Sweet & Spicy Alaskan Umami Sauce

Sweet & Spicy Alaskan Umami Sauce is a super thick and sticky sweet sauce. One of the most unusual sauces we’ve had lately, it doesn’t just pour out of the bottle – you need a knife or spoon to ladle it out.

And it’s worth the trouble.

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Sweet & Spicy Alaskan Umami Sauces

Sweet & Spicy Alaskan Umami Sauces

The Sweet & Spicy Alaskan Umami Hot Sauce lineup

Sweet & Spicy Alaskan Umami Sauce is available in mild, hot and extra hot flavors.

I found out by talking to sauce creator Pamela Turner as to why there is no “Medium” level of sauce. After having launched their Mild and Hot levels, they were inundated with requests for an Extra Hot version. Not willing to re-tool the labels for the Mild and Hot… Extra Hot was launched and the middle child, Medium, was left out.

Mild:

Very sticky, very sweet, very thick. Breakfast syrup sweet. We tried this on chicken tenders as a dipping sauce.

A nice, middle of the road sauce for dipping.

Mild Alaskan Umami Sauce

Mild Alaskan Umami Sauce

“Mild” ingredients: brown sugar, cayenne pepper sauce (cayenne peppers, vinegar, water, salt, garlic powder), vinegar, minced garlic, pure sesame oil, unsulphered molasses, granulated garlic, granulated onion, pepper, sea salt.

Heat Level: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – Very mild, sweet and sticky. A nice glaze or substitute for pepper jelly. Tame.

Overall Rating: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – It’s pepper jelly good. Great for everyone to try.

Good for: Probably best tossed in warm/hot wings after they’re done cooking. Also a great dip for pretzel sticks or poured onto breakfast sausage.

Hot:

Again, our first test was on chicken tenders as a dipping sauce.

Wow. The best flavor/heat combo of the 3.

A pop of heat in the mouth and up in the nose. When you swallow it, it burns your throat, but quickly subsides.

Hot Alaskan Umami Sauce

Hot Alaskan Umami Sauce

“Hot” ingredients: Brown sugar, cayenne pepper sauce (cayenne peppers, vinegar, water, salt, garlic powder), vinegar, minced garlic, pure sesame oil, cayenne, unsulphered molasses, granulated garlic, granulated onion, pepper, sea salt.

Heat Level: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – Medium heat and best flavor of the 3. Perfect.

Overall Rating: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Our favorite and most flavorful. Recommended.

Good for: Crackers with cream cheese, a wing glaze with some heat or a dip for jalapeño poppers.

Extra Hot:

First of all, it’s indeed extra hot. Darkest red color of the trio. Lots of pepper flakes floating about.

Too hot for my taste as a sweet dipping sauce. Think of this as a thin pepper jelly for the adventurous.

Extra Hot Alaskan Umami Sauce

Extra Hot Alaskan Umami Sauce

“Extra Hot” ingredients: Brown sugar, cayenne pepper sauce (cayenne peppers, vinegar, water, salt, garlic powder), vinegar, cayenne, minced garlic, pure sesame oil, unsulphered molasses, granulated garlic, granulated onion, pepper, sea salt.

Heat Level: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – Hot with far less sweetness. Hot.

Overall Rating: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – Hot for hots sake. A little overkill.

Good for: Fire cracker grilled shrimp.

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Tenders with all 3 sauces

Wings with Mild Alaskan Umami Sauce

Wings with Mild Alaskan Umami Sauce

Wings with Hot Alaskan Umami Sauce

Wings with Hot Alaskan Umami Sauce

Alaskan Umami Sauces

Alaskan Umami Sauces

Sweet & Spicy Alaskan Umami Sauces in big bottles

Sweet & Spicy Alaskan Umami Sauces in big bottles

About:

Pam Turner started Alaskan Umami Sauce as a wing sauce.

It really came about because of my own picky taste buds, said Turner. “I never could find a barbecue or other dipping sauce for meats that I liked very much, so I made my own.” I started making this sauce for chicken wings about 20 years ago, although it has been changed quite drastically over the years to what it is now.

You can find Alaskan Umami Sauce here:

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Where to buy:

To purchase, visit http://www.ultimateumami.com/order-online.html

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

Ugly Baby Sweet Hot Sauce

1 Ugly Baby + 1 Ugly Label = 1 Delicious sweet hot sauce.

Ugly Baby Sweet Hot Sauce

Ugly Baby Sweet Hot Sauce – from Tropical Island Gourmet

Now here’s one for the books. Ugly Baby’s label is, well, ugly! I had a little reservation about even trying the sauce, but knowing the creator is a chef, and knowing his previous sauces were stellar… I opened the ugly stuff er, bottle.

Two or 3 spoonfuls and 4 tacos later, I was wowed. This is a delicious sauce that just rocked our tacos.

On pizza it was a little too tame for me, but still sweet and flavorful.

Heat Rating: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – Sharp and tangy heat comes on quick under the sweetness. Nice flavor/heat balance. Enjoyable.

Overall Rating: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Quality flavor, clean profile, quick sweet heat that comes in fast. Cumin (think southwestern) is heavy on the back end. Weird label but awesome sauce. Recommended.

Ingredients: aged red peppers, jalapeño peppers, cider vinegar, light brown sugar, cilantro, cumin, salt, citric acid and xanthan gum.

Texture & Appearance: Burnt orange color with flecks of herbs and peppers, this sauce is a bit thin bodied. Nice pour.

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Taste / Heat: A sweet hot sauce with flavors of cilantro and cumin bring on a big Southwest taste. Light bodied and slightly spicy, the sweetness will win you over. Yummy.

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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, “Chef Fartenburn’s” – which was just picked up by Bass Pro Shops. Yea, he’s on a roll.

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 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

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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.

BBQ Bob’s Hav’n A BBQ Sauce

We ran into our friend, Bob Trudnak from The BBQ Guru, at a recent BBQ competition in Harrington, Delaware. Bob was selling his newest “BBQ Guru” product – and this one uses no wires or batteries. It’s…

BBQ Bob’s Hav’n A BBQ Sauce

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This BBQ sauce is a great balance of sweet and tangy with presence of fresh herbs, spices and a slight vinegar finish. Appeals to all ages from 2 to 102. Especially great on chicken, ribs, burgers, brats and all pork cuts.

“All pork cuts”? That’s good to know, as our first taste test with BBQ Bob’s is on pork skewers. But first, let’s look at the sauce up close.

Ingredients: Cider vinegar, tomato concentrate, vinegar, agave syrup, light brown sugar, water, sugar, vine ripened red tomatoes, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, salt, oleoresin paprika, liquid smoke, spice, onion powder pepper, granulated garlic, caramel color, worcestershire seasoning, citric acid, cayenne pepper, natural flavoring, dextrose, oleoresin capsicum, sulfur dioxide.

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Texture & Appearance: A reddish brown color is flecked with spices and seasonings. Black pepper flecks are prominent too. The sauce is also shiny and relatively thin in consistency – more of a corn syrup texture. Glossy.

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Taste Straight Up: A silky coating on the tongue and mouth leads us into a classy sauce – there’s some pleasant black pepper spice or “heat” if you will. But overall, the sweetness from the syrups really carries the biggest flavor. A very light vinegar finish comes at the end. Let’s see how it tastes after we cook or grill with the sauce. Classic.

Packaging: A big 19 ounce glass bottle contains the sauce. The label and graphics are simple in colors and a cartoony pig adorns the label. The word “Original” is also prominent – is there another flavor to come? Nice layout.

BBQ Bob’s Sauce on food

We’re brushing BBQ Bob’s Hav’n a BBQ sauce onto some pork skewers as they cook over direct heat on the grill. And for fun, we skewered some pineapple chunks and brushed BBQ Bob’s on them as well.

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Marilyn: There’s just a hint of a vinegar edge to the flavor of the sauce on the pork skewers. It’s a subtle sauce – not overpowering at all. A lot of the sweetness has cooked out and we’re left with a smoky and sticky coating.

I think this sauce would fare better on a fattier piece of meat – whether that be pulled pork, or even some chicken parts.

Marilyn’s rating: On our scale of 1 – 5, I would give this Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – it’s a pleasant enough sauce, but nothing spectacular.

Brian: I’m disappointed in how much this sauce “broke down” after cooking. It’s just a thin glimmer of what it started out to be. This is not a thick, gloppy sauce – especially after cooking.

Maybe it would make a great base to add to – to make it your own flavored sauce. Doctor it up a bit with either spices or other flavorings – chiles, or fruits would fit nicely here.

Brian’s rating: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – 1/5 Stars from me. Perfect for a tame, mild bbq sauce. If this were the 1960’s, I could see this sauce on every red plaid tablecloth in the backyard.

Visit http://www.havenabbq.com/ to purchase.

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Our final thoughts:

This sauce is of the highest quality in overall taste and makeup. It is truly much better than any you’d find on the grocery shelf. It’s just a bit tame, timid and mild for our tastes. We like a bolder sauce, in both texture, taste, and overall flavor hit.

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!

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