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.

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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Firie Habanero Hot Sauce Review

Firie Habanero Hot Sauce from Smoking J’s Hot Sauce Company out of Candler NC is a Caribbean style hot sauce.

Smoking J’s is a family owned business in western NC… they grow their own habaneros on their 10 acre farm, they smoke the peppers with applewood for hours and create their own mash. These guys are making small batch sauces with attention to fresh ingredients. They’re members of the Appalacian Sustainable Agriculture Project as well as the Appalacian Grown Fresh Foods group. While their Firie Habanero Hot Sauce was their first product to market, owner Joel Mowrey tells me they recently launched some other fiery goodies – namely Jamaican Ginger Hot Sauce, Roasted Ghost Hot Sauce and Smoky Mango Habanero Hot Sauces. They are also now offering a Pico de Gallo Salsa and a Roasted Ghost Salsa.

But this review is about the Firie Sauce… now, Firie is spelled F I R I E as in Irie. Irie Mon. It’s a Caribbean style sauce – made with smoked habaneros and mangos, along with vinegar, carrots, sugar, garlic, lime juice and curry powder.
I’ve never been a big fan of habanero sauces, as my tastes run toward darker, smoky flavors, but I’ve had a few that I like above the others – Orange Rush, Sting-Rays among a few. But this sauce is a quality sauce.

When I poured some of this Firie sauce onto a piece of pita bread and tasted it, my first thought was “pretty basic” tastes like a fruit and habanero sauce – like most others.
With it’s standard orange color, it also looks like every other habby sauce but then the burn kicked in. This stuff is hot! A medium hot hot.

Another pour and a few tastes later, my head was sweating and I was beginning to pick up on the subtleties of what clearly is a unique sauce. Mainly the smokiness of the habaneros started coming thru and there’s that hint of curry powder to give it a different spiciness.

I like it when hot sauce has some sweetness to it. A good balance. And the mangos, carrots and sugar bring a nice sweet blend, with the garlic very light and way in the background.

As I said, I’m far from the expert on habanero sauces, but I do like this one. And there’s no refrigeration needed so you can keep this out on the table for everyday use!

As I finish this up, I’m waiting for my taco meat to finish cooking – want to try some Firie Habanero on the tacos.

Texture & Appearance:Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – a thin consistency – when the first ingredient is water, it’s not gonna be thick.

Taste: Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars – again a habanero flavor winner with me.

Heat Level: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – lots of short lived heat here. Burns briefly, then it goes away.

Label/Graphics: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – The label is very confusing with the Star of David behind two large peppers (we think they’re peppers), flames and palm trees are here too.

Overall Rating: Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars – a winner of a habanero sauce for me… just needs some body and pulp for me to give it a 4 or 5 Star rating.

Ingredients: water, mango, vinegar, smoked habaneros, carrots, sugar, garlic, lime juice, salt, spices, xanthan gum, curry powder

Visit Smoking J’s Fiery Foods to order a few bottles of this very unique, fresh Habanero sauce, and tell ’em HotSauceDaily.com sent you!
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BBQAddicts.com Venture to the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

Creators of the Bacon Explosion, Aaron and Jason of BBQAddicts.com, went to the 2nd Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival to cook up more than 30 Bacon Explosions for 300+ bacon fans in Des Moines, Iowa.

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They have a great video of Aaron and Jason making the Explosions for the crowd, which includes the ceremonious Bacon Explosion Parade featuring the Dancing Bacon Girl.

While they were cooking the 30+ chubs of Bacon Explosions, the crowd dined on … yes, bacon! Bacon Cheeseburgers with Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos and Tater Tots, bacon breakfast sandwiches and bacon. Oh, and lots and lots of beer.

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As someone who’s made a few Bacon Explosions, which are awesome and so easy, I’d like to point out that each one includes 3 – 4lbs of pork! One to 2 lbs bacon and about 2lbs of sausage! We’re talking about 128 pounds of pork goodness! Des Moines will never be the same.

Links for this amazing story / event:

If you’ve never heard of the Bacon Explosion, then start here. Now!

Here’s the link to the full story on BBQAddicts.com about the Festival.

The 2nd Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

The Original Post That Started It All – Bacon Explosion: The BBQ Sausage Recipe of All Recipes

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Bacon Explosion – The BBQ Sausage Recipe of all Recipes

Jason and the guys over at bbqaddicts.com have created a monster of a “chub” of bacon, sausage, and bbq. They are a  Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) competition team, Burnt Finger BBQ.  This is their latest artery-clogging invention.

It’s bacon! It’s sausage! It’s MORE bacon! There’s BBQ sauce, BBQ rub. More BBQ sauce.

For anyone who’s ever smoked a “fatty” on their grill, this is the next level.

Here’s how it starts out. A bacon mat with rub sprinkled on:

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Then there’s sausage & more bacon & rub & bbq sauce in the middle …

This is how it ends up:

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Obviously pork is best served by itself, but if you feel the need to make this meat monster into a sandwich, try placing a couple Bacon Explosion slices on a warm Pillsbury’s Grands Biscuit. You’ll reach pork Nirvana is no time flat!

I’ve left out all the  steps and delicious photos, because, bacon lovers, you gotta see this recipe.

Personally, I can’t wait to try it!  Here’s the link:

http://www.bbqaddicts.com/blog/recipes/bacon-explosion/

Update 03/19/09:

BBQAddicts.com go to the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Des Moines, Iowa and cook over 30 Bacon Explosions!

Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce

Chipotles in adobo

Smoky, hot chipotle peppers in a seasoned adobo tomato sauce. Candy in a can!

Chipotle (pronounced “chee-POHT-lay”) peppers are ripe, red jalapenos that have been dried and smoked. In their dried form, they look brown and leathery. In the sweet, adobo sauce, they are soft and red.

The adobo sauce, which can be purchased canned by itself, is a lightly spiced, thin tomato sauce. See ingredients below.

These babies are hot, smoky and sweet. You have to chop them to use in recipes, because the whole pepper is too big and hot to add whole.

Chop some up and throw in your burgers before cooking, add to barbecue sauces, baked beans… or whenever you want that fresh, hot and smoky chipotle flavor in your recipe!

They are the base for my Mega’s Smoky Chipotle Salsa as well as the main ingredient in Rachel Ray’s “Texas Hold-ums Mini Chipotle Burgers with Warm Fire-roasted Garlic Ketchup” – yea, it’s a mouthfull! But they are incredibly good!

La Morena Chipotles in Adobo

I prefer the La Morena brand, or La Costena or Herdez brands. Stay away from the San Marcos brand, I think they are inferior.

After opening, these keep in the fridge for 3-4 weeks in an airtight container.

Ingredients:

  • chipotle peppers, tomato puree, paprika, sugar, salt, onions, sesame oil, vinegar, garlic, bay leaves and oregano

You should be able to buy canned chipotles in adobo at your grocer -look in the international foods isle.

TheSpiceHouse.com offers canned, as well as dried and powdered versions of chipotles.

If you’d like to make your own, I found this recipe that looks pretty authentic, but I haven’t tried it yet.