Not exactly a match made in heaven, but it made for a nice photo, and you can see the sauce in action.

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Purple on egg rolls

Lucky Dog Purple on egg rolls

We’re skipping our usual quickie-frozen-pizza test (a hot sauce reviewers go-to), and dipping some jalapeño poppers into the sauce instead. (Okay, we didn’t really dip them… more like poured the sauce over them).

Lucky Dog Purple on Poppers

Lucky Dog Purple on Poppers – fiery and good!

Our Ratings:

Heat: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars 1.5/5 – A pretty peppy panache of peppery pepper sauce. Seriously, while not the mildest of the milds, (Lucky Dog does tend to lean towards the higher end of the scale), flavor and burn work hand in hand here. This is a mild hot sauce (pepper sauce) to tease your in-laws with. And it’s pretty damn good for the rest of the family too. Nice beginner burn.

Overall: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars 4/5 – Color, texture, and most of all flavor, with a very decent heat level, combine to garner this sauce a 4 Star rating. Versatile.

About Lucky Dog Hot Sauce

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

Social Media:

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on Facebook
Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on Twitter
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.

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Triple Thanksgiving Giveaway!

We’re giving away 3 bottles of delicious Lucky Dog Hot Sauce pepper sauces to one lucky winner, just in time for Thanksgiving! One Purple Label, one Green Label, and one Red label. Good luck!

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Smoke Canyon Smoke Roasted Jalapeno Sauce Review

Smoke Canyon smokes and roasts their jalapeño peppers over Missouri hardwood, combining them with seasonings and spices to bring us a truly unique hot sauce. The gourmet quality and flavor of this hot sauce is remarkable.

Update: 08/30/12 – SmokeCanyon.com is live and taking orders!

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Desert Smoke BBQ Fiery Hot Sauces Review

When Tony Morales of Desert Smoke BBQ contacted me about their new hot sauces, they already had a successful line-up of BBQ sauces well underway. I loved the fact that Tony and company started with a simple 3 pack of basic hot sauces – it makes for a nice review and a round-up of some classy sauces. Here’s their mission statement:

Desert Smoke BBQ is Committed to combining tangy Carolina BBQ Flavors with BIG, BOLD, Southwestern Spices to create the best Dry Rubs and DIPPIN’ – MOPPIN’ – BBQ Sauces around! Our products are crafted without additives or artificial preservatives using the finest all natural ingredients available. I am sure that your favorite dishes will come alive with a little DESERT SMOKE!

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Desert Smoke BBQ Fiery Hot Sauces Lineup

Big, BOLD flavor is what we do! Desert Smoke BBQ doesn’t follow the traditional product development model because we aren’t a traditional company. … many of you have heard rumblings of a new line of Hot sauces… Without further adieu I am happy to announce the launch of the following exciting new products…

That’s a huge statement from a small company that prides itself on ingredients. Let’s see if their hot sauces hold up as well.
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