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Spittin Fire Hot Sauce Review

The label of Spittin Fire Hot Sauce features, appropriately enough, a fire-breathing dragon, wings raised as he glares at me with his ruby-red eyes. On close inspection of the bottle, the side of the label reads, “Warning! Use extreme caution when handling this sauce. Ignore this warning and you will pay!”

Considering that the first ingredient listed is habanero peppers—and aged cayenne red peppers also make an appearance—I suspect that there may be something to this. I rate the label 4/5. I like the dragon, despite his less-than-friendly appearance.

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Crazy Mother Pucker’s Fire Roasted Fusion Review

Crazy Mother Pucker’s Fire Roasted Fusion Hot Sauce.  I gravitated towards this sauce because I have found a lot of hot sauces I like in the oddly shaped, flattish bottle (I’m sure it’s all psychological, but I’m sticking to my story!)

The insane looking chicken on the bottle looks as though his state secret is that Chernobyl actually happened in his mouth rather than Ukraine, and the label’s ‘heat scale’ indicates that this is the second-to-hottest level of sauce. But since we all know that bottles and labels rarely give you a great view of what is contained inside, I’ll share a little secret with you: this sauce rocks.

Crazy Mother Pucker’s Fire Roasted Fusion looks chunky and a bit darker red, really showing the fire roasted components with small black specks throughout.  Continue Reading

Predator Great White Shark Hot Sauce Review

Let me tell you one thing about Great White Shark Predator Hot Sauce: if there’s a hotter sauce than this on the market, I don’t want to know about it. This sauce flat out caused me pain.

As fearsome as the “Jaws”-inspired illustration of a Great White on the label, this sauce is the first of the “one drop at a time” sauces I’ve seen that actually comes with a plastic do-hicky in the mouth of the bottle that ensures the product comes out only one drop at a time. This is an important safety feature you should not take for granted. Continue Reading

Fire Ant Juice Gourmet Hot Sauce Review

Fire Ant Juice is an award-winning hot sauce that combines a number of different chili peppers with a tropical sweetness that results in a sharp, complex flavor delivering strong heat (and two cute little plastic red ants glued to the neck of the bottle).

With the top three ingredients listed being cayenne, jalapeno, and habanero peppers, heat is uncontested. At the same time, these peppers all have very different flavors, just as their Scoville ratings differ. The blending of the three, therefore, requires a deft hand, just as a blended whisky relies on the expert mixing of various single malts, each with a distinctive characteristic that adds to the whole. Continue Reading

Busha Browne’s Pukka Hot Pepper Sauce Review

Busha Browne’s Pukka Hot Pepper Sauce starts off with the pride and joy of the pepper world, in my humble opinion, the Jamaican Scotch Bonnet.

The Scotch bonnet pepper is a close relative of the habanero, with a Scoville heat rating between 100,000 and 350,000. Besides packing a powerful heat punch, the Scotch Bonnet has a taste as distinct as that of its habanero cousin.

Busha Browne’s Pukka Hot Pepper Sauce makes full use of the Scotch bonnet’s flavor characteristics. Continue Reading

Feel the Heat Hot Sauce Review

From the Victoria’s Secret collection comes Feel The Heat, a sauce whose label features a man and a woman in skimpy bathing attire standing in front of a setting sun on a beach. He’s very muscular with a Speedo-style bathing suit that hangs suspiciously halfway down his thighs. She is clad in a lilac-colored bikini the top of which barely is able to contain her huge breasts. It is for moments and products such as this that I am thankful to be an avid label reader.

You may start to feel a certain burning sensation when you hold a bottle of Feel The Heat, but it won’t be due to the sauce itself. Continue Reading

Acid Rain Hot Sauce Review

The Acid Rain Hot Sauce bottle stands out among other hot sauce bottles because of its shape. It is shorter than most and has a square shape with rounded edges. Its bright yellow label says “Acid Rain” in big black letters. Beneath that, we have sketches of two trees. One is covered in full, lush foliage, while the other is withered and dead without a leaf in sight — presumably because of the big black cloud looming above, pouring acid rain onto the unfortunate tree.

A description of the sauce on the side entices with the claim that, “Unlike some hot sauces, Acid Rain Hot Sauce is loaded with flavor. Continue Reading

Crazy Mother Pucker’s Liquid Lava Review

Crazy Mother Pucker’s Liquid Lava is beautifully packaged, with a colorful cartoon label that has the characteristics of a hologram. The label features a cartoon duck who has presumably had his share of Liquid Lava, with a smoke ring exiting his puckered bill.The sauce itself is a pleasing deep reddish orange, with large pepper seeds and pieces of garlic dispersed throughout. This aesthetically pleasing presentation is the introduction to a designer hot sauce.

I opened the bottle and took a whiff; Crazy Mother Pucker’s Liquid Lava is one of the most aromatic hot sauces I’ve ever had the pleasure of filling my nostrils with. Continue Reading

Mad Dog 357 Ghost Pepper Review

Like most chiliheads I’ve been known to pray for hot threesomes that leave my tongue hanging and sweat pouring down my face. The people of the Mad Dog hot sauce line have heard my prayers and responded with Mad Dog 357 Ghost Pepper Sauce, which contains (in order) the Bhut Jolokia (1,000,000+ Scoville units), the Habenero (350,000 Scoville units), and the African Bird’s Eye chili (100,000+ Scoville units).

Say this with me: “ouch!” This potent tag-team of capsaicin kings is designed specifically to floor you in the first round, but continue beating you senseless long after you’ve conceded defeat. Continue Reading

Orange Krush Hot Sauce Review

The ingredients of Orange Krush Hot Sauce begin with Habaneros and include celery seed, mustard, red and black pepper, bay leaf, clove allspice, ginger, mace, cinnamon, and paprika. This combination of ingredients provides a taste treat for the palate. There’s nothing subtle about the way the heat of this sauce spreads through your mouth and down your throat, settling in your stomach pleasantly as you continue to enjoy the lingering traces of flavor left behind by the well-balanced blend of ingredients.

It’s long been known that peppers offer health benefits that include cleaning out the system and even possible prevention of some cancers. Continue Reading

Crazy Mother Pucker’s Cayenne Concoction Hot Sauce

Crazy Mother Pucker’s Cayenne Concoction Hot Sauce is simply a Very Good sauce which deserves accolades. I am sure that everyone in Tallahassee FL and Mobile AL know it and have some in their hot sauce vaults. It comes from Deltin, FL which aside Fort Walton Beach. This is a smallish but very busy resort town on the Barrier Island coast of western Florida.

Fort Walton is a snow-bird destination but the Puckers rely more on the local trade: college students and bureaucrats from the east; red-necks from all over. Note: these are not necessarily distinct groups. Continue Reading

Ass in the Tub Hot Sauce Review

The caution label warns you that this sauce is about as hot as it gets, which any pepper sauce lover will know isn’t true. That bit of hyperbole aside, Ass in the Tub Hot Sauce does pack a pretty good wallop. It burns going in and, I’m guessing, though I haven’t experienced it yet, coming out as well, just like the label says.

The ingredients here are extremely simple. Basically, cayenne peppers, water, and salt. It’s distinct lack of a vinegar base will please those who prefer the pure pepper sauce. This is, in every sense of the word, a pure pepper sauce. There are no additional ingredients to give it a twist. What you taste is what you get. Continue Reading

Blair’s Ultra Death Review

If asked, most people would tell you that  New Jersey is known for its bad air, corrupt politicians, and overpopulation. What they probably wouldn’t tell you is that one of the hottest sauces in the known universe  got its start in a humble locale on the Jersey Shore.

Since the its inception in 1989 Bliar’s Hot sauces have become legendary among chili heads and now its founder Blair is out to restore his beloved state’s good name. As expected his revenge is manifested in the form of a hot sauce. His weapon of choice? Blair’s Ultra Death sauce… with Jersey Fury. Continue Reading

The Source Hot Sauce Review

Source Hot SaucePeople are constantly looking for the world’s hottest hot sauces. Even a drop of The Source Hot Sauce will leave you out of breath and begging for mercy. This stuff is not what you would use to fool around with friends as you can seriously injure someone with it used inappropriately or against the manufacturers’ guidance.

Hot sauce is typically a spicy sauce made with vinegar and chili peppers (fruits of plants of the Capsicum) as its main ingredients. It is the capsaicinoids that are in the peppers that gives the the hot taste. The Source Hot Sauce only has Natural extractives of Chile peppers. Continue Reading

Sphincter Shrinker Hot Sauce Review

It was hard to put my nose up to something called “sphincter” but once I got past the name I was glad to inhale the sauce’s fruity smell of apples and raisons, with just a hint of heat. Not so in the taste—in taste the heat made a much stronger appearance.

Despite chile extract being the 5th ingredient, Sphincter Shrinker Hot Sauce still packs a strong punch. It provides decent heat, and is clearly designed for chile enthusiasts. However, it does not live up to the XXX on the label, it’s very hot, but not completely incapacitating.
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Holy Jolokia Hot Sauce Review

How did I survive a decade living in New Mexico without encountering Holy Jolokia Hot Sauce? This sauce was developed at the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University, and a portion of proceeds helps raise funds for education and research—and really, is there any cause more important than the research of chiles? I say no.

The label is simple: a picture of a chile on fire. The sauce is orange and quite liquidy, though fortunately the top has a drip cap.  The chile is Bhut Jolokia, the ghost chile, the hottest chile pepper in the world. Continue Reading

Dave’s Jammin’ Jerk Sauce & Marinade Review

Dave’s Jammin’ Jerk Sauce & Marinade is so weak that it would work well as baby formula.

“No it wouldn’t. Too salty.”

I made the mistake of tasting Dave’s Jammin’ Jerk with friends. Why does Dave’s Gourmet make the mistake of labeling it as “Sauce & Marinade”? It’s not a sauce; it’s more like a salad dressing with Jamaican flavors.

It smells like a salad dressing too, the scent of allspice, lime, salt and sugar in a vegetable oil base. Continue Reading

Mountain Man Roasted Corn, Garlic & Chipotle Sauce Review

This sauce was a hit the moment I opened the bottle. First of all, getting it out of my wife’s hands was a challenge. She absolutely loves Mountain Man Roasted Corn, Garlic & Chipotle Sauce. I can’t blame her. I always love a good chipotle sauce; Mountain Man has figured out how to blend flavors beyond compare.

This is not the first Mountain Man sauce I’ve tried. One of the key things I enjoy about Mountain Man sauces is the way the ingredients are selected to play off one another in a well balanced symphony of taste (yep, I used a cheesy metaphor, but who cares, right?). Continue Reading

Georgia Peach & Vidalia Onion Hot Sauce Review

Here’s a tasty little number that foregoes the typical odd or frightening name in favor of promoting its key ingredients – what my old high school English teacher used to call “putting the meat in the window.” In other words, whatever you have to say, say it clearly so people can understand it. I’ll try to hew to those words of wisdom in this review.

Georgia Peach & Vidalia Onion Hot Sauce is a sweet and sassy sauce that marries two of Georgia’s most prized agricultural exports: peaches and Vidalia onions. The wedding party also includes red chili puree, jalapeno peppers, cayenne pepper, and tomatoes. Continue Reading

Blair’s Death Hot Sauce Review

I never get tired of sauces made with peppers. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about pepper sauce, dipping sauce, wing sauce, or barbecue sauce; if peppers are the point of the sauce, I want to know about it. Of course, the more individual a sauce, the better I like it. After you’ve used as many pepper-based sauces as I have, your palette becomes a bit jaded. It takes a special sauce to get a rise out of me these days.

Enter Blair’s Death Sauce. The name alone gives you an indication of what lies waiting for you within. As a bonus, the sauce comes with a skull key chain attached to the bottle, which, call me a kid, gave me a little rush of excitement. It’s hanging on my key chain right now. Continue Reading

Mad Dog Inferno Hot Sauce Review

Mad Dog Inferno Hot Sauce is not so much a sauce as it is a paste. You’ll build some great upper arm stretch trying to pound a few drops of this sauce out of the bottle. The good news? You’ll only need one. This stuff is monstrously hot. A solo taste produced more than an hour’s worth of full-mouth burn, quelled very little by water or milk. It has a thick, grainy consistency and a dark, chocolate brown color. Uncapped, the imposing scent wafts out of the bottle like some sort of evil genie ready to grant your wish for oral masochism.

The heat is rapid and sustaining. For a second run, I slathered a drop in the middle of my roast beef sandwich with provolone (on wheat). Roast beef is one of my favorite lunch meats, but sometimes it just seems unexciting. Continue Reading

Wimp Retardant X-Hot Sauce Review

The bottle feels like a pint of whiskey; the label resembles an old-fashioned label you might find on something from the 1800s; the name of the sauce is quite lengthy and just plain cool. These are a few of the obvious characteristics I thought I’d point out. Not one of them has a single thing to do with the taste of the sauce itself.

I love hot sauces. I’ve tried more than I can count. Wimp Retardant X-Hot Sauce is one of my favorites. First off, there is a blend of surprising ingredients here I’ve never seen in another hot sauce. That’s not to say they’ve never been used; I’ve just never seen them before. Continue Reading

Great White Shark Predator Hot Sauce Review

I’ve never been particularly scared of sharks. I’m the type of guy who laughs during Jaws and watches the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week for the gore. Then I tried Great White Shark Predator Hot Sauce and for the first time I tasted fear– and it tasted good.

The shark on the bottle emerges from the ocean with its immense jaws open wide, rows of gleaming teeth sharpened and ready to bite. The foreboding image is an appropriate warning for the heat within. “This sauce is too hot for ‘normal’ landlubbers.” states the label ominously. “It will attack you with no warning and take a big bite out of your ass.” Continue Reading

Da Bomb Ground Zero Review

Let me put this sauce in perspective. The Scoville chart measures pepper heat level in units. A Jalepeno is between 2,500 and 3,500 units, Cayenne peppers are between 30,000 and 50,000 units, Habaneros and Scotch Bonnets are between 100,000 and 350,000 units, and Da Bomb Ground Zero weighs in at 234,000 Scoville units. What this means, in layman’s terms, is that this sauce, without much effort, could blister your tongue on contact.

Da Bomb Ground Zero comes in a little bottle reminiscent of an old time medicine bottle, with a big green bomb on the label. Continue Reading

Mountain Man Garlic Pepper Sauce Review

Mountain Man Garlic Pepper Sauce is a traditional vinegar-based sauce with aged red peppers. The added benefit is the taste of garlic. This one is infused with it. Any garlic lover will be thrilled.

The sauce is aromatic, thin enough to pour easily (and with its fresh, garlic-infused flavor, you’ll want to be liberal), and full of pepper seeds and garlic pieces.

I tried it with hot wings first. It’s an obvious choice, and this sauce was a natural fit. There’s no need to add anything to the sauce except for a generous hunk of butter. Drop your wings into the sauce and let them lavish in it for ten or fifteen minutes. The wings tasted great with an ice-cold Irish Red beer. Continue Reading

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